Walked into a big box retailer last week only to be greeted by an 8-foot-tall Christmas tree with a placard hanging on it reminding shoppers that it was only "50 days until Christmas."

That was a week ago and the number of shopping days until Christmas are melting rapidly.

To help you get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, we are giving away a $100 Target Gift Card. This giveaway is only available to our VIP Club members. There are a multitude of ways to enter, but hurry because this offer ends on Wednesday, November 25 at 9:59 p.m. MST.

How would you spend $100?

Here's a peek at what I would do. Now, tell us what you would buy with your $100 gift card.


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    Christmas Tree Lights

    These would replace the ones I never could get untangled the last time I decorated my Christmas tree. It was an exercise in frustration and in the garbage they went.

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    Gingerbread Cookies

    Wish I could say I baked my own, but too many people know I'm not a baker and would call me out. So, I'd pick up some in the grocery aisle. Love the smell and taste of gingerbread at Christmas. Helps offset the onslaught of chocolate.

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    Candy Canes

    Lots and lots of candy canes, only the little ones. One year I decorated the Christmas tree with lights, ribbon and hung candy canes on the branches. Also love to stir a cup of hot chocolate with a miniature candy cane. They also add a nice touch to a package, intertwined with the ribbon.

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    Holiday Greeting Cards

    I love sending Christmas cards. It's a tradition my mother has kept alive over the years and I have followed in her footsteps though our address lists get a bit shorter each year with the advent of the social media, texting and email. But I still love addressing an envelope to those I care about. I love getting hand-addressed greeting cards, too.

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    Christmas Stockings

    I have always loved the look of a row of stockings hanging near the fireplace on Christmas.It represents a feeling of safety, security and family. I still love tucking gifts inside stockings -- even if I have to mail them cross country. .

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    Snacks and lots of 'em. Everything from pretzels and peanuts to chips and salsa. You can never have too many snacks at the holidays. A nibble here or there can help stave off hunger until the big holiday dinner. They're also good to have around when unexpected company drops in.


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    Chocolate Covered Cherries

    So, this is a throwback to my childhood. I have three brothers; each was a newspaper carrier. Each of them would undoubtedly get a box of chocolate-covered cherries as a Christmas gift. I think one year we had about 60 boxes. They represent fond memories. One book, however, would be plenty.

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    My drink of choice: Diet Coke. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can't start the day without it.

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    Gift Wrap

    Didn't hit the after-Christmas sales last year and I usually don't. I like to buy it new each year.

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    A Gift for Me

    I have a Christmas Wish List, don't let me kid you. So, to make sure I get what I want, I'd buy it myself, wrap it and put it under the tree until Christmas morning.