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Staples Announces Top Holiday Products for 2008

Easy and Affordable Shopping Solutions Offer Something for Everyone, From Personalized Gifts to Tech Items, and a Chance to Win It All for Free

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2008--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is making holiday shopping easy this year by offering high-quality gifts at affordable prices, like the new Samsonite airport checkpoint-friendly laptop bags, Sony digital cameras and Omnitech digital photo frames. Staples also knows that sometimes it's all about the personal touch, so once the technology and travel items are crossed off the list, shoppers can customize their gift-giving experience through personalized gift wrap, photo holiday cards and calendars, all available at Staples Copy & Print Center. And for all those deal seekers out there, Staples is offering the "Gift It For Free" sweepstakes in which 10,000 people will win their entire purchase, up to $5,000, for free.

"At Staples, we recognize that budgets are tight this holiday season, and we want to make sure that our customers know that they'll find great values and prices in our stores and on on a wide range of gifts," said Mark Mettler, senior vice president of merchandising for Staples. "Our gift options and assortment from top brands at attractive price points, combined with our extended holiday hours, convenient locations and knowledgeable store associates, will make holiday shopping easy for our customers."

Staples Top Holiday Gifts for 2008

Some of the most popular items available at Staples this holiday season include:

Gifts under $20

Omnitech(TM) Digital Storage:

Keep technology items safe in these convenient and fashionable neoprene storage cases. Options include a portable hard drive case, USB flash drive cases and universal storage pouches. ($2.99 - $12.99)

Omnitech(TM) Flexible Keyboard:

Take this full-sized, portable keyboard anywhere to make typing on a laptop that much easier. The keyboard is spill-proof, washable and even rolls up to fit in almost any bag space. Available in black, blue, and pink. ($9.98)

Staples Copy & Print Center: Create fun and personalized gifts for friends and family at Staples Copy and Print Centers. Holiday Calendars ($9.99 via 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. Give presents a personal touch and create custom wrapping paper and gift tags with Staples Gift Wrap and Tags ($6.99). Choose from several different designs and include up to three photos to give gifts a memorable touch. Wrapping paper is available in 2' x 10' sheets and includes 10 free matching gift tags.

Gifts under $50

M by Staples(TM) Collection (signature Berry Journal shown):

Perfect for everyone, from the stylish executive to the busy mom on-the-go, the new Fall 2008 collection features eye-catching fabrics and designs, including trendy distressed leather in berry with paisley-patterned accents of orange and purple. Products include tote bags, journals, padfolios, business card holders and laptop sleeves. (signature Berry Journal, $24.99)

Omnitech(TM) Bluetooth Headset:

Travelers can enjoy the convenience of hands-free phone calls with the Omnitech Bluetooth Headset, which provides four-to-five hours of talk time and up to 70 hours of stand-by time. ($29.99)

Omnitech(TM) MP3 Player:

The Omnitech MP3 player allows travelers to enjoy their favorite music wherever they are. Available in 2GB, the player provides up to eight hours of playback time and includes a voice recorder and a 1.0" screen for easy viewing. Plus, a removable cap reveals a USB tip, so customers can plug the MP3 player directly into a computer's USB slot to transfer music and charge its battery... without having to worry about cords and cables. ($39.99)

Gifts under $100

Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags: To help travelers minimize the risk of losing or damaging laptops at security checkpoints, Staples is now carrying a variety of new airport checkpoint-friendly laptop bags from leading manufacturers like Samsonite. Staples is the exclusive office supply superstore retailer for the new Samsonite Checkmate Business Laptop Bag and Checkmate Casual Laptop Bag ($79.99), both of which accommodate a 15.4" laptop and are available in-store and on

Omnitech(TM) Digital Photo Frames: Creatively display family photos with Omnitech Digital Photo Frames. Exclusive to Staples, these frames are available in 7" and 8.5" ($99.99 and $139.99 respectively), and are designed to help effortlessly locate, resize and transfer more than 2,000 photos from the computer in three easy-to-follow steps.

Gadgets at Unbelievable Prices

TomTom(R) ONE 125 GPS:

The TomTom GPS features pre-installed maps of the U.S. on a 3.5" full color touchscreen. The system offers direct access to emergency numbers, as well as pre-installed 2+million points of interest, from gas stations to hotels. ($179.00)

Holiday Photography: For great family photos, the Sony W120 ($199.00) features innovative "Smile Shutter" technology - amazingly, it knows if family members are smiling or not and helps to take better photos. Available in-store and online, it offers 7.2 mega pixels and a 4X optical zoom lens. Another great camera is the Canon SD1100S ($249.99), which is smaller than a cell phone, is available in blue, brown, silver, gold and pink, and features 8 mega pixels, image stabilization and a 3X zoom lens.

Acer Ultra Mini Netbook:

This ultra mini PC is great for browsing the Internet, viewing pictures, watching videos on-line and instant messaging. Weighing in at only 2.2 pounds and boasting an 8.9" screen, the PC features 1 GB of memory and a 120 GB hard drive. ($349.98)

Staples(R) Gift Cards: Can't decide what to give? Give the gift that gives it all - a Staples gift card! The Staples gift card is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Each Staples store carries thousands of great products allowing family, friends, coworkers or business associates to choose exactly what they want. Staples Gift Cards are available in any denomination - a perfect fit for every budget.

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Gift It for Free Sweepstakes

To ring in the holiday season, Staples developed the "Gift It For Free" sweepstakes, which kicks off on Nov. 16 and awards 10,000 people their entire holiday purchase, up to $5,000, for free. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 24, and anyone is eligible by entering the code on their receipt at No purchase necessary. See Official Rules for details.

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 $27 billion in sales, 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


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