This holiday season, people will be looking for budget-friendly gifts for family, friends and co-workers. With new product innovations this year, buying for a fashion-forward friend, business-minded executive or the hard-to-shop-for dad can be easy and affordable. Here are some of the must-have items for the season:

Easy traveling: Just in time for the holiday travel season, there are four new checkpoint-friendly airport security laptop bags to help travelers minimize the risk of losing or damaging laptops at airports. Shoppers will find designs from leading manufacturers, including Samsonite, Pathfinder and Targus at Staples. The Samsonite bags will also be available online at www.staples.com. All the bags meet TSA specifications and have a designated laptop-only section that completely unfolds to lie flat on the X-ray belt.

Personalize it: Give each gift a personal touch with cards, calendars or even wrapping paper featuring favorite family photos and greetings available from the Staples Copy and Print Center. For added convenience, customers can submit print and copy jobs by either uploading digital files online or submitting them to any store location.

Picture perfect: Omnitech’s digital photo frames allow you to show off up to 2,000 pictures on either a 7″ or 8.5″ display screen. The three easy-to-follow steps for transferring images from a camera to the frame ensure that even those who aren’t tech savvy can still handle this gift with ease.

Tech the halls: For technology lovers, Sony offers its W120 digital camera with “smile shutter” technology that can tell whether your subject is smiling, to help you take better pictures.

Map it: Surprise that hard-to-shop-for person with a device that can make getting to all those holiday parties a snap-a GPS. Omnitech’s GPS system, available exclusively at Staples, offers a 4.3″ unit that’s easy to use and preloaded with 1.5 million points of interest, maps for 48 U.S. states and text-to-speech technology that pronounces street names.

To help ease the burden of tight economic times, Staples is hosting the “Gift It For Free” sweepstakes in-store and online that gives 10,000 customers a chance to win their entire purchase, up to $5,000, for free. All shoppers will need to do is enter the code on their receipt at www.GiftItForFree.com and they will be entered to win. For more gift ideas, visit www.Staples.com. – Courtesy of NAPS.


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