Holiday Feature Package

Dec 05, 2013, 05:05 ET from PR Newswire Association LLC

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The following feature package is a roundup of feature stories dealing with holiday news and is appropriate for special sections and for general use. 

For each story included in this package, you will find the first paragraph of the feature release below, as well as its headline linked to the full text.

This is the latest in a series of topical feature packages PRN will carry as part of its regular Feature News Service.  Coming up in 2013 are features on:

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Fitness, Diet and Nutrition


Dec. 9

Home & Garden


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Tech, Consumer Electronics


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Holiday Feature Package

1. Scholastic Parent & Child® Magazine Announces Winners of 2014 Gold Star Toy Awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic Parent & Child® magazine today announced the winners of the magazine's inaugural Gold Star Toy Awards. The 24 winning kids' products are featured in the December/January issue of the magazine and online at This year's holiday issue gives parents a whole new way to shop by allowing parents to buy any of the winning toys directly from the magazine pages using their tablet, smartphone, or mobile device.


2. TVs, Tablets and Smartphones Rule as Top 25 Black Friday Deals in 2013

BELOIT, Wis., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FatWallet, where savvy shoppers share coupons and earn cash back at over 1,600 stores, announced their annual Top 25 Black Friday Deals List. The deal experts and community at FatWallet have scoured through more than 24,000 advertised sales items from the 90 leaked Black Friday ads currently residing in the 2013 Black Friday Deal Finder. This year the top 25 list is heavy on tech items like smartphones, tablets and HDTVs, but also features deep savings of 50% or more on key products for the home and kitchen. With so many good deals this year, holiday shoppers can be assured they'll find deep discounts for the majority of items on their gift lists.


3. Many Americans Oblivious To What High-Risk Drinking Looks Like

WERNERSVILLE, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many Americans are clueless when it comes to what high-risk drinking looks like and may not even realize they're binge drinking, report the experts at Caron Treatment Centers. In fact, according to Caron's new holiday survey, many people accept higher-risk drinking at holiday parties despite observing significant consequences of alcohol consumption such as drunk driving, sexual harassment and violence.

4. Boneless Ham is the Go-To Choice for Holiday Entertaining

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A boneless ham offers a world of delicious choices for holiday entertaining, whether served as the centerpiece of a festive sit-down dinner or made into a variety of tasty, easy-to-prepare appetizers perfect for more casual gatherings.

5. Lands' End Unveils the Official Gift Collection of Christmas

DODGEVILLE, Wis., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Christmas countdown is on. With only a few weeks to get ready, time-crunched families will be extra busy celebrating the season, preparing their homes and finding the perfect gifts. To make it easier, Lands' End today announced it has unveiled the "Official Gift Collection of Christmas" via its catalogs, at and at Lands' End Shops at Sears®. Holiday shoppers can give with confidence — the collection features gifts carefully curated by price for her, him, boys, girls, baby, home and even the dog, making Lands' End a one-stop holiday shopping destination.

6. Turkey, Tinsel and Tinder: Erie Insurance offers tips for hazard-free holidays

ERIE, Pa., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The song says "It's the most wonderful time of the year," but it can also be the most dangerous. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is fraught with hazards from car crashes to house fires to holiday-related injuries. To help ensure revelers have a safe holiday season, Erie Insurance is raising awareness of some of the most dangerous holiday hazards and how to avoid them with this infographic.

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7. Launches Mobile-Compatible Line of eCards

WEST DUNDEE, Ill., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --, a service of Logica3 Ltd., has unveiled its 2013–2014 lineup of holiday digital greetings. A premier corporate resource, the site offers more than 100 exclusive, professionally designed ecards that companies can use to build business relationships, while reinforcing their commitment to sustainability.

