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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, relaxing Christmas Day!  Hope you holiday season has been wonderful for you and yours.  We will be open tomorrow during our regular Sunday hours of 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Abt’s online site operates 24 hrs a day!

Giveaway of the Day!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you love music, today’s giveaway is just for you.  Today, one lucky winner will receive Sony’s CD Boombox with iPod dock.  Simply pop in your favorite CD or iPod and listen to your tunes in great, quality sound.  It even comes with a wireless remote.  Visit our Facebook page for full details.

Abt Gift Cards: The Perfect Gift

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

It’s coming down to the wire.  Christmas is in 5 days.  If you don’t have a gift for that special someone and have absolutely no idea what to get, why not get them an Abt Gift card?  A simple solution for someone who loves technology, the gift card will allow them to come in whenever they want at put it towards whatever it is we sell.  Send them an easy e-GiftCard or mail them a gift card.  It never expires and is never a bad gift.  Start shopping for Abt Gift cards today!

50% off Expedited Shipping

Friday, December 17th, 2010

While we weren’t able to convince Santa to let us borrow his super fast Sleigh, we’ve devised our own way of getting your products to you almost as fast as St. Nick.  Starting today at 3pm Central Standard Time we are offering 50% off of our Expedited Shipping costs.  You have until December 23rd at 2pm to make your order and pay for expedited shipping while checking out to guarantee your delivery by Christmas.  Don’t delay!

Free Shipping & Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Getting your gifts to their destination is the last and possibly most important step when ordering online.  We know how much people value security and timeliness for their special packages.  We here at Abt have made shopping online something to be more confident about.  If you make your purchase by 2pm Central Standard Time on December 17th, your items will make it to you or your recipient in time for Christmas.

Don’t worry about any post-sales return or exchange difficulties.  We’ve extended our return policy to January 15th, 2011.   For more information, follow our holiday shipping link.

Holiday Pastry Creations

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The smell of ginger, cinnamon, peppermint or sugar cookies baking in the oven bring back memories of Christmas when I was younger. Make some of your own holiday memories this season through the art of pastry making. From making gingerbread cookies, to rugelach, Abt’s Gourmet shop has exactly what you need. Choose from different stand mixers, to blenders and even cooking utensils.  Below is a recipe for gingerbread cookies I made a few weeks ago.

3 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup of unsalted butter
½ cup molasses
½ cup packed sugar
¼ cup water
1 small egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cloves and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
2. In another bowl, mix butter, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth.
3. Slowly add both bowls together until they are completely absorbed. Once pliable, split dough into thirds. Wrap each in plastic wrap and put in fridge for at least 2 hours.  You can even leave it overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is prepping, roll out the dough into ¼ thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place each cookie 1 inch apart onto a cookie sheet. Use a little pan spray to lubricate.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the oven. When cookies are finished, remove and set cookies onto wire racks to cool. When fully cooled, you can add icing however you wish.
6. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite recipes?

Santa Brought Goodies to Some Special Families

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

During the month of December, Abt employees raised money for six families by having jeans days, a raffle, and bake sale. With the money raised, we were able to make Christmas a little merrier for these families.

Santa, along with his Abt elves, brought toys, gifts, stockings, and a turkey dinner from Jolane’s. The families were so happy to spend some time with Santa this Christmas. Everyone Santa visited was so grateful to receive gifts from their family wish lists.

Abt has proudly participated in the outreach program for eight years. We are looking forward to doing it again next year.

-Kelly B.

Free Gift Wrapping!!!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Are you a local Abt customer? Planning to buy a gift at Abt this holiday season? Abt is offering free gift wrapping on most (reasonably sized) items. Buying on-line? We can still wrap your gift for a small fee ($9.99).

-Kelly B.

Hot Holiday Gift Ideas From Abt

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Ed Curran, CBS 2’s technology reporter, visited Abt Electronics on Wednesday. He spoke with employee Josh Davis about the hottest holiday gift ideas for 2009.

Beginning with the Yamaha M4 piano, outside our Sony store, Ed sat down to listen to a few Christmas tunes. This Yamaha will play prerecorded songs or you can make your own music.


Chicago, like many other cities are hands-free, when it comes to cell phones. Do you have a Bluetooth headset for safer driving? If not, try the Bumble Bee headset. A great gift or stocking stuffer.

If you haven’t gotten an iPod® or need a new one, Abt has the must have gift this season, the iPod® Touch. Starting at $199 for the 8GB to $399 for the 64GB, this is an mp3 player, web-surfing, emailing, and game playing machine.

iPod® and iPhone™ accessories are topping so many Christmas lists this year. Tech 21 has revolutionized the iPhone™ and iPod® case market. They have created iBand, an indestructible case for the ultimate in protection. The Tech 21 case is made from a pliable material that strengthens to steel-like proportions upon impact.

Powermat chargers are wireless and work with iPod®, iPhone™, Blackberries, handheld electronic games, and more. Simply adhere the adaptor to the back of the device you would like to charge, lay the device on the Powermat, and charging begins automatically. All Powermat accessories are buy one and the second is 30% off.

Sonos has made listening to music in multiple rooms of your home a breeze. The ZonePlayer S5 is an all-in-one, wireless, music system that delivers superior sound, unlimited music, and endless enjoyment — all over the home. Plus, you can control it all with your iPhone™ or iPod® touch using the free Sonos Controller for iPhone™ app.

LCD TVs have really dropped in price this year. Abt is offering a 52” Samsung LCD HDTV with a free Blu-ray player for only $1119. Abt has quite a few bundle deals, visit for details.

-Kelly B.

Gadget Buying Made Simple

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This morning, Josh Davis, of Abt Electronics, did a featured segment for You & Me This Morning with Jeanne Sparrow, on WCIU—channel 26. He explained that gadgets and electronics do not have to be intimidating.

Giving gadgets for Christmas is simple and less expensive than ever before, Josh explains. The Bumblebee Bluetooth headset is just $9.99. In previous years, a Bluetooth headset cost anywhere from $50-$100.

Another great, inexpensive gift idea from Abt is the iPod Shuffle. At only $59.00 it can be a great present or stocking-stuffer. The Shuffle can hold 500 songs and the headphones talk, giving the listener information about the song they are listening to.

Digital cameras are a hot gift for the holiday season too. Josh tells me they have really gone down in price. The 12 megapixel Olympus FE-26 is only $82 at Another great camera option is the Sony Webbie. It is both an HD digital camera and video recorder for $129.

Shocking to many, Blu-ray disc players have dropped in price dramatically. Onkyo has Blu-ray players for $124 and up, Sony and LG have models for $149 and up, Panasonic and Toshiba Blu-rays start at $159, and Samsung players start at $159.

If you still need gift ideas or electronics are still intimidating, call Abt or visit and speak with a sales specialist for advice.

-Kelly B.