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It started with a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law (or “Auntie,” as she’s called) several years ago: In trying to choose gifts for all the members of our large family, I was running out of creative ideas. I asked my then four-year-old son what he wanted to give Auntie.

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When it comes to booking hotels there are a lot of theories out there on when the "best" time to book is. I know people who swear you should book as soon as you start planning a trip, and others who think a few days before your departure is the right time to get a deal. In truth, the answer is somewhere in-between.

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When you think of St Patrick's Day, you probably think of green beer, shot glass necklaces that say "Kiss Me I'm Irish", and everybody talking about how Irish they suddenly are. That's all well and good, but I bet you don't know much about the holiday's origins, or the saint it celebrates. Well, now that you've taken off that stupid hat and stopped talking like a leprechaun for a second, it's time to educate yourself a smidge.

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If you haven't watered your Christmas tree since you forgot about it on Boxing Day, now is the time to get it out of your house. Unwatered Christmas trees are a huge fire hazard, as this video from the US National Fire Protection Association clearly shows.

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The words "mulled wine" most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That's all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you'll need to enlist your microwave.

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A good food gift doesn't need to be an expensive gourmet gift basket, but it should be thoughtful, delicious, and a little unexpected. These edible and drinkable presents are thoughtful and customisable, and will make your gift stand out in a sea of boring fruitcakes.

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Small business owners are a hardworking bunch but it's important for them to schedule in downtime over the holiday season to avoiding burning out. It's wise for them to plan a break well in advance and by now small business owners should already have a good idea on when they'll take time off. They just need to make sure that they clearly communicate that information to their customers.