8. Shopping Study Shows eRetailers as Number One Shopping Destination for Holiday Shopping

DENVER, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research shows that 30 percent of shoppers say the ease, speed, and low prices offered online make it a clear solution for the value and time-saving shopping experience they seek. More shoppers will engage in couch commerce since they know that they can find the widest selection at the best price without leaving their couch or dealing with the masses.


9. Hosting Holiday Guests With Celiac Disease, Food Allergies Or Sensitivities?

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Food allergies are on the rise, and so is the likelihood that one or more of your holiday guests may have a food allergy, food intolerance or celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder that reacts to gluten. Keep guests safe this holiday season with tips from the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods.

10. Madecasse Chocolate and Whole Foods Market® announce limited edition chocolates from Africa

NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Madécasse Chocolate and Whole Foods Market (WFM) are releasing two limited-edition specialty chocolate bars for the 2013 Holiday Season -- Winter Spice and Peppermint. The two seasonal bars, a part of an ongoing partnership, are available exclusively at Whole Foods Markets nationwide starting this month.

11. Las Vegas Transforms Into A Winter Wonderland To Bedazzle Visitors This Holiday Season

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The lights of Las Vegas come to life as the destination prepares to celebrate the holiday season with yuletide flare. This winter season, holiday decor and displays will capture the imagination of every visitor.

12. Celebrate the Holidays at Horseshoe Bay Resort with fun seasonal events for the whole family 

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrate the Holidays at Horseshoe Bay Resort by attending its heralded annual Holiday Dinner Concert Series. The resort welcomes The Rat Pack Now Tribute show on December 7th and a special holiday performance by Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland on December 14th.


13. Allstate Data Shows Hazards Hit Close to Home During Holiday Season

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New insurance claims datai from the Allstate Insurance Company shows an average of 67,500 homeowners insurance claims occur during the holidays, and some threats to home security and safety rise significantly during the holiday season. A new survey also highlights how holiday pressures and changes in activities, behaviors and routines can leave homeowners vulnerable to home perils.

14. Purchase Holiday Cards Designed by Pediatric Patients and Support St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Throughout the Year

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrate the season - and help St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients and families - by sending holiday greeting cards designed by the hospital's pediatric patients and youth volunteers. These colorful holiday cards are the perfect choice to send greetings to friends, family members and business associates.


15. As Holiday Shopping Rises, So Does Threat Of Identity Theft

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday shopping season brings more shopping activities and, unfortunately, also the increased risk of identity theft. In 2012 alone, $21 billion was stolen through identity theft. With this in mind, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) offers tips to help shoppers keep their identities and wallets safe this holiday shopping season, both at the mall and online.

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16. Petco™ Helps Pet Parents Unwrap Their T.V. Family Personality

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cosbys, the Bradys, the Simpsons or more recently, the Dunphys… every family is different. Pet parents know that each household has its own unique characteristics, enjoys different activities and has their own holiday traditions. Since 80 percent of pet parents consider their fur-child a part of the family, family pets often reflect the family's personality. So whether you are travelers like the Partridge family or more traditional like the Cleavers, Petco™ has the perfect pet gift to care for your four-legged bundle of joy's physical, mental, social and emotional health this holiday.


17. MRM Digest-All® and Relax-All™: Holidays' "Little Helpers" in the Year's Most Hectic Season

OCEANSIDE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Metabolic Response Modifiers, makers of superior quality health and wellness products, created Digest-All® and Relax-All™ for ongoing relief throughout the calendar year, and says there is no better time for each than during the hectic holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.


18.Motorola Solutions TALKABOUT® MG160 Consumer Radios – Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Kids

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) offers an affordable gift for adventurous kids that combines fun with functionality. The Motorola Talkabout® MG160 series two-way radios are ideal for elementary age kids that love to play outside and explore, but still need to check in with mom and dad back home.

