Michaels® Helps Wrap Up the Holidays

    Arts & crafts retailer offers easy gift wrap tips and $1 stocking stuffers

<p>IRVING, Texas, <span class="xn-chron">Dec. 16, 2010</span> /CNW/ -- Holiday stress is at its peak the week before the holidays.  For time starved consumers, Michaels, North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, helps customers wrap up the holidays with gift packaging tips, last minute gifts and affordable stocking stuffers.</p>
<p>Michaels provides the top four easy gift packaging tips to give a professional-looking and thoughtful touch to last minute gifts that make any gift recipient feel valued:</p>

    --  For a classic holiday package, use any color or pattern of paper then
        simply add a holiday floral pick for a splash of seasonal color.
    --  Holiday candies, cookies and other treats make delightful gifts in
        solid colored, holiday patterned or glittered Chinese delivery-style
        boxes or tins in green, gold, red, silver or blue.
    --  Personalize a gift bag with metallic paint pens, stickers, floral
        picks, glitter and stamps.  Add a picture frame ornament instead of a
        gift tag.
    --  Gift cards, one of the season's most popular gifts, are more personal
        when packaged in a personalized, handmade gift card holder. Projects
        are online at <a href="http://www.michaels.com">www.michaels.com</a>.

<p>"Personalized, special touches are what make the holiday season magical, and they are easy to do without taking a lot of valuable time," said Michaels Chief Marketing Officer <span class="xn-person">Paula Puleo</span>. "Michaels.com has easy tips and techniques for wrapping gifts and affordable stocking stuffers that will delight family and friends."</p>
<p>Michaels features a large selection of affordable stocking stuffers that start at <span class="xn-money">$1</span> for kids and adults, including holiday-themed soaps, playing cards, puzzles, games, scented candles, novelty socks, note cards, toys, pens, stamps, stickers, crayons, and much more.  Michaels gift cards, as well as branded gift cards from Gift Card Mall, can be tucked into a stocking or mailed in a holiday greeting card to loved ones far away.</p>
<p>Last minute kids' gifts under <span class="xn-money">$10</span> include the Creatology(TM) 80-Piece OR 100-Piece Art Set, 3-IN-1 Jewelry Designer Activity Kit, Knifty Knitter and Knit Quick or Creatology(TM) Rock Tumbler to help keep kids busy through the long winter break.</p>

    About Michaels
<p>Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America's largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall decor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,030 Michaels stores in 49 states and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, and over 140 <span class="xn-person">Aaron Brothers</span> stores, and produces ten exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor(TM), Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland(TM), Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist's Loft®, Craft Smart® and Loops & Threads(TM). For more information visit <a href="http://www.Michaels.com">www.Michaels.com</a>.</p>
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    Media          Kristen Kauffman or Holly
     Contact:      Scimeca
                  (817) 329-3257


For further information: For further information: Kristen Kauffman, kristen@spmcommunications.com, or Holly Scimeca, holly@spmcommunications.com, both of SPM Communications, +1-817-329-3257, for Michaels Stores, Inc. Web Site: http://www.michaels.com

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