Family & Living

November, 29, 2006 - 07:21 PM / ET

Gift of Helping Makes for a Happy Holiday

Diego and Celeste help dad Sergio wash and dry the car using inexpensive products that also make great holiday stocking stuffers.

--(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)--With every holiday season comes the challenge of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Finding a gift for dad can be difficult, and for mom, it can be a challenge to help the kids find an inexpensive gift that they can give to dad. It's got to be practical and something he doesn't already have - let's face it, he really doesn't need any more neckties he won't wear or another sweater that goes into the closet until the next holiday season.

I don't know if you heard this from your parents, but mine always told me that the best gifts are gifts that are really personal: When I was younger, they loved the cards I made them; as I got older, they really valued gifts that took some effort and thought on my part. It took me a long time to figure out that the best gifts come from the heart and exhibit kindness in action, like the gift of helping.

This year, families will no doubt be looking for gift ideas that combine the best of all options: inexpensive gifts that the kids can afford (and won't break the bank for mom, either), that are useful, the family can enjoy together, and get the kids involved helping dad.

Diego and Celeste would like to do something nice for their dad, Sergio, as well as spend time with him. So they've decided to give him The Absorber, along with handmade, personalized "car wash gift certificates" - they'll all wash dad's car together and then use The Absorber to dry it.

Getting everyone involved and working together helps turn the chore of washing a car into something fun. Sergio and Diego take on wash and rinse duties, then quickly dry the car like pros.

With its unique pore structure that acts like a moisture magnet, The Absorber picks up more water than any other drying cloth, without leaving any lint behind. It's also softer on paint surfaces than a towel or chamois, so dad won't worry about scratches or stripping off the wax.

Diego and Celeste think that their dad will also like all the different ways he can use The Absorber, too: It's great for sopping up those inevitable holiday spills in the kitchen and for drying off their dog after a bath. Sergio, who lives in southern California, can also use it as a towel after early morning surfing. Knowing most dads, they'll find a few more clever uses of their own.

The product is easy to wring out, just a light twist and it goes back to 100 percent drying capability, so you don't have loads of wet towels to wash. It's also reusable, long-lasting and easy to store in a convenient plastic storage tube.

Mom helped the kids understand that cars require frequent cleanings to protect the paint finish from oxidation, acid rain, bugs and other debris, so they plan on having "family fun washes" throughout the year.

For touching up in between washes, though, there's a handy little stocking stuffer called The Glosser - a disposable, wax-filled microfiber wipe that removes surface dirt, applies wax, and enhances shine without scratching the vehicle's finish. It's so easy to use, you don't even have to uncoil the garden hose, so kids of almost any age, like four-year-old Celeste, can help dad keep his car looking great all year long.

The Glosser comes in a resealable package that fits nicely in the glove box or under the car seat so mom and dad can use it, too, when they're on the road or picking up someone special.

To be sure that the interior of the car doesn't suffer from neglect, throw in The Dash Gear cleaning towel. Designed specifically for instrument panels and electronics, it is constructed of an ultra-fine microfiber that lifts dust, dirt, and grime without scratching surfaces or requiring liquid cleaners.

These items make excellent stocking stuffers - all are inexpensive and easy to find at Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Pep Boys, and other stores. For more information, call CleanTools at (800) 654-3933.

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