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Holiday (Last Minute) Feature Package

NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The following feature package is a roundup of feature stories dealing with Holiday (Last Minute) and is appropriate for special sections and for general use. 

For each story included in this package, you will find the first paragraph of the feature release below, as well as its headline linked to the full text.

This is the latest in a series of topical feature packages PRN will carry as part of its regular Feature News Service.  Coming up in 2012 are features on:


Package Name

Slug

Distribution Date

Fitness, Diet & Nutrition IV

Fitness

Dec. 10

Home & Garden V

Home

Dec. 12

Pets IV

Pets

Dec. 13

Tech IV, Consumer Electronics

Tech

Dec. 17

Resolutions

Resolutions

Dec. 19


 

Holiday (Last Minute) Feature Package

1. Haven't You Heard ... Winter's Back! Secure Your Car With Viper SmartStart for Safer Driving This Winter

VISTA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to stats from the NHTSA, Thanksgiving is the deadliest time to be driving, with over 50% more drivers on the road and increased drunk driving rates – and New Year's isn't far behind. The stats don't lie, auto safety is important and the car is your largest mobile device … shouldn't there be an app for that?

2. Wayfair.com Predicts Most Popular Holiday Gifts, Leaks Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

BOSTON, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayfair.com, the largest online retailer of home products and furnishings, today revealed a sneak preview of select holiday deals and announced its predictions for the season's most popular gifts. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday best-seller forecast is based upon sales data and consumer shopping trends from the past year.

3. Give the Gift of Giving This Holiday Season With Given Goods Company

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Given Goods Company (www.givengoods.co), a new marketplace that encourages social change and drives the buy-to-give movement, opens its virtual doors today, just in time for the season of giving. Given Goods delivers fashion-forward apparel, accessories, footwear, home goods and more from ambitious, sought-after brands as well as up-and-coming designers that not only make you look and feel good, but also make a tangible impact on causes around the world. Given Goods is committed to inspiring a new kind of buying that gives modern shoppers a meaningful experience through the purchase of products that are all associated with a unique charitable contribution. The carefully curated marketplace currently features over 800 products from 80 brands.

4. Buyer Beware: UGG® Australia Educates and Offers Tips to Protect Consumers from Buying Counterfeit this Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Heading into the holiday season, and the busiest shopping days of the year, UGG® Australia, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQGS: DECK) is committed to educating and protecting consumers from counterfeit UGG products that are being sold as authentic, and ensuring they are only buying at authorized retailers.

5. Holiday Gifts That'll Make You Hot

OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Regardless of where you are in a relationship this holiday season – engaged, married or friends with benefits – these sexy holiday gifts send just the right message – the naughty list is far more fun!

6. Philips Norelco Celebrates the Holidays in Style with Instant Grooming Upgrades for Fans on Twitter™

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This season, Philips Norelco is giving fans the chance to upgrade their holiday style during its "30 Days of Upgrades" Twitter™ contest, which includes daily product giveaways and a weekly cash prize.

7. A "scent-sational" holiday gift -- With a little creativity, natural soap makes a beautiful and fragrant gift basket

GREENSBORO, N.C., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- High-quality all-natural soap is an affordable treat for the senses that gift-givers can personalize in baskets with bath accessories for special friends and loved ones, or in simpler wrappings for office gift exchanges. Whether used in a hot bath or just washing cold hands on a winter day, it's a gift that will be appreciated long after the holidays.

8. This Holiday Season, Get "Cookie Inspired"

SPARKS, Md., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Baking is among the most fun, flavorful holiday traditions – and one that brings family and friends together in the kitchen during the holidays. In fact, nearly 60 percent of home cooks are expected to bake holiday cookies this year.1 Whether it's baking cookies for a neighborhood cookie share or a sweet treat to enjoy after wrapping gifts, the McCormick Kitchens are helping home bakers get "Cookie Inspired" by infusing seasonal signature favorites with inspirational new twists.

9. "Joy The Baker" Blogger And Author Shares Recipes And Tips For A Joyous Holiday Season

MODESTO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Food blogger and author Joy Wilson, also known to her readers as Joy the Baker, serves up funny stories and tasty recipes on her lovable website JoytheBaker.com and in her "Joy the Baker Cookbook" (Hyperion, 2012). Now in a free, downloadable holiday guide illustrated with her own photography, Wilson provides a range of fun, easy and elegant ideas for a time of year that has her name written all over it.

10.RightSize® Health & Nutrition Serves Up Holiday Diet Tips and Festive Smoothie Recipes

CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RightSize smoothies are ringing in the holidays with festive new smoothie recipes and tips on how to nibble and nosh one's way through the holiday season without adding extra pounds and inches.

11. Four Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Decorating Overwhelm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays should be about enjoying the beauty of the season while spending time with family and friends. But, with busy schedules and an abundance of decorating choices, it's easy to be overwhelmed during what is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year." By taking to heart these four simple tips, you just may find yourself decorating with what you already have AND enjoying the holidays.

12. Stupid.com Releases Top 10 Stupid Holiday Gifts for 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays have long been a time for traditional gift giving – but what about shoppers searching for something weird and unusual to give to those on their list?

13. Moravia Gives Tips to Avoid Holiday Translation Errors

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Online translations have come a long way, but not far enough to send reliable holiday greetings without a little help from Santa's linguistic elves. With the wrong translation, your holiday messages can quickly become a lump of coal.

