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December 18, 2011

Sometimes paper can make the best gifts

Outdoors books, magazines or a license are some ideas

— Unfortunately, for most of the men out there, Christmas is nearly upon us. I’m sure there are a few who haven’t even thought about shopping yet — after all, we still have one week, right? For the ladies who read this column, there is no doubt you are already done.

Just in case you are having problems finding the right gift for that special outdoor-oriented friend or family member, here are a few suggestions for those last-minute shopping woes that won’t break your billfold or purse, whatever the case may be.

I have a close relative (my brother Jim) who I promised not to mention. Every Christmas his gifts include passing out cards. Neatly tucked inside are pieces of green paper with pictures of past presidents.

“Isn’t that kind of cheap?” I asked several years back when he began his annual tradition.

“Not at all,” he said flatly. “I don’t have to fight the crowds and it’s a gift that fits everyone and never needs returned. Tell me one person who won’t use it?”

Although I certainly have nothing against greenbacks, my inner child in me still gets a kick out of opening presents.

However, when it comes to giving paper, consider the kind with words and pictures. Books and subscriptions to magazines of interest make great gift items and continue to give throughout the year. They help us enjoy the outdoor spirit even when winter weather may confine us indoors.

Monthly magazines delivered right to your mailbox every month provide us with cast and blast stories for everyone, making Christmas last year round. For a duel gift, throw in a good book. There are literally hundreds to choose from and if we can’t be in the woods or on the water, the next best thing is reading about it.

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