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Is Holiday Gift-Giving Collective Insanity?

Marcos Cordero | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Marcos Cordero

You know that saying about the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Are we willfully engaging in collective insanity every holiday season?

Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

The holiday season should be a happy and joyful time of year, but I know it can also be a time of stress and even depression. The important lessons are that ongoing, open, and honest conversations are essential.

More Than Ever, We Need to Rethink How to Live Our Lives in Meaningful Ways Without Excessive Spending

Christine Escobar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

For better or for worse in the United States, whether due to credit card debt, the foreclosure crisis, job loss or pay cuts, this holiday season many of us are forced by hard economic realities to reexamine our role as "consumers."

How to Think Like, and Shop for, Teens

Dana Holmes | Posted 02.05.2014 | Style
Dana Holmes

To avoid getting it all wrong, follow these tips on how to tap into the teen psyche and get a gift that won't embarrass them or you!

WATCH: How To Regift Without Anyone Noticing

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 12.05.2013 | HuffPost Home

Here's a riddle: Is it a regift if it's done in such a way that the recipient has no idea it was a regift? That's what the main discussion was on Huff...

6 Tips for Setting Your Intentions and Staying Focused This Holiday Season

Kala Ambrose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kala Ambrose

What if, this year, you proactively set your intentions in order to avoid these mistakes before the holidays begin? Here are six tips to setting intentions, designed to help make the holidays happy, fulfilling, and light.

The Most Generous City In America Is...

Posted 11.14.2013 | HuffPost Home

There are many ways to define generosity, but according to the DIY mavens at Craftsy, there's one true indicator of a person's propensity to give -- t...

24 Cool Wedding Gifts For Foodies

www.grubstreet.com | Posted 06.17.2013 | Weddings

Wedding season is here, and while you'd rather be spending your summer paychecks on your own vacations and fancy glassware, you have a massive list of...

Gifting As Love on Father's Day

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I don't always get the right gifts, but usually, the receiver is appreciative and, if they don't like it, they can return it, so it's an imperfect moment, but better than not giving the gift at all.

Why We Should Stop Giving Wedding Gifts

www.slate.com | Posted 06.11.2013 | Weddings

Marriage customs have undergone many profound changes in the past few centuries. Contemporary American brides and grooms don’t meet for the first ti...

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Gift Etiquette

www.cbsnews.com | Posted 06.07.2013 | Weddings

Cash or gift? A selection off the registry or something personal? And better yet -- how much to spend?...

What To Scan And What To Skip On Your Wedding Registry

www.cbsnews.com | Posted 06.05.2013 | Weddings

That Kitchen-Aid mixer you just never sprung for, or that dinnerware set for the "adult" dinner parties you may finally throw -- or perhaps a canoe. Y...

Relationship Status with Mom: It's Complicated

Penney Berryman | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Penney Berryman

You love your Mom... and you find her alternatively infuriating and embarrassing, irreplaceable and overly dramatic, irksome and endearing. As far as I know, Hallmark hasn't yet created a line of cards expressing familial disharmony.

Cool Gifts For Hot Moms!

Courtney Cachet | Posted 07.02.2013 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Cachet

Mother's Day. Oh the pressure! How does one thank Mom for all that she's done for us through the years? In case you're totally stumped and five minutes away from ordering a fruit basket, just stop. I took care of you, whether your budget is limited or lavish. Check out my top picks this year!

14 Truly Cool Wedding Gifts

nymag.com | Posted 04.25.2013 | Weddings

While cash always seems the preferred gift these days, the best ones say something about the life you hope the happy couple will lead. If you want to ...

Why You Should Bypass Roses This Valentine's Day

Walker Jones Thornton | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Walker Jones Thornton

Red roses stand for love and romance. They also signify a clichéd tradition of surprising a loved one on Valentine's Day. It's a cop-out to rush to the grocery store or neighborhood florist and grab a dozen roses on your way home from work.

Dating During the Holidays

Samantha Daniels | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Samantha Daniels

It's difficult to know the right and wrong things to do when it comes to dating during the holidays. If you are concerned that you might make a faux pas or two, have no fear, here are some rules to help you make it through the season.

When Is It Okay To Return a Gift?

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.26.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Etiquette expert Mindy Lockard appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the right way to handle gifts that people dislike. Host Alicia Menendez asked Lock...

The 9 Gifts You'll Give In Your Life -- And How To Give Them

Hana Abaza | Posted 02.18.2013 | Women
Hana Abaza

You've just been handed a gift, and you can feel the excitement from your wide-eyed friend. The huge grin on their face says it all... "you're going to LOVE it!"

15 of Chicago's Most Creative Share Their Gift Ideas and Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Tired of giving the same old thing around the holidays? In a bind for some gifts as the deadline draws near? Before you settle, get a pinch of inspiration from some of Chicago's most creative artists and entrepreneurs on the list below.

Beyond Holiday Stress: Steps to Reclaim the Holiday Spirit

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert V. Taylor

Any combination of these five steps can become part of a conscious, mindful choice to lower the stress level of the holidays for you, your children and your extended family.

Princess Butterfly Sparkle Pants: What Toys Are Telling You About the Girl on Your Holiday List

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.

Why Gifts Matter

Lorna Byrne | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

A gift, no matter how small, is a statement that you care about someone. It is a gesture of love and peace that can make an enormous difference.

Gifts That Give Back: Holiday Presents That Are Chic and Charitable

Women & Co | Posted 02.12.2013 | Women
Women & Co

As the saying goes, it's always better to give than to receive -- and it's even better when the gift itself gives back. In this season of conspicuous consumerism, there are many shopping options that have a charitable component.

Project December: Take Back the Holidays

Terra Trevor | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Terra Trevor

This is