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Gift Expert Dana Holmes

Are Art Toys Over?

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Back when I first moved to New York City in 2005, art toys were blowing up. KidRobot was making art toys accessible to the trendiest hipsters with their playful vinyl toys and coordinating fashion. Anyone remember the neon hoodies?

The Easiest, Most Delicious DIY Bacon

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.20.2014 | Taste
Dana Holmes

The "craft bacon" industry is under way and I want you to know about it first.

The Toys of Summer (Movies)

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Want to be a hero? Scoop up one of these toys and surprise your little ones with it after the show!

The Impossible Art of Gift Shopping for Architects

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

A broad topic coffee table book about design will do nothing for him. But, a book about the grains of different types of wood or an encyclopedia of sailing knots will be referenced more times than you can imagine.

Two Toy Trends on the Horizon

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Holmes

These are trends that will most likely slowly expand over the next couple of years into more and more products. But, for now, just a select group of major toy makers are dipping their "toys" in the water and seeing if they can jump start trends from scratch.

Packing for Baby's 1st Road Trip

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Holmes

My husband and I were asking ourselves this exact question last week as we were prepping for our first weekend away from home with our 4-month-old infant. Because I can have my OCD moments, I decided that we should bring everything and then figure out what we didn't need, versus taking nothing and learning the hard way.

Is Naughty Nice on Valentine's Day?

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

It depends on who you ask. But when you are scrambling over these next few days to get your Valentine's Day game on, you should think carefully about ...

5 Sites to Help You "Get" Your Guy on Valentine's Day

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Shopping for gifts for men should be an Olympic sport. Seriously. It's the hardest thing some of us do all year.

Why 'Made in America' Is Cool

Dana Holmes | Posted 02.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

In the last few years, pride in American-made goods has been causing a swing back in that direction, making them trendier than ever among the hip and cutting-edge. We can support "Made in America" products even more by giving them as gifts and spreading the word.

The 5 Rules of Watching Football

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Dana Holmes

Before you start accepting invitations to football viewing parties, there are some etiquette guidelines you may want to verse yourself in to ensure you'll be a good guest.

How to Plan Your Thanksgivukkah

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

The traditional meal is one of the best parts of any holiday. But I've got to admit, being able to alter the beloved Thanksgiving menu, and combine it with the delicious Hanukkah menu, no less, brings a certain excitement.

5 Amazing Facts About Día de Muertos

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

While the fall is the season for Día de Muertos, it's also when monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico. Legend has it that the butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.

3 World Series Tips for Novices

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Dana Holmes

If you're sports-challenged like I am, I hope this info will help you get in on the conversation when the big games arrive.

Score! How to Homegate

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.23.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

This NFL season, skip the hassle and hustle of going to the game and put your energy into throwing the best homegating party ever!

How to Make an Oktoberfest Festhaus at Home

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.14.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

While traveling to Germany to drink a whole lot of beer is appealing, so is saving your vacation days and celebrating from home.

How to Commemorate the First Day of School

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.09.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

The first day of school is a pretty big deal. And commemorating it has always been important too, though maybe it wasn't always done in as organized a fashion as it is now.

First 5 Anniversaries Guide

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.29.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Stumped by what to get for my own upcoming anniversary, I wanted to put together a few gift ideas for the first five. Instead of buying separate gifts for each other, these suggestions are for the two of you to choose gifts together that you'll both enjoy as a couple.

Throw a Top Secret Surprise Party

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.22.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Try keeping the guest list to close pals only. That way they'll be almost as invested in the surprise aspect as you are and they won't go accidentally blurting it out. And those friends you know are loose cannons? Wait till the day before to send them an invitation.

5 Hot Trends for Kids' Birthday Parties

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Dana Holmes

Forget those run-of-the-mill, standard party ideas. I did some serious digging to arm you with new, interesting and tons-of-fun themes that will stand out.

7 No-Fail Baby Shower Gifts

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

love baby showers. And I love shopping for them even more. Moms-to-be are gifted so many unnecessary whosits and whatsits at their showers that picking out a gift they'll actually like becomes an exciting challenge.

5 Unheard of Camping Essentials

Dana Holmes | Posted 09.11.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

If you're planning a camping adventure with someone who loves the outdoors, chances are they already have the essentials taken care of.

80th Birthday Gifts That Won't Gather Dust

Dana Holmes | Posted 09.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Just what do you get for someone who's about to blow out 80 candles on their birthday cake? It's certainly a milestone!

How to Not be a Jerk at a Summer Party

Dana Holmes | Posted 08.20.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

You know how your parents told you when you were little that if you peed in the pool, a the water around you would turn green? Well, they were lying. But kids know better and so should you!

Five Last-Ditch Efforts for Father's Day

Dana Holmes | Posted 08.12.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Although getting something for dad has been on your to-do list for weeks, you still haven't been able to cross it off. I know that it's not because you don't care. Dads are just notoriously hard to shop for, and yours is no exception.

5 Father's Day Bonding Destinations

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.30.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Half of the fun of these adventures is when things go wrong, so be prepared to laugh off the rain, bugs, spilled drinks and bad sound engineering. No matter what happens, you'll be talking about it for years.