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A Procrastinator’s guide to gift giving

[ pro . cras . ti . nate ] – to put off until another day or time; to postpone; delay action

When it comes to Christmas shopping, you’re either a prepper or a delayer.

You’re either one of those people who stand in long lines on Thanksgiving to be first to score that perfect gift at a huge discount, or you’re that guy at the mall on Christmas Eve trying to find anything (and I mean ANYTHING) that they won’t hate when they unwrap your obviously rushed and unskilled wrapping effort.

Well, no worries, my friend. From one procrastinator to another – Alabama Living has you covered. We’ve been standing in line since last Christmas to be able to bring you a holiday gift guide that even the most experienced last-minute shoppers can appreciate. Even better, most of them are Alabama-based businesses, so you can be sure to let everyone know you support our state’s economy. So let’s go shopping!


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(Dothan) As featured on the hit ABC show, “Shark Tank,” ChordBuddy’s patented learning system attaches to the neck of any guitar and allows potential musicians to play their favorite songs instantly by pushing a button. As they progress, the plastic tabs can be removed like training wheels on a bike, and the students are able to play real guitar chords.

ChordBuddy comes with a lesson guide, DVD and book with more than 100 songs for less than $50 (49.95) making it a must-have this Christmas. Guitar combo-packs are available for adults and children. The new ChordBuddy Jr. “Duck Comander” edition is a half-sized guitar for the 4-8 age group printed with a cartoon graphic featuring the Robertson family from A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty.”

ChordBuddy’s entire line of music learning products are available online at or in retail locations across the country.



(Birmingham) Made of surgical grade steel cable, industrial strength rubber and other quality components, Cablz are designed to handle hard work and active lifestyles. Whether you are fishing, biking, hiking, kayaking, hunting or just enjoyng the great outdoors, Cablz are the ideal eyewear rentention system that will keep your eyewear secure and stylish. Available in various styles, colors and materials including paracord and non-conductive monofilament for the utility and fishing industries. The new adjustable Cablz Zips are snag proof when zipped. Perfect under helmets and great for running and other active sports. You can see all of the many styles of Cablz at and in retail locations across the country. Cablz are less than $20 (11.99 – 15.99) and make great stocking stuffers.


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Tickets to the inaugural Camellia Bowl, set for Dec. 20 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, are a perfect gift for the college football fan. The Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference matchup will be televised live on ESPN, with kickoff at 8:15 p.m. Historic Cramton Bowl, formerly the home to the Blue-Gray Football Classic, has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation and boasts a capacity of 25,000. Ticket prices start at $20 for general admission, but group rates and tailgate packages, which feature tent, tables, chairs, tickets and more, are available. Log on to or send an email to