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HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - NOVEMBER 25, 1999 - PAGE 7 Shop Wi00h The Merchanfs A00ertising Here For Savings, Selection and Satisfaction Gifts $30 (NU)--No more ties, socks or goofy holiday season, why not give with lasting impact the gift health? The best gifts are the most practical, beauty and health products are keepers. Here are some estions--all of which come in nder $30 and can be found on the nternet--to make holiday shopping mental health: Spa Botanika Basket: Take three products from the Garden Botanika Spa Botanika line--Body Firming Moisturizer, Pumice Body Polisher and Revitalizing Body Wash--and wrap them up in an inexpensive basket with some cellophane and a bow (www.gardenbotanika.com). Aroma Diffuser Set: These oils--Meditation, Clear Mind and Celebration dropped into the clay diffuser will help encourage a new outlook on life (www.aromavera.com). Hot-R-Cold Cervical Pillow: The holidays can really be a pain in the neck. This soothing pillow comes with a pack that can be made hot or cold for specified relief (www.painreliever.com). Rembrandt Mini-Tote: Give the gift of a beautiful smile by putting low-abrasion Rembrandt Whitening Toothpaste, alcohol- free Rembrandt Dazzling Fresh Mouthrinse and Rembrandt Dazzling Breathdrops in a small, cool mesh bag that you can find at any beauty supply store. Add a colorful toothbrush for instant freshness any time of day (www.rembrandt.com). Yixing Yin Yah Teapot: Give someone a break with a beautiful Chinese teapot that can be filled with a vibrant black or calming herbal tea (www.w, ayoftea.com). Tuffbags Bottle Holder: Remind someone how important water is to with this superrtough that can be clipped onto.:,g,,ilt ol'qang over ;a shoulder, It includes an ice bag for chilly refreshment anytime (www.tuffbags,com). Gift. of ruction and (MS) -- h all started in Switzerland, than a century ago, with one of the most innovative objects: the Swiss Army Knife. has traveled to the North Pole, to the top of Mount Everest and officially has relied on it when the far ends of the universe. The trusted "cross and shield" that become an unquestioned symbol of now will extend to travel gear ccessofies. Delivering function and to active lifestyles the Swiss Brand travel-gear collection assorted luggage, totes, brief- and backpacks in red, gray and ballistic and nylon. Additionally, assortment of wallets, business briefcases in napa leather. Keeping with the Swiss tradition, all )rotected by a lifetime guarantee. in time for holiday traveling, get for life's adventures with by Victorinox , exclu- at Bentley's Luggage & Gifts. America's largest chain of luggage gift stores, Bentley's Luggage & specializes in luggage, business small leather goods and unique For the store nearest you, visit 's.com on the Internet or 1-800-780-0778. There are many ways to write a 'ou note, but what is the .'st way to truly express your The following tips are of Robyn Freedman )tztnan, author of "The Thank Book" (Longstreet Press). HOW TO EXPRESS THANKS FOR A GIFT Make the thank-you note spe- cific in its thanks, and describe the : of kindness. Express how you felt when you it. Let the person know that not nly is his or her gift appreciated, ut that he or she is, too. .... : .:: :" .:: @ CREATIVE, OPEN-ENDED PLAY with a simple toy, like BRIO  Wooden Railway, allows children to "learn by doing," which helps them feel more in control of their environment; it literally makes children feel good about themselves. Choose Simple Toys That Deliver Lasting Play Value (MS) -- Fourteen-month old Ariel sits in front of a plastic, white box with 10 flashing buttons of different shapes. colors and sizes. On the buttons are images of jungle animals. Ariel looks at the buttons, pushes a red one and hears the sound of a growling bear. Just then, a high-pitched, synthesized voice tells her, "One Bear. One. Bear." She watches for a few seconds, puts her mouth up to the plastic box and. satisfied that she has explored the to',,, goes back to her toy shelf in search of something new. Why the short attennon span with this seemingly stimulating toy'? BRIO Corp. -- a toy company recognized by early-childhood specialists for its commitment to play value, quality and fun --- asked CIVITAS Initialive, a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. |o comment on choosing toys. "The answer is simple," says Leslie Mitchel Bond, CIVITAS child-development specialist and graduate of the Erikson Institute. "With toys, a good rule of thumb is, the simpler, the better," she says. According to Bond, "It is the work of children to explore. They ae scien- tisls by nature, in constant pursuit of figuring out how things work. As with scientists, this discovery process is made more interesting to them when the toys are open-ended." Given our technologically advanced society, we are inclined to seek nut thigs that do more. However, when looking for toys, that is exactly the opposite of what children need. To put it simply, the more a toy does, the less children do, and therefore, the less they learn. The power of play should not be underestimated. Creative, open-ended play with simple toys sets the stage lot children to problem-solve, initiate cause and effect, and focus on a task. These are skills that will help them get their best start in the world, long belbre they even enter kindergarten. Think about play as a set of building blocks for your child's development. With each new experience with a toy, a child learns something about himself or herself, his ot her environment, and the relationship between the two. This i play at its best. It's as simple as that. Game Boy lover would appreciate sev- erai of the new game accessories that can be mixed and matched to color- coordinate with the hand-held unit. Available in the same rainbow colors as the Game Boy, the new Worm Light is the brightest star on the gaming scene For less than $10. this patented white light allows garners to view the action in any low-light situation, including travel. Swirling gracefully from the left side of the Game Boy Color, no batteries are required for this "The most important thing about play i allowing children to initiate their own aclivity," says Dr. Bruce Perry, a child psychiatri and develop- mental neurobiologist at Baylor College of Medicine. The more opportunities children have to build on their innate curiosity and desire to explore through play, the more they are encouraged to become active learners. A toy whose design allows children to "'learn by doing" helps them to feel more in control of their environmenl; it literally makes children feel good about themselves. And. when children feel happy and engaged, they will play with the same toy for longer periods of time. A w(den railway set from BRIO is one example of an open-ended, "learn by doing" toy. According to Peter Reynolds. president of BRIO Corp., "all of BRIO's toys are designed to grow with the child, offering simple pleasures when the child is the youngest, and more complex interactions as he or she matures." @ 118 South Church Street Thomaston 706-646-7958 H its fl I1 R'S fl FTEFI ]H FI I"1 K S I] I V I I"1 I] D O ORB US TER SPECIALS 6am to 8am selected red-lined merchandise throughout the store 6am to 11am all throughout the store NOTHING HELD BACK! red-lined merchandise Merry Christmas! Happy Shoppingl