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A Dram a Day; Lakes Region Home Christmas Gifts for Hubby

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Posted 11-30-2012 at 02:05 PM by Roy Sanborn

October was a great month for residential home sales in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered in this report. There were 97 transactions at an average sales price of $287,919 with a median price point of $188,000. That brings our year to date total to 772 sales at an average of $297,874 with a median price point of $180,000. That compares to 624 sales at a average price of $310,684 posted for the first 10 months of 2011. Thatís a 24 % increase in the total number of sales for that period. For some further perspective, back in 2006 there were 827 sales at an average of $375,646 for the same period. So while our total sales numbers are moving in the right direction, we have a long way to go to get the average sales prices back up where they were...

Itís that time of year again when normally sane and clear headed individuals go off the deep end in a frenzy of erratic and irrational behavior that concludes for many only when Christmas Eve arrives and the mall closes. Christmas shoppers set spending records on Black Friday. I read that a record $59 billion was spent over the past four day weekend. Some said that this is a sign that the recession is over? It got me wondering how home sales did on Black Friday. A quick check of the MLS system revealed that no homes went pending on Black Friday in Belknap County. Thatís what I call lights out. But there were 10 homes that went pending elsewhere in the state. Maybe the consumers in Belknap County focus more on gift buying than home purchasing? Last year there was only one home that went pending on Black Friday in Belknap County with the statewide total coming in at ten again. Yes, Christmas gift shopping is a priority in Belknap County and so Iíd like to offer some suggestions for those looking for gifts for the man of the house. Who knows, the gift giver here may receive the ultimate benefit of the repairs performed using these gifts.

Starting with stocking stuffers, it is real easy to please dear old hubby with assorted trinkets like screwdrivers, small adjustable wrenches, a tape measure, or a small LED flashlight. Check out Lowes or Home Depot or better yet local hardware stores like Trustworthy, Boulia-Gorrell, and Aubuchon and youíll find plenty of things to help the old man fix things around the house that you've been trying to get him to do all year.

On-line at Amazon I found some unusual but practical gifts such as the F-221 Truckerís Friend All-Purpose and Rescue Tool. This thing looks like some mid-evil axe but can be used as a hammer, to cut branches, remove nails, as a spanner, or as a pry bar. It is extremely well made and has a strong fiberglass handle and would work equally well as a home defense weapon! For only $49.95 this would make a great addition to his tool box or displayed on the wall down in the Man Cave.

If you are on Amazon, also check out the Bucket Boss Brand 06004 GateMouth Tool Bag for only $26.98. It is made out of a durable denier nylon fabric. It has padded sides and bottom, 11 outer pockets, and 12 inside pockets. It will hold a bunch of his tools and keep him organized. Bucket Boss makes a variety of tool bags and aprons so check them all out.

Over at Sears you have a world of gifts to choose from for him. Check out the Hammerhead 11818 Nextec auto hammer which is perfect for little jobs in tight places. He can hit the nail on the head every time instead of his thumb for only $49.98. It is on sale now for hammerheads everywhere.

Cordless drills are always a big hit and there are a variety of them to choose from at the big box or local hardware stores. They start well below $100.00, but I'd go for something like a Mikita Lithium-ion Compact 1/2" 18 Volt drill. The battery holds charges longer and charges quicker than Ni-cad batteries. They run a little over $150.00. Think of all the drilling he can do with it. Maybe you'll even get your curtain rods put up this year.

Now in the true spirit of Christmas, consider purchasing these next two gifts at the same time. Advent Calendars are a tradition in many households and the Advent Whiskey Calendar from Master of Malt at www.masterofmalt.com is a certainly gift he will appreciate. Behind each of the 24 little doors is a sample dram of whiskey with the final door revealing a 50 year old Scotch. This is way better than chocolate. You obviously need to get this ordered direct from Ireland soon so it can be enjoyed as the holiday approaches. The price is a little stiff (pun intended) at $240.00, but heís worth it, isnít he? You may wonder what this has to do with getting things done around the house? See if you follow this:

Go out and purchase a Dyson Bagless Upright Vacuum. They start just under $400 or so and do the best job ever of keeping your floors clean (just in case you are thinking of selling!) Plan on giving this to yourself as a pre-Christmas gift at the same time you give the Advent Whiskey Calendar to hubby. Tell him he needs to vacuum a room every time he opens a door on the calendar. That way your home will be sparking clean on Christmas morn. See, wasnít this easy?

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