AP9 Connections Gives Consumers a Few Gift Ideas for the Upcoming Holiday Season

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AP9 Connections, from Adaptive Marketing LLC, offers great deals on home entertainment and more.

’Tis the season to be jolly, but jolliness can take a little longer to achieve when you’re stuck on gift ideas for family and friends, reports AP9 Connections, a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Fortunately, the holiday season is when retail stores and online merchants bring out their big guns -- books, CDs and DVDs that are primed to appeal to the huge holiday audiences.

While we’ve all been told that it’s better to give than to receive and that it’s the thought that counts, the truth is that the joy of giving depends in good part on the joy we see on the face of the recipient. That puts a fair amount of pressure on us (self-imposed or otherwise) to choose the right gift. AP9 Connections members can relieve some of that pressure by logging on to DealPass to purchase gift cards to a variety of entertainment outlets for the folks on their gift list.

If you prefer choosing the entertainment yourself instead of passing gift cards along to friends and relatives, AP9 Connections has a few ideas for your holiday gift selections:

-- Books: 2005 offers a wide range of attractive collections in time for the holidays, such as The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine, which carries every page of every issue -- including cartoons -- of one of America's leading magazines. Indeed, cartoon fans have plenty of reasons to cheer this season: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson, offers a comprehensive look at the antics of eight-year-old Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes; and The Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 Box Set brings the earliest years of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the gang straight into your home. Other books likely to be high on wish lists include Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places, a coffee-table book by Ferdinand Protzman; The March of the Penguins, a companion book to the wildly popular summer movie; and Universe: The Definite Visual Guide, by Robert Dinwiddie et al., a breathtaking journey to the outer reaches of the cosmos. And the Deadheads on your list will be clamoring for The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics, by David Dodd and Jim Carpenter, with a foreword by Robert Hunter.

-- Music: Fans of The Boss have one gift high on their wish list: the 30th-anniversary, remastered edition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” including two DVDs that offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, a full-length video of the legendary 1975 concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, and more. Jazz aficionados will delight to the sounds of “Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane,” a November 1957 benefit concert recording that was discovered only this year. And holiday music lovers have a trove of gifts to enjoy, from “Harry for the Holidays,” by Harry Connick, and “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra” to “Christmas Fantasy” (Anita Baker) and “Christmas Songs” (Diana Krall), among others.

-- DVDs: In addition to a wide range of holiday classics -- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Scrooged” and more -- now available on DVD, you can find dozens of newer, less conventional releases to please even the hardest-to-shop-for. “The 16-Ton Monty Python Megaset” offers nearly 30 hours of comedy from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and other material. “24: Season 4” features Jack Bauer’s latest efforts to save the United States from a terrorist threat. Other season sets from popular niche-TV shows include “Scrubs: Season 2,” “Gilmore Girls: Complete Fifth Season,” “South Park: The Complete Sixth Season” and “Midsomer Murders: Set 6.” And if you loved it (or missed it) in theatres, be sure to pick up “The March of the Penguins” on DVD.

In addition to savings on gift cards for popular entertainment outlets across the country, members can also access great deals on restaurant dining; discounts on tickets to movies, concerts and theme parks; and more, concludes AP9 Connections.

About AP9 Connections

AP9 Connections is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 Connections (http://www.connections-program.com/).

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