It's not a holiday until you're ready to party, and you can't party until you've finished your homework, which in this case, is the somewhat dreaded holiday shopping extravaganza!
It's the end of the fiscal year, just three months until taxes are due, and the stress of last-minute gift shopping is an unofficial holiday some of us wish we could skip.
Although the concept of “last minute” is a bit broad, since some people consider any planning or shopping after the first week of December to be last minute and others see it as unnecessary eagerness. However you view it, if you haven't ripped up your holiday to-do list, then you can lean on Bridgewater Patch for a last minute, or right on time, guide.
Lucky for Bridgewater residents, the is the hub of all things worth giving. With the , , , Legoland, and so many more shops, you could find everything you need quickly.
It's a necessary evil and one you possibly can't go wrong with. Whatever has the lowercase letter "I" in front of it, is probably a great choice. It's hard to keep up with the newest tech gadgets, but you can be sure the professionals will fill you in.
Head over to the Apple Store and ask about the new iPhone 4S or the newest version of the Apple iPod Touch 8GB—the two-faced one—which comes with Facetime and Facebook; shoot and edit options; HD video; Gamecenter; and practically the key to the universe. Pricing varies, so make sure you're getting the best deal, especially when it comes to the iPhone and signing up for a new contract.
Not Your Ugly Christmas Sweater
You can save that for next year's Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. But give any male or female on your list any of these wardrobe accessories and you're automatically in the cool zone.
A flannel or cashmere plaid scarf, like one by Charter Club at Macy's Plaid, is a fluctuating trend, but this year it's the best among all styles. More specifically, look for wider plaid designs, like the signature Burberry scarf plaid.
Glittens are a tech-savvy and thoughtful gift. Show those on your list that you know them and like them enough to enable their bad, gadget habits by giving them fingerless, tech-friendly gloves. By now, virtually any department store has glittens in every size, color and design. For men, go with a solid, neutral color like gray, black or navy blue. For ladies, you can get creative with leopard prints, stripes and polka dots, because chances are, the lady on your list already owns a pair or two, so you have free reign to get funky if you're feeling it!
Watch his face light up when you spoil the man of your dreams, or your big brother or the world's greatest dad, with a Bulova Men's Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet. You've got to really love this man because it's a pretty pricey piece, valued at more than $500.
But it is surely priceless compared to the reaction you'll get with the watch that features a stainless steel bracelet and case, black dial with diamond accent markers, 32 diamond accents along the bezel, day/date function and six-hand multifunction movement. The piece is also water resistant up to 30 meters.
For her, snag a Michael Kors tortoise bracelet watch, with a considerably low price tag, about $250. For the past two seasons, this watch has been at the top of the most stylish women's lists. The watch has a gold stainless steel case, brown face with gold accents, three sub-dials, date window and crystal time stop detail.
Modern house furnishing is style's middle name this season. Nothing says modern more than simple black border frames.
And it doesn't end there because people are becoming their own interior designers when it comes to picture hanging. Modern layout is all about balance and straight lines, like equally aligned rows of picture frames or juxtaposing a larger frame with a set of three or four smaller ones.
Pottery Barn features a Gallery In a Box, which includes six black-painted wood frames with white archival mats in varying sizes, including some with multiple openings. At $129, it's a great gift for anyone with walls to decorate.
To older generations, it's a catalyst for carpal tunnel, but for most guys, it's their call of duty: Xbox 360's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." It's a video game, but it's also the best-selling first person action series of all time for $50. You could be the cool girlfriend and get it for your man, or even the unsuspectingly cool mom and get it for your son.
Either way, you'll be able to dust your shoulders off after giving the game, which has won several Game of the Year awards, to a video-game lover on your list.
Have you found the greatest gift, or the most unique item in the stores? What's the best gift you've ever received? Tell us in the comments!