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Bear Up! This dandy is sporting recycled ties, but any fabric will do. (ReMinkie Memory Bears; $125+) Off the Wall Turn favorite T-shirts into wall art or quilts. (Keepsake Quilts; $225+)

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Customize your stamps. (zazzle.com; $14.95 for 20 stamps) Make your mark with a self-inking monogram stamp. (PSA Essentials; $40) Have your say, on Post-its. (iprint.com; $19.54 for 10 pads) Select the color and message for customprinted M&M’s. (M&M; $47.96 for four 7-oz. bags) Design a label for a 12-pack of sugarcane soda. (Jones Soda Co.; $29.99)
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Beauties Jewelry, made from real orchids, so no two are alike. (Hanami; $35+)

Catchall Colorful bins and mats made from recycled flip-flops. (VivaTerra; $29+) To Do Volunteer to haul out your mom’s recycling for six months.

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I Promise … to give up control of the remote. … to walk the dog before it’s too late. … not to torture my sister. Make your own personal vouchers for friends and family. And don’t forget to keep your word! Gone Fishin’ A tabletop aquarium, low maintenance, with filter and light fixture. (AquaVista; $150)

To Do Check out kidsoffthecouch.com for family-time ideas. You might watch E.T., then select a related activity, like visiting a planetarium.

Spin Art Attach individual “blades” to a mountain or road bike for a spectacular light show and high visibility. (Hokey Spokes; $29.95+)

Lessons
Great Shots Give a subscription to webphotoschool.com’s library of step-by-step digital photography tutorials ($9.99+ per month; up to three free lessons for starters) Fore-titude Golfers like to work on their swing. Find an instructor at pga.com. Lessons start at $35 an hour. Breathe Consider yoga classes for anyone who could use a good stretch and a Zen-like environment. ($12+ per session at a yoga studio) On the Record Take DJ lessons from the pros and spin the night away. (Scratch DJ Academy; $80+ per hour)

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Strummin’ A guitar tops the wish list of someone in your family? Save $$$ by buying a gently used one on eBay.

Fantasy Land
Jam the week away with living legends at Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. (rockandroll fantasycamp.com; $8,999+) Create Your Very Own Song. How cool is that? (Xperience Days; $1,500) Take a group on an Urban Scavenger Hunt. A great way to explore your city. (Cloud9Living; $1,000)

Sing-Alongs Give an iPod Shuffle with downloads of your friend’s favorite tunes. (Apple; $79; iTunes, 99 cents per song or $9.99 per album)

Kickoff Tailgate in style with NFL bottle-cap belts. The seat-belt buckle is a bottle opener! (LittleEarth; $39) To Do Enroll your guy in a fantasy sports league. (ESPN.com)

Lots of ’Bots First there was Build-A-Bear. Now kids can custom-build their own robot! (Robot Galaxy; $27+)

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Hostess Gift Solve the puzzle, or no one drinks the wine! (Family Games; $24.99) Make It Yours Labels for everything: wine, beer or Aunt Nell’s preserved peaches. (My Own Labels; $9 for up to 45)

To Do For anyone with a sweet tooth, create your own Cookie of the Month “club” and send treats regularly. No time to bake? Try Damn Good Cookies and Ugly Truffles. ($16+) Collect family recipes for the whole gang and showcase them in individual cookbooks. (allrecipes.com; $25+)

Dirt, Begone Combine simple home ingredients with these ecofriendly cleaning kits for the home, body, baby and pets. (Eco-Me; $26+)

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A Cook’s Delight Comfortable, colorful ergonomic kitchen tools, inspired by sneaker sole technology. (Ar + Cooking; $10+)

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Parties!

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Host your own who-done-it murder mystery party. Who knew detective work could be so much fun? (Murder Mystery Maniacs; $8 per person) Throw a block party and meet the neighbors! For step-by-step instructions, go to ehow.com. Gather friends and set off on a “mobile” meal. Dine at a different restaurant for each course. Timing’s the thing, so make reservations! Host a beer party and sample the best in craft beers. The Top Ten Don’t Miss ’Em Beers, from the Brewers Association, are at rd.com/shop. Or try local breweries. If you celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, go to officialkwanzaawebsite.org or hanukkah.org for how-to guides on celebrations and customs. Get your girlfriends over for a salsa or belly dancing party. Hire an instructor (or try a new DVD), whip up some appetizers and drinks, then shake it up!

Drop a Line Unique graphite writing instruments. (ASB Workshop; $36+)

Relax! Hire a maid service to do the cleanups. (mollymaid .com or merrymaids.com; gift cards start at $100) Clean Sweep No bags, HEPA filter, lots of suction. (Dyson DC07, $399)

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It’s About Time Stainless steel watch with barometer, altimeter and digital compass, for the man on the go. (Origo; $200)

Are You Game? Weighty chess pieces wobble (but they don’t fall down!) on a concave board. Maple and walnut. (Umbra; $250).

Getaways
Room Service Give a gift certificate to bnbfinder.com. Your recipient can use it toward the perfect bedand-breakfast, inn or small hotel from Alaska to Maine. ($20+) Ahhh ... Pamper a friend with a gift certificate to spa-addicts.com, redeemable at participating salons. ($50+) Dollar-Wise The world’s safest wallets shield your data against wireless identity theft. (Kena Kai; $49.99+) To Do Organize pictures in a beautiful photo album. Or transfer digital pics and home videos to DVDs with Sony’s DVDirect Recorder. ($230)

Deal on Wheels Who doesn’t love a looks-like-new car? Pop a gift certificate for car detailing in that stocking! Check local listings. ($90+)

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Adventures
Up, up and away! Hot-air ballooning. (Soaring Adventures of America; $199) Explore the depths of the ocean while scuba diving. (Gifty Box; $89+) What floats your boat? White-water rafting (Excitations; $75+) or flat-water kayaking (Excitations; $120+). And if you can’t snag a seat on the space shuttle, try an awesome zero gravity experience. (Cloud9Living; $3,750)

That Tops All! Classic wool felt fedora from the Indiana Jones collection. (Hartford York; $65)

Race to the finish line in an official NASCAR stock race car. (Xperience Days; $129+)
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For the ultimate thrill seeker, there’s skydiving (skydiving.com; $180+). And if jumping out of airplanes is too scary, there’s indoor skydiving (Signature Days; $45).
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