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Staples Offers Last-Minute, One-Stop Holiday Shopping

From Tech Gifts to Stocking Stuffers, Staples Has Everything on Shopping Lists

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 8:00 am EST

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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NASDAQ:
SPLS
"widescreen display plus 120 GB of storage. Purchase includes one year in-home XPS service experience ($1,249.99). Pandigital® 7"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunting for those last few gifts? According to the Staples Holiday Hang Ups Survey, 54 percent of Americans plan on warming loved ones holiday season with at least one technology gadget.(a) To help with the last-minute rush, Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is offering its widest selection ever of the seasons most popular technology items, including more than 20 digital cameras and a variety of digital photo frames. Staples also has many last-minute gifts options for family members, friends and co-workers to fit any budget.

Gifts for the Tech-enthusiast:

The Staples Holiday Hang Ups Survey showed that people prefer to receive technology items including digital cameras and computers (26 percent) more so than new clothing (21 percent), jewelry (8 percent) and power tools (5 percent) this season. Unique tech-gift ideas include:

  • Seasons Hottest Laptops: The HP dv6661se Notebook PC features a powerful dual-core mobile technology processor and a whopping 2 GB of memory; anyone can achieve maximum performance while running multiple applications. Available in a stylish white and silver design. ($999.98 with $50 mail-in rebate). In November 2007, Staples became the only office supply superstore to offer Dell products. Just in time for the holidays, the Dell XPS M1330 in black will be available at select Staples stores and Staples.com beginning Dec. 20 while supplies last. Representing the perfect blend of high-end multimedia and mobility, this ultra-light and elegantly designed notebook features a 13.3 widescreen display plus 120 GB of storage. Purchase includes one year in-home XPS service experience ($1,249.99).
  • Pandigital® 7 Digital Photo Frame: Proudly display memories this holiday season with Staples selection of digital photo frames. Pandigital® 7 Digital Photo Frame plays images, video and music ($99.98). For a great gift idea for parents or grandparents, pre-load photos onto the SanDisk 1GB SD Memory Card and send to loved ones with a digital photo frame. Plus, the card is a secure, stamp-sized flash memory card that can be used for other digital products too, including digital cameras and MP3 players ($27.98).
  • Keep Connected: The unique Robot Webcam ($19.99) and Microsoft® VX-1000 ($29.99) make it easy to stay in touch during the holidays with those far-away friends and family. Mountable on notebooks and desktop computers, these webcams work with all major instant messengers including, Yahoo!® Messenger, AIM, MSN® Messenger, Windows® Messenger and Skype® Messenger, to provide video and audio for instant messaging.
  • Casio Exilim® EX-Z75 Pink Digital Camera Bundle: Support Breast Cancer research this holiday season with the pink Casio camera bundle. This compact 7.2 megapixel camera comes with a lanyard, rechargeable battery and case, and features a 3X optical zoom and a new 2.6-inch wide LCD display ($179.98).

Gifts for Kids:

  • Crayola® Products: Staples has five new kid-favorites from Crayola® this holiday season: Crayola® Color WonderTM, Crayola® Model Magic® FUSION Disney Cinderellas Castle, Crayola® Color ExplosionTM Designer and Crayola® Color ExplosionTM Glow Board ($9.99-$24.99).
  • Skullcandy Smokin Buds: Kids can tune out the parents and tune into holiday music with Skullcandys exclusive noise-eliminating sleeve. The Buds deliver the frequency range and response found in full-size headphones in a direct-to-ear package. Available in pink, black or white ($24.99).
  • Staples® Gaming Chair: Infused with a grey mesh underlay and ultra black vinyl, the Staples Gaming Chair is the perfect present for video game fanatics nationwide. Sitting low to the ground, it has both comfort and functionality for the serious gamer. ($99.99)

Gifts for Friends and Family:

  • Staples Gift Cards: Looking for the one gift that gives it all? The gift of choice a Staples Gift Card. Each Staples store carries thousands of great products, so a Staples gift card is sure to please even the toughest to buy on that holiday list.
  • Motorola® Bluetooth Headset H550: Now listeners can talk to family and friends during the holidays using the new lightweight headset that gives up to eight hours of talk time. The elevated speaker rests close to the ear delivering clear, high-quality audio and features interchangeable ear hooks. Available in a unique gold color ($69.99).
  • QuickSetTM for Staples QS30 Easy Assembly Chair: Indulge in the luxury of leather and the all day comfort of memory foam in this easy-to-assemble chair. The gift recipient will love either the black or chestnut leather with metal accents. Just three easy steps and no tools required! ($249.99).

That Holiday Was Easy

Personalize and customize holiday gifts with Staples® Holiday Photo Cards and Staples® Custom Gift Wrap and Tags. Create personalized holiday cards to send to family and friends at Staples Copy and Print Centers. Choose from fifteen designs and personalize with a family photo ($9.99 for 24 cards). Also, give presents a personal touch this season with custom gift wrap and tags. Customers can submit orders online or visit Staples stores to order personalized gift wrap (printed the same day). For $9.99, gift-givers will receive a 2 x 3 sheet of gift wrap with a design and custom photo that they choose and 10 free matching designed gift tags.

In addition to offering a wide selection of last-minute gifts, Staples is extending its hours to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23. Staples is also making it easier to ship last-minute holiday gifts, alleviating the need for a separate trip to the post office. The U. S. Postal Service Prepaid Priority Mail Envelopes are available in packs of two at Staples throughout the holidays. This lets gift-givers ship to any U.S. destination within two-to-three days. Saturday and residential deliveries are included at no extra cost. No need to weigh or apply postage ($10.99 for 2-pack).

Visit www.staples.com/holidaypr for even more news, gift ideas and photos.

(a)Staples Holiday Hang Ups Survey

The Staples Holiday Hang-Ups Survey results are based on the responses of 1,000 consumers ages 18 and over. The survey was conducted by Kelton Research during October 2007. Additional survey data is available upon request.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 74,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates more than 2,000 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

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