54, homemaker, Kalamazoo, Mich. A gold medalist in the category of Plan Ahead Christmas Shopping, Nelson displays Crate & Barrel bird ornaments to adorn next year's Christmas packages. As for this year's shopping, major Christmas gifts for the kids — college student Ellen, 20, and grad student Jim, 22 — will be electronics. On her own wish list? Husband Don, below, is "a great jewelry buyer."
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