10 Surefire Holiday Gift Ideas

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According to the National Retail Federation, 1 in 2 consumers said that everyday low prices or sales were their biggest influences when deciding where to take their hard-earned money holiday shopping in 2008. So what does that mean for shoppers in 2009, 2011 and beyond? Sticking to true best bets when coming up with that holiday shopping list.

For many consumers, it means hitting discount stores and scanning Sunday circulars earlier and with more frequency. For some, it means shopping online during discounted or free shipping days. It also means getting practical with shopping choices and remember who exactly you're shopping for.

Each of the 10 ideas in this guide offer information about the products themselves as well as possible recipient suggestions, Need something for a girlfriend or uncle? No problem. Attending a gift swap or going to dinner at a friend's house? We've got ideas for that, too. Read on...