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Staples Announces Top Holiday Products for 2009

Easy Savings on Top Tech Items, the Hottest Gifts of the Year and More

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7:45 am EST

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
SPLS
"At Staples, we know our customers are looking to find ways to save this holiday season"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is making it easy to save this holiday season by offering hot technology items at great prices, like the new Sony® Reader Digital Books, Flip Ultra Digital Camcorder, exclusive Omnitech gadgets, computers and more. Staples is also an easy destination for busy holiday shoppers, who can check gifts and stocking stuffers off their lists, create personalized photo holiday cards, invites and calendars, and ship packages and gifts from Staples more than 1,500 U.S. store locations. With great gifts for under $30 to tremendous prices on the top technology items and holiday favorites such as GPSs, cameras and digital frames, Staples offers shoppers many ways to save this season (see related news release).

“At Staples, we know our customers are looking to find ways to save this holiday season,” said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Staples. “With great values and prices in our stores and on Staples.com, customers can save on tech and computing items that are sure to please anyone this season. Our assortment of the top-tech items and more, combined with convenient locations and knowledgeable store associates, will make shopping easy, during the holidays and everyday.”

Staples Top Holiday Gifts for 2009 include:

Gifts for the Family Under $30

Omnitech™ Mini Pod Speaker: Keep the holiday tunes playing all season long with the palm-sized Omnitech™ Mini Pod Speaker ($9.99). It works with iPods®, Sony PSPs® and all other MP3 players, and it packs a major punch with its intense sound quality in a compact design.

New Omnitech™ Photo Viewers: Display up to 40 personal photos on the Omnitech™ Digital Ornament ($20.00; at times as low as $10.00) and add some fun to holiday decor. Keep family photos handy all times using the 3.5” Omnitech™ Photo Frame Viewer ($29.99) that is small enough to fit in a wallet or purse. It holds up to 50 digital photos displayed in a fashionable alligator-print viewing wallet.

Crayola® Stocking Stuffers and Art Kits: Always a hit with the kids, Crayola® products make great budget-friendly stocking stuffers. The Model Magic Jungle Animals Craft Pack ($4.99), Washable Glitter Glue ($4.99) and Ultimate Art Supplies Organizer Kit ($14.99) are great for letting kids show their creative side.

100% Back on Batteries: During the holiday season (11/27-12/26), Staples will be offering 100% back in Staples Rewards® on 20 packs of AA or AAA Duracell® batteries. It’s like getting batteries for free, and a great way to ensure toys and electronics stay working long after the holidays have passed.

Gadgets at Amazing Prices

Omnitech™ Bluetooth Headset and Hands-Free Car Kit: A great gift for anyone, from car-pooling parents to business travelers. The Omnitech™ Bluetooth Headset ($20.00; at times as low as $10.00) and Omnitech ™ Hands-free Car Kit ($40.00; at times as low as $20.00) make hands-free calling easy, with up to six hours of talk time and 150 hours standby time for the headset, and up to 12 hours talk time and 1,000 hours standby time for the car kit.

Sony® Reader Digital Books: Staples is the only office superstore to carry both the Sony Reader Touch Edition ($299.00) and the Sony Reader Pocket Edition ($199.99), certain to be a hot gift for the holiday season. Digitally store up to 350 books and enjoy reading for two full weeks on a single battery charge.

Garmin® 265WT Portable GPS: The Garmin® 265WT Portable GPS ($269.99) is the ultimate car navigator, preloaded with maps of the United States and Canada on a 4.3” full-color touch screen. Convenience is key with hands-free calling featuring Bluetooth technology and free traffic service for life which automatically adjusts routes based on real-time traffic data.

Acer Aspire One Netbook: The Acer Aspire One Netbook ($299; at times as low as $279) makes it easy to surf the Web and stay connected while on the go. The light and portable design comes equipped with 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive and a 10.1” screen. Available in blue, pink, white and black.

HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop: The HP Pavilion dv4-1540us Entertainment Laptop ($749.98; at times as low as $579.98) provides all-in-one performance with rich multimedia features. With Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, the HP Pavilion delivers mobile performance that looks as great as it runs.

Gifts for Co-Workers and Business Executives

M by Staples™ Collection: A perfect gift for everyone, from the stylish executive to the busy mom on-the-go. The new M by Staples Collection ($0.99-44.99) features distinctive details and designs, including high-quality textured red, black and camel leather. Products include coordinating journals, notebooks, padfolios and business card holders, as well as top-quality stationary and file folders.

Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags: Busy executives will appreciate newfound convenience as they breeze through airport security checkpoints with their new airport-friendly laptop case. Travelers can pass through security without ever having to remove their laptop from its bag. To help travelers minimize the risk of losing or damaging laptops at security checkpoints, Staples carries a variety of stylish airport checkpoint-friendly laptop bags from leading manufacturers such as Samsonite and Kenneth Cole. ($59.99 - $79.99)

Capture the Memories that Mean the Most

Holiday Photography: For great family photos, the Nikon® Coolpix S570 ($199.00) is the most stylish, light and sleek digital camera on the market. Featuring innovative blink warning and smile detection technologies, the 12 mega pixel resolution and 5X optical zoom lens helps ensure a perfect picture every time. The Flip Ultra™ 120 Minute Digital Camcorder ($149.99) makes it easier than ever to shoot and share video. With 120 minutes of recording time, pocket-sized portability, and an amazing price, this tiny Flip Cam is a fantastic gift for anyone. The Canon DC410 Camcorder ($299.99) makes sure memorable moments are never missed, with its high-capacity battery and low power consumption. This sleek camcorder features a 2.7” LCD screen, 41x advanced Zoom, and Joystick control.

Rediscover Your Memories: What’s old is new again. Bring memories back to life with ION digital conversion products. The ION Profile LP – Vinyl Archiving Turntable ($99.99) turns old records into useable MP3 files that can sync with iTunes Music Libraries. The ION VCR 2 PC – Video Conversion Player ($99.99) converts VHS tapes to digital videos that can be emailed or copied onto DVD, and the ION Slides 2 PC – 35mm Slide and Film Scanner ($89.99) transforms old pictures into digital images.

Busy Moms’ Holiday Center

Staples Copy & Print Center: Create fun and personalized gifts for friends and family at Staples Copy and Print Centers. Holiday Calendars ($9.99 via http://www.Staples.com/copyandprint and $12.99 in-store) can easily be created from a template or customized with personal photos and are perfect to help everyone remember important dates. Or, create a personalized photo card ($9.99 for 24 cards) by choosing from more than 20 unique designs.

Staples Shipping Services: Customers can avoid long lines at packed shipping centers by sending holiday gifts from a Staples store instead. For a stress-free, easy shopping and shipping experience, Staples provides free shipping on Staples.com for orders over $50. Customers traveling during the holiday season also have the option of shipping to a convenient store location for pick up.

Staples® Gift Cards: Can’t decide what to give? Give the gift that gives it all – a Staples gift card! Choose a Staples gift card or select a gift card from hundreds of leading restaurants and retailers from Staples’ Gift Card Mall. Each Staples store carries thousands of great products allowing family, friends, coworkers or business associates to choose exactly what they want. Gift Cards are available in any denomination – a perfect fit for every budget.

Visit www.staples.com/holidaypr for more news and photos.

About Staples

Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2008 sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world’s leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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