Kay Nelson

<i>54, homemaker, Kalamazoo, Mich.</i><br>
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A gold medalist in the category of Plan Ahead Christmas Shopping, Nelson displays Crate &amp; Barrel bird ornaments to adorn <i>next year's</i> Christmas packages. As for this year's shopping, major Christmas gifts for the kids &#8212; college student Ellen, 20, and grad student  Jim, 22 &#8212; will be electronics. On her own wish list? Husband Don, below, is "a great jewelry buyer."

( José M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune / November 29, 2010 )

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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