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Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, November 24, 2000

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin

Let your fingers do the shopping
Local | Clothing | Food | Keiki | Accessories | Home | Garden | Tips

By Nancy Arcayna

We spend a lot of energy this time of year searching through stores, leaving less time to enjoy the festive season.

As we brave crowded shopping malls searching for the perfect gift, we suffer from parking trauma and tired feet. Those who need to ship gifts have the added pressure of meeting postal deadlines.

But there is a solution! Catalog and online shopping can eliminate the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Unique gifts can be found without leaving the comfort of your home.

Clothing, toys, food and wine, as well as unusual stocking stuffers are all available. We share a sample of them here followed by order deadlines.

For tips on smart catalog and online shopping, log onto for such common sense advice as keeping your receipts, product packaging and literature until you are sure you are satisfied with your purchase.

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Local Favorites

Send relatives and friends in the mainland a taste of Hawaii with gifts from paradise.

Big Island Candies
Candies, cookies and treats. Visit or call 1-800-935-5510. Order by Dec. 8.

Hawaii's Favorite Foods
Zippy's chili, lau lau, kalua pig or turkey, frozen poi, napples, maui caramac cheescake and more. Visit or call 973-0895. Dec. 20.

Hawaiian Host Chocolates
Candies, nuts and gift baskets. Visit or call 1-888-529-HOST. Dec. 11.

Kona Brewing Company
Clothing and pub accessories. Visit or call 808-334-2739. Dec. 4.

Mauna Loa Macadamias
Variety of nuts, candies, jellies and gift baskets. Visit or call 1-800-832-9993. Dec. 4.

R. Field Wine Company
Wines and gourmet gift baskets. Call 1-800-524-4275. Dec. 8.

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Women's clothing and accessories. Call 1-800-458-2000. Order by Dec. 15.

De Santis Collection
Essentials for the well-dressed gentleman. Visit or call 1-800-501-8437. Dec. 15.

Fredericks of Hollywood
Clothing, lingerie and body lotions. See or call 1-800-323-9525. Dec. 18.

J. Jill
Collection of wool jackets, cashmere sweaters, velvet dresses, pants and a variety of boots and shoes to complete a winter wardrobe. Visit or call 1-800-642-9989. Dec. 15.

Orient Expressed
Children's collection of clothing themed with special moments like trips to the circus, birthday parties, bedtime stories and the first day of school. Visit or call 1-504-899-3060. Dec. 2.

Orvis Clothing and Gifts
Personalized gift items: luggage, watches, wallets, and clothing. Cozy cuddlebags for keiki sleep overs. Outdoor gadgets and beds, accessories and memorials for pets. Visit or call 1-800-541-3541. Dec. 15.

Victoria's Secret
Clothing, lingerie, body lotions. See Call 1-800-888-8200. Dec. 18.

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Allen Brothers
Home of the great steakhouse steaks. Variety of beef steak, veal, lamb, pork, poultry and seafood selections available. Call 1-800-957-0111. Dec. 17.

Clambake Celebrations
Lobsters and chowders to go. See or call 1-877-792-7771. Dec. 8.

Fairytale Brownies
Belgian chocolate brownies in flavors of original, amaretto, caramel, chocolate chip, espresso, peanut butter, raspberry swirl, toffee crunch and more. Visit or call 1-800-324-7982. Dec.12.

Harringtons of Vermont
Smoked meats, soup mixes, jellies, cheeses, truffles, and cakes. Visit or call 1-802-434-4444. Dec. 11.

Harry and David
Towers of treats including a variety of cakes, truffles, fruits and nuts appear to be a specialty. Gift baskets with cheeses, jellies and fruits, ham, turkey, fruit trays, salmon and holiday floral assortments. Visit or call 1-800-547-3033. Dec. 17.

The Popcorn Factory
Tins of multiflavored popcorn, cookies, candies and nuts. Gift baskets and boxes for Christmas, Hanukkah and birthdays available. Visit or call 1-800-541-2676. Dec. 11.

Variety of salsas, hot sauces and other products. Visit or call 1-800-437-2572. Dec. 12.

Virginia Traditions
Honey glazed hams, stews, sausages, brisket, bacon and steaks. Visit or call 1-800-222-4267. Dec. 5.

Wine Country Baskets
An array of baskets with wine, cheese and other treats. Keep in mind, Hawaii's Liquor Commission requires a permit to import alcohol for gifts or personal consumption. Country morning basket with a teapot and a personal care basket with aroma therapy products also available. Visit or call 1-800-394-0394. Order by Dec. 18.

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For the Keiki

Company Kids
Creative bedding, accessories and play houses for children ages 8-14. Visit or call 1-800-356-9367. Dec. 15.

Constructive Playthings
Creative toys for toddlers and keiki. Music, blocks, art supplies, science activities and games. Visit or call 1-800-832-0572. Dec. 4.

Sports equipment and accessories for outdoor street games, gymnastics, hockey, football, soccer and more. Visit or call 1-877-KIDSPORT. Dec. 1.

Lilly's Kids
Personalized items and creative toys. Visit or call 1-800-545-5426. Dec. 19.

Museum Tour
Educational toys, games and projects on space, engineering, earth science, chemistry, nature, art and theater, music and more. Visit or call 1-800-360-9116. Dec. 5.

Brainy toys for kids of all ages. Visit or call 1-800-999-0398. Dec. 4.

Sticker Planet
All occasion stickers. Dress-up stickers and alphabet make great stocking stuffers. Visit or call 1-800-557-8678. Dec. 5.

Toy Wishes Holiday 2000
Comprehensive guide of the hottest toys of the seasons. Age appropriate guides and prices are provided. Catalogs may be purchased at Borders Book Stores.

Toys to grow on
Dollhouses, woodworker's products, art supplies, outdoor activities and glamour dress-up sets. Visit or call 1-800-542-8338. Dec. 15.

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Gifts and Accessories

Chinese and African art, Moroccan lanterns, outdoor sculptures, wine accessories and other art. Visit or call 1-800-589-8500. Dec. 8.

As We Change
Products for women to pamper themselves, increase fitness and vitality, relieve stress and achieve better sleep. Visit or call 1-800-203-5585. Dec. 15.

Audio Editions
Books on cassette and CD including fiction, personal growth, inspiration, history, science and philosophy, poetry and humor. Visit or call 1-800-231-4261. Dec. 10.

Betty's Attic
Nostalgic gift items featuring Coca-Cola products, kewpie dolls, cigar store indians. Call 1-800-294-4068. Dec. 10.

Gift ideas ranging from personalized pen boxes to lava lamps, vases, bedding, clothing and accessories. Visit or call 1-800-777-0000. Dec. 10.

Dancing Dragon
Dragons galore. Sculptures, statues, pendants, clothing and various gift items. Visit or call 1-800-322-6040. Dec. 1.

Lilian Vernon
Home decorations, ornaments and unique gifts. Visit or call 1-800-545-5426. Dec. 19.

Travel supplies including travel pillows, travel games, and a silver pen that fits in the fold of a wallet. See Call 1-800-962-4943. Dec. 20.

National Geographic Society
Gifts from around the world, marvels of science, and outdoor adventures. Visit or call 1-888-225-5647. Dec. 4.

National Wildlife
Clothing, bedding, dinner and glassware, greeting cards, books and gifts featuring scenes of wildlife. Visit or call 1-800-477-5560. Dec. 11.

Oriental Trading
An array of bulk party supplies, ornaments and decorations, candles and holiday tins. Also nativities, angels and other spiritual artifacts.Visit or call 1-800-228-2269. Dec. 11

Red Envelope
Gourmet baskets, jewelry, spa accessories, gadgets, games and toys. Visit or call 1-877-733-3683. Dec. 11.

Clothing, jewelry, gardening supplies, papermaking kits, baby items collectibles and more. Visit or call 1-800-776-9677. Dec. 18.
Gifts from around the world perfume from Paris, souvenirs from Sydney, rugs from Persia. See

Jewelry, Celtic inspirations, Jewish heritage items, modern home accents, office accessories and more.Visit Call 1-800-570-1004. Dec. 5.

Holiday decor, practical and unique gifts including kitchen gadgets, bathroom accessories, and gifts for pets. Visit or call 1-800-342-9988. Dec. 11.

Puzzles and games including board, computer and electronic. Visit Spilsbury. com or call 1-800-772-1760. Dec. 15.

Starry Nights
Collectibles, cookbooks, cookie making sets and candles. More than 300 gifts under $20. Visit or call 1-800-854-6673. Dec. 11.

T. Shipley
Corporate gifts including pen sets, blueprint accessories, office supplies and briefcases. See or call 1-888-898-3932. Dec. 20.

Terry's Village
Unique holiday decorations and gifts. Visit or call
1-800-200-4400. Dec. 11.

Whitehorse Press Motorcycling
Biker videos, books, clothing, road accessories and maintenance manuals. Visit or call 1-800-531-1133. Dec. 11.

Wind and Weather
Weather instruments, home and garden ornaments. See Call 1-800-922-9463. Dec. 11.

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Home Accents
and Entertaining

Back in the Saddle
Horse memorabilia, clothing, sculptures, ornaments, glassware, bedding and wall hangings. See or call 1-800-865-2478. Dec. 11.

Centerpieces, furniture, wine racks, candles and holiday decor. Visit or call 1-800-829-7789. Dec. 5.

Ceramic art imports from Italy. Variety of dinnerware patterns and accessories for the home and garden. Call 1-800-348-6608. Dec. 11.

The Country House
Decorations for country living. Visit or call 1-800-331-3602. Dec. 8.

Bedding, bath and home accessories. Visit or call 1-800-746-2555. Dec. 1.

Garnet Hill
Bedding, feather beds, rugs, clothing and bath accessories made of natural fibers. Visit or call 1-800-622-6216. Dec. 14.

International Wine Accessories
Cellars, decanters, glasses, corkscrews and wine accessories. Visit or call 1-800-527-4072. Dec. 18.

L.H. Selman Ltd.
An array of fine glass paperweights. Visit or call 1-800-538-0766. Dec. 18.

Plow and Hearth
American home products for country living. Christmas decorations, wall hangings, tapestries, rugs, table, bed and bath accessories and food items. Visit or call 1-800-247-6799. Dec. 1.

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Calyx & Corolla
A variety of fresh and dried floral arrangements. Visit or call 1-800-497-6789. Order at least 10 days prior to delivery date.

Jackson & Perkins
Fresh flowers, Christmas trees, garden accessories. Visit or call 1-800-292-4769. Order at least 10 days prior to delivery.

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Shipping tips

Anyone hoping to send packages by slow boat to the mainland is out of luck. The deadlines for standard delivery have passed. The priority mail deadline doesn't arrive until Dec. 11, but the post office points out there is no guarantee of delivery. "Express mail is the only way to ensure delivery. It guarantees that gifts will reach their destination in time for the holidays," says Majah (who was not allowed to give last name), of the U.S. Postal Service. The express mail deadline for the mainland is Dec. 22.

Packing guidelines:

1. Use a sturdy cardboard box to ship items.
2. Secure packages well to prevent damage. Do not use masking tape or string.
3. Go to the post office early. Generally, business is slower in the morning.
4. Cushion the bottom of the box since it receives most of the pressure during shipping.
5. Buy the appropriate boxes needed for the items shipped. Weight limits should not be exceeded.
6. Address your box clearly with both the recipient's address and a return address.
Visit or call 1-800-275-8777 for more information and international deadlines.

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