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Presents and correct for Christmas.

THERE may be nowhere on the internet to hang tinsel and holly, but Christmas has come to the web already.

If you hate the annual trek around the shops for presents, you can save yourself a lot of time by buying online. And, if you order now, there can be no excuse for your purchases not arriving in time.

There are far too many retail sites to keep track of out there who'd like you to do your gift shopping with them, so one of the best methods of finding your way around is to visit one of a growing number of Christmas shopping link sites.

One of the most useful sites you'll find is at www. xmas time. co. uk.

This is a comprehensive collection of links to other online retailers' Christmas shopping sections and an excellent jumping-off point for an online present-buying expedition.

Links are arranged in categories and, as you'd expect, they tend to reflect the most common products stocked by online stores - CDs and books, electrical goods, and so on.

One category had me puzzled, though - insurance. I've never thought of a third party fire and theft policy as being particularly festive, but it takes all kinds.

Elsewhere, www. christmasguide. com is an American site but offers loads of links to other seasonal resources. You can download Christmas-themed graphics for your PC or, more usefully, gift tags, advent calendars and cards to print out and use.

www. yuleloveit. com, which I mention only because of its awful name.

There are also links to sites carrying the words to Christmas carols, information about Christmas traditions around the world, and some poor quality Christmas jokes.

There's even a Santa info site for computer geeks - this tells us, for example, that to complete his round on December 24: Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound.

For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.

The net result, it turns out, is that the reindeers will burst into flame like a space capsule on reentry . . . ah, the magic of Christmas.

If you're looking for something different for male friends and family members, try www. boysstuff. co. - uk.This has the encouraging message on the home page that socks and aftershave are banned and features all the gadgets and goodies a man could want.

Top of my list would be the LaZ-Boy armchair with fitted fridge, phone and massager . . .

and only pounds 1,099.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2001
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