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19. No Mall or Generic Gift Card Required

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Subscriptions to At Bat, the 10th highest grossing mobile app in App Store history, are now available as holiday gifts for the first time. Instead of waiting in bricks-and-mortar store lines or giving a generic gift card, anyone can gift At Bat for the 2014 MLB season, through a direct purchase of the $19.99 full-season subscription from

20. The Top 10 Stupid Gifts of 2013 Released By

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bacon scarves, butt towels, and a Santa-kini? They're just a few of the outrageous gifts that made this year's 7th annual list of the Top 10 Most Stupid Gifts of year, compiled by online retailer


21. Greeting Cards Make a Lasting Impression at Christmas

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From "thinking of you" to "love you," "wish you were here" or "let's reconnect"… no matter what it is you're trying to say this Christmas season, a greeting card can help you say it best.


22. Trend Alert: Scooters Not Skate Boards On Every Holiday Wish List

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Skate parks everywhere are filled with kids on scooters where once there were skateboards. Launched over a decade ago with the Razor Scooter, scooter riding is now a global action sport, hugely popular more recently in the US and Canada, as kids aged 5 to 25 grind on rails or leap into BMX-style aerials.

23. Hallmark offers magical ways to count down the days to Christmas

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Some families tear a ring off a paper chain every day. Others open the "windows" on an Advent calendar. But now there are more ways than ever to count down the days until Christmas.

24. Kuyam Online Scheduling Platform Now Offering Gift Cards, Perfect for Last Minute Stocking Stuffers 

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kuyam, the newest online scheduling platform designed for busy women, now offers gift cards to use at any company on their site. Perfect for the woman who has everything, gift cards are available on and the mobile app, available for iPhones and Androids, from $25 through $150.


25. GIANTmicrobes®: Epidemic Fun Times a Million this Holiday Season! 

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Giantmicrobes, Inc. (, the innovative designers of collectible toys inspired by the microscopic world, is highlighting new infectiously cute creatures this holiday season.

26. Ugly Holiday Sweaters Collection Launched By

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With 5 new styles of Ugly Holiday Sweaters, online retailer created a line of tacky, tasteless, but above all, hilarious sweaters to wear to any Christmas party or festive event this Holiday season.

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27. Give Love. Warm Their Hearts With Fragrance

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- THINK: The perfect present for everyone on your list.

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28. Sartori Cheese Announces December '12 Days of Christmas' Facebook Promotion

PLYMOUTH, Wis., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sartori Cheese announced today the details of its Twelve Days of Christmas Facebook promotion. Each day, from Wednesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 15th, the company will host a new contest over its Facebook page at


29. Capturing the Magic of the Holidays in a Hotel

PENNINGTON, N.J., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Though the stockings may not be hung by the chimney with care, families that are traveling over the holidays still have plenty of festive options available to make this the most memorable holiday yet.

30. Holiday Gifts From Deliver Real Rewards

BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global relief and development organization Oxfam America is telling shoppers to avoid the usual suspects of last minute gift buying this season. Shoppers can put down the sweater, put down the tie, and give a more meaningful gift that deliver real reward.

31. Cyber Monday Education Technology Sale Extended for Testing Timers Watch for College-Bound Students

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Testing Timers is extending its offering of a game changing holiday gift for high school juniors and seniors headed to college with 20 percent off our entire website of digital watches at now through Friday, December 6.


32. Family Dining At Ruth's Chris Steak House Is A Holiday Tradition

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Treat loved ones and yourself to Ruth's Chris Steak House this holiday season. Open Christmas Day and featuring extended holiday lunch hours at select locations, guests may enjoy Ruth's Chris signature sizzling steaks or bask in the best of both worlds with Ruth's Chris' Surf & Turf. Feast on Twin Cold Water North American Lobster Tails with your choice of a Filet or Ribeye, starting at $46.95.

33. Sports-Loving Success Seekers Get Their Wish This Holiday

CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gift givers looking to make an impact this year will find new inspiration and proven methods for self-improvement in The Wisdom of Walk-Ons: 7 Winning Strategies for College, Business and Life (



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