holiday gifts

Souvenir Sunday: holiday gifts from airports

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Last minute shoppers rejoice: it’s now possible to do all your holiday shopping at the airport and find great – and often offbeat – gifts for everyone on your list.

Here’s a sampling of some of the items I found for a recent article on Mashable.

Those artisanal-painted chocolate caramels above are just a sample of the artist-made gifts that come out of the SouveNEAR vending machines at Kansas City International Airport.

At Portland International Airport, the old carpet is gone, but not forgotten. PDX carpet swag is for sale in the Made in Oregon stores. Courtesy Port of Portland

The recently replaced carpet at Portland International Airport became a social medial darling and oodles of PDX carpet-themed items are now for sale at the Made in Oregon shop at the airport. The neck pillow is good for travel, but there are also mugs, t-shirts, coasters, jam, beer and vodka to choose from.

And.. in the over-the-top category, consider this $1500 Iberico ham sold at Miami International Airport that comes with its own leather carrying case.

At Miami International Airport, this $1500 ham, comes with its own leather carrying case_Courtesy Newslink Group.

See the full story – with lots more ideas for last minute gifts to buy at the airport – in my story on Mashable.

Prize patrol: hotel points for presents

A scale. A bundle of cents-off coupons. A musical jewelry box/clock featuring a ballerina dancing on top of a liquor bar.

I don’t quite have the time – or the stomach – to scroll through all 31 (so far) pages of entries in the Wyndham Rewards My Horrible Holiday Gift Contest, but from the few pages I did view I can tell that a) there are a lot of clueless gift givers out there and b) the competition for winning the grand prize of two million Wyndham Rewards points is going to be tough.

The deadline for entering a bad gift – from this holiday season or one long gone – is January 10th. And voting for the most horrible gift kicks off on January 17th.

Four finalists will receive 25,000 Wyndham Rewards points (redeemable for a $100 retailer gift card) and everyone who enters has a chance to win weekly prizes of 12,500 Wyndham Rewards, redeemable for a $50 gift retail gift card. Which you might use to buy the horrible gift-giver a clue…