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Home Living : December 20th 2011
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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 Christmas trees and flowers. A bright, colourful azalea, Christmas begonia, gardenia, chrysanthemum or a gaily decor- ated poinsettia, kalanchoe, or Chri- stmas cactus are all favourites. Bonsais also make good gifts and, when properly looked after, 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 pott- ing mix and plant a selection 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. ON SALE NOW Call Judy 24/7: 0412 224 698 • 25 years experience • Call for your free consultation WEEDOO BLINDS & SHUTTERS Chairs & Lounges Permanent Exhibition Showroom & Warehouse 10/1 Vuko Place Warriewood NSW 2102 Phone: 02 9913 1133 Castle Hill Home Hub Centre Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Castle Hill NSW 2154 Phone: 02 9634 8855 www.niceinteriors.com.au Home Cinema Modular Seating available in different combinations 2153177 16/8 )-' #/-&/24 f ./27!9 Discover Local. For shopping specials and bargains in your local area, grab your NewsLocal newspaper. newslocal.com.au 4577 7474 www.arcticair.com.au TRADE IN your old air conditioner! $200 cash back for split systems & $400 cash back for ducted systems Upon purchase of a new air conditioning system! 2250432 8/11 SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2042424 2/8 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD
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