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Right ideas for finding the right gifts

Ideas are the key to a successful shopping expedition, and here are more than 35 of them to help you finish off your list.

When a disappointing gift shows up under the tree, the result is generally a forced smile and a tepid “Well, it’s the thought that counts.” But, as we all know, thought gets tossed out the window after hours of shuffling through stores while wearing an expression not so different from those seen on “The Walking Dead.” Ideas are the key to a successful shopping expedition, and here are more than a dozen of them to help you finish off your list. From elegant splurges to basic necessities to whimsical offerings, these are the gifts that will prompt real smiles.

See the full gallery for ideas.

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