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Home Living : December 20th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3 GIFT IDEAS COLOURFUL CHOICES PLANTS MAKE PERFECT PRESENTS A pot plant is a colourful and lasting gift. Janita Singh PLANTS make great Christmas gifts, especially for those who like gardening. Tropical plants at this time of the year are a popular choice. But for Christmas, check out your local nursery for many varieties of miniature Christ- mas trees and flowers. A bright, colourful azalea, Christmas begonia, gardenia, chrysanthemum or a gaily dec- orated poinsettia, kalanchoe, or Christmas cactus are all favour- ites. Bonsais also make good gifts and, when properly looked af- ter, may well become family heirlooms. Different varieties of orchids are also much loved. Your choice of plant will also depend on who you are buying for and what they like. Do not stop at flowers. A pot of mixed herbs makes a welcome gift for keen cooks. Garden centres sell ready-planted ones, but it is easy to create your own. Fill a pot with good quality potting mix and plant a selec- tion of herbs. Herbs can also be planted in hanging baskets that are ideal for balconies and small gardens. PHONE APPS A STEP AHEAD OF SCAMMERS SHOPSMART ShopSmart allows you to: Answer common shopping questions store photos of receipts -- great for tax time; Set reminders for when your gift card and warranties runout, and lay-by payments are due. Offers ways to shop and save money. TO help consumers make in- formed choices, NSW Fair Trad- ing has launched several smart phone applications. All apps for iPhone and Android-based phones are de- signed to keep consumers up-to- date with information on scams, give shopping tips and provide access to infor- mation on re- fund, warranty and lay-by rights. Scam Buster is one such program. It updates con- sumers on all scams in Aust- ralia. This app is de- signed to help consumers stay one step ahead of scammers. ShopSmart provides handy access to information on refund, warranty and lay-by rights while you shop. 2030301 17/12 No Local Council or DA required Subject to property qualification Call today to arrange an appointment to view our Northern Beaches display granny flat Backyard Solutions ¶ For the family ¶ In-laws ¶ Downsizers ¶ Rental income Mark Hansen 0414 678 272 Paul Mathias 0425 249 250 1300 80 10 70 www.multidwell.com.au Free air conditioner during January Granny never looked so good! www.australianhotwater.com.au Visit the Australian Hot Water Web site or call our office for a free quote on 9979 6811 10 Harkeith Street, MONA VALE Ph: 9979 6811 AUSTRALIAN HOT WATER Your Local Hot Water Specialist CASHBACK $300 VISA CARD* For replacing existing electric hot water system to gas. Other rewards may be applicable call our office for further details. BREAKDOWN HOT WATER REPLACEMENTS FREE GAS CONNECTIONS Conditions apply. Offer ends 31st Dec 11. 2133512 25/10 *VISA GIFT CARD WE DO FREE QUOTES! SUPPLY, INSTALL AND SERVICE ALL MAKES AND TYPES OF HOT WATER SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN HOT WATER REPLACEMENTS 9938 4377 Showroom 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale email@example.com supershades.com.au Free All suburbs in home consultation Save on Summer Conditions apply. Not valid with any other offer. 10 %off Aluxor Awnings www.designarobe.com.au • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee CUSTOM MADE BUILT IN WARDROBES Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 Showroom Open 6 Days We await your visit to our showroom! 9748 0844 BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 2248520 29/11 Also New Showroom Open Shop 1 14 Cammeray Road Cammeray DEVINE LEATHERCARE p99050607m0410606040 w devineleathercare.com.au BEFORE AFTER 2120028 1/12 Renew, protect or recolour your leather furniture SMARTEN UP YOUR LOUNGE FOR CHRISTMAS Home - Office - Auto - Boat - Plane STUCK FOR IDEAS? WHAT ABOUT A VOUCHER TO HAVE YOUR CAR SEATS CLEANED?
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