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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Last Minute Gift Guide

by Andrea Raby & Helene Dryden
1) Oade’s Big Ten Party Store

Add a little extra cheer to anyone’s holiday season with a gift set from Oades. After all, who couldn’t use some holiday spirits? Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Oade’s offers 15 percent off a build-your-own six-pack and 10 percent off a four-pack (with the rest of the week having 10 percent and 5 percent off, respectively.) And with the Michigan liquor law allowing sales on Dec. 24 and 25 now, you can actually buy your present en route. 314 S. Clippert St., Lansing. (517) 332-4551. 7:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday; 12 p.m.–midnight Sunday.

2) American Eagle Superstore:

Need something for the repairman in the family? What about your crazy uncle Louie who collects dragon figurines? American Eagle has them, plus a large array of fireworks, knick-knacks and children’s toys. There’s a wide selection of products marked under $20, including the “Seen on TV” Ped Egg and the fashion joke, Trendy Top. Walk in with an open mind and you’re sure to find something for someone. 901 N. Larch St., Lansing. (517) 482-3765. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday.

3) Cravings Gourmet Popcorn:

With exotic flavors like spicy dill pickle and apple cider cinnamon, popcorn lovers will delight at this gift. One-gallon bags of each of the store’s 15 flavors go for $6.50. Add in a gift tin for the true popcorn connoisseur for $30. Gift sets of unpopped popcorn, complete with different seasonings, run from $9 to $13. Different mixes are also available. 1220 Turner St., Lansing. (888) 210-0720. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday; noon–5 p.m. Sunday.

4) Curious Book Shop:

Your resident bookworm will appreciate that hot new book or even that old, out-of-print one. Curious has a multitude of new releases and classics with various prices, but their best assets are their 50 cent and $1 book carts. Right outside the store, two carts are stocked full of books from any thinkable genre. Search around for a little while and you can find a book for anyone. 307 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 332-0112. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday.

5) Campbell’s Smoke Shop:

Legend says that the world’s first stocking stuffer was a cigar (don’t look that up). Campbell’s has a huge array, making that aficionado on your list feel like a kid in a candy store. Cigars start at $3.50, but they also carry pipes and many different types of tobacco, including a Christmas blend. They offer a pipe tobacco sampler for $20. 207 M.A.C Ave., East Lansing. (517) 332-4269. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Thursday, Saturday; 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday; closed Sunday.

6) World Market:

For the eclectic decorator or world traveler, World Market has a ton of gift ideas, including wine, scarves, jewelry and anything between. There is a large array of distinctive giftwrap for $4.99, perfect for any gift you’re giving. Also, to keep anyone squeaky-clean, there is organic soap that comes in many different smells for $4.99. 427 Mall Ct., Frandor, Lansing Township. (517) 337-1100. 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday.

7) La Bodega:

There’s no way you can go over budget at this eco-friendly fair trade store — everything is just $15 or less … although that may just convince you that you “need” everything. From clothing to mukluks, to handcrafted jewelry to spa products and incense, La Bodega has many colorful worldly gifts. There’s nothing wrong with getting something for yourself while you’re shopping for others, right? 619 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 333-1711. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday.

8) Flat, Black, and Circular:

No, those aren’t funny- looking Frisbees—they’re what they used to call “records,” and it’s how cavemen used to listen to music. With FBC’s bargain bin, you can choose some used classics or some completely random albums that you buy simply for the cool artwork. Either way, you’re golden.  CDs and videos in the bin are $3.50 each or 4 for $10. 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing. (517) 351-0838. Saturday-Thursday 12 p.m.–6 p.m., Fridays 12 p.m.–8 p.m., closed Sunday.

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