:HolidayHints+ Celebrate Family over the Holidays with Personalized Portrait Gifts (NAPSA)—It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and frivolity of the holiday season, but family is the most precious gift to celebrate — especially during dif- ficult economic times. For many this season, the gift of togetherness will outweigh all the shiny boxes underthetree. Unlike the latest fad or gadget, family portraits last forever and add a meaningful, personal touch to holiday presents. With a single visit to a portrait studio, you can create numerous personalized gifts for everyone on yourlist (and save yourself the hassle of navigating one busy store after another). Consider a portrait studio with digital printing capabilities because it offers the option to personalize portraits in-studio and take home holiday gifts immediately. Portrait CDs, which include images from a studio session, are available immediately after a session. “Now more than ever, we all appreciate the importance of fam- ily,” said Sherry Kohrs, Sears Por- trait Studio marketing director. “This season, we're offering a variety of personalized gift ideas at family-friendly prices.” Here are some ideas for adding a personal touch to gifts for loved ones: e Start a new family tradition by hanging themed wallet-sized portraits as holiday ornaments, such as Baby’s First Christmas. Make them for loved ones, too. Encourage family members near andfar to take their ownhol- iday family portraits and compile Family portraits last forever and add a meaningful personal touch to holiday presents. all the portraits into “brag books” for Grandma and Grandpa. Create gift tags using walletsized portraits of your family that double as keepsakes to be treasured long after the packages are opened. Kohrs recommends booking studio portrait appointments sooner rather than later. Bring your gift list to your appointment to choose options for all your loved ones so you can walk out that day with personalized gifts ready to wrap. For family pose suggestions and more gift ideas, visit www.searsportrait.com.