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Holiday party hosts want practical gifts - start here for ideas

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What will you hand the host or hostess of a holiday gathering? A bottle of wine (yawn)? A cheese board? That's going right in the the spring garage sale box. A candle? That has "regift" written all over it.

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Since hosts spend more time in the kitchen than visiting with guests (according to a recent Kenmore survey, Americans spend five hours in the kitchen preparing food and drink and cleaning up for their holiday parties), why not show your smarter side and give them something they can actually use?

According to the Kenmore survey:

· The number one area Americans need holiday help with is finding the perfect gifts and 85 percent of Americans have struggled to find a unique gift for a holiday party host and often arrive with no gift

· 79 percent of Americans prefer a practical gift that they could use in their home over a trendy novelty gift

· Cleaning up is one of the main holiday hosting party poopers – 85 percent of Americans have avoided making a certain food because of the cleanup associated with it.

This is one situation where something practical beats out kitschy - think a counter top appliance, house plant or a counter top herb garden as opposed to the Duck Dynasty Chia Pet.

Browse the images for some great ideas to wrap up for your holiday hosts and check the web site for holiday discounts.

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