14. Coupons at Checkout™ Transforms Online Shopping By Automating Coupon Delivery

MADISON, N.J., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Online shopping can be a powerful tool in the arsenal of consumers searching for quality goods at discounted prices. Savvy consumers typically scour the Internet in search of coupons that can lead to big savings. Often times, however, this search is a frustrating exercise that wastes valuable time and may not necessarily yield the desired results. Coupons at Checkout™ can be used by consumers to avoid this scenario altogether. The patent pending Coupons at Checkout™ system revolutionizes online shopping by automatically delivering and applying relevant coupon codes just-in-time during the consumers' checkout process.

15. Yabbly Announces Release of Its First Shopping Review App

SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer shopping company Yabbly announced the release of its first shopping review app, just in time for the holiday season.

16. Gift A Piece Of Pittsburgh For $.99

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh holiday parody, "12 Days of Pittsburgh N'at," (www.12daysofpittsburgh.com) written by Bob Rak and performed by Rak, Leah Hillgrove and Ed Selker, is now available for gifting as an 'iPod Stuffer' for the holiday season.

17. Holiday Shoppers Are Vulnerable To Parking Lot Theft -- Protect Yourself This Season

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2012 holiday shopping season in full swing, many shoppers will find themselves spending time alone in parking lots and garages. This is also the season when thieves tend to become more active, targeting shoppers who are carrying more cash and presents. With this in mind, The Hanover Insurance Group offers tips to help prevent holiday shoppers from becoming victims of theft.

18. iSend Makes Holiday Shopping Easy for People with Family and Friends Living Abroad

MIDDLEBURY, Conn., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iSend, a leading international electronic payment service provider, makes it especially easy this year to send holiday cheer to family and friends living outside the United States, with a variety of e-gift ideas that range from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items.

19. Celebrate The Season With Scent

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT THEY ARE: Gift sets filled with iconic fragrances for him and for her. This season, celebrate your loved ones with scents that capture their passions, their personalities, and their idols. His hero is Tim McGraw. The soundtrack to her life is Beyoncé. His passion is sailing. Her dream is to take center stage. What do they all have in common? There's a scent to inspire and energize every one of them, and the holidays are the perfect time to show your love and spread some cheer with the ideal fragrance for that special someone.

20. Planning a Memorable Ski Vacation Made Easy At Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

PARK CITY, Utah, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Planning a ski vacation can be daunting. Let the staff of Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Utah's only Forbes Five Star Hotel & Spa, take the work out of planning your next ski vacation. The hotel has a variety packages available for one-stop planning. From the minimal ski & stay – Bronze Package which includes room, breakfast buffet in the Forbes Four Star Glitretind Restaurant, and adult ski lift pass to Deer Valley Resort. To the all-inclusive Gold Package which combines room, breakfast buffet in the Forbes Four Star Glitretind Restaurant and adult ski lift pass to Deer Valley Resort, two adult ski rentals and a $200 spa credit.

21. Give The Gift Of Giving This Holiday Season With Given Goods Company

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Given Goods Company, (www.givengoods.co), a new marketplace that encourages social change and drives the buy-to-give movement, has opened its virtual doors just in time for the season of giving. Given Goods delivers fashion-forward apparel, accessories, footwear, home goods and more from ambitious, sought-after brands as well as up-and-coming designers that not only make you look and feel good, but also make a tangible impact on causes around the world. Given Goods is committed to inspiring a new kind of buying that gives modern shoppers a meaningful experience through the purchase of products that are all associated with a unique charitable contribution. The carefully curated marketplace currently features over 800 products from 80 brands.

22. Redfin Names the Best Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights

SEATTLE, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Technology-powered real estate broker Redfin (www.redfin.com) today announced the best neighborhoods to see holiday lights across the nation. The top five neighborhoods in the U.S. include Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, "Miracle on 34th Street" in Baltimore, Peacock Lane in Portland, Oregon, 37th Street in Austin, and South 13th Street in Philadelphia. Redfin also named the top five neighborhoods in 17 metropolitan areas across the nation. The homeowners in these neighborhoods go all-out with lights, decorations, statues, inflatable characters, and music. For those who want to join the festivities permanently, Redfin has also provided median home prices, a list of homes sold in the past year, and current homes for sale in each area.

23. Responsible Holiday Party Hosts Can Help Prevent Driving Accidents

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Each holiday season about 1,200 people across the United States will die as a result of car crashes that involve drunk drivers. And many thousands of others will be injured. Many of these accidents are caused by drunk drivers leaving holiday gatherings hosted by friends or family—turning holiday cheer into unimaginable tragedies, in an instant.

24. Oxfam Ambassador Aziz Ansari is the gift he gives at oxfamgifts.com -- a Goat!

BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International relief and development organization Oxfam America and celebrity ambassador Aziz Ansari are reminding holiday shoppers that gift giving is a thought process that can say a lot about you and the recipient. In a commercial airing on television, Hulu, and YouTube, Ansari stresses that, "you are what you give," by 'being' a goat himself for the holidays. The spot is also available on oxfamgifts.com.

25. Ice Skating and A Million Lagoon Lights Turn Fairmont Scottsdale into a Winter Wonderland At "Christmas at the Princess"

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the splendor of the season, it's the most wonderful time of the year at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess during the annual "Christmas at the Princess" festival now through January 6, 2013. Magical and enchanting, this AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert with the all-new Desert Ice Skating Rink, Lagoon Lights and Princess Express Train, carolers, visits from Santa and a four-story musical Christmas tree. Other holiday activities include carolers, marshmallow roasts, lighting of the menorah, special holiday menus, seasonal cocktails and crafts for the kids.

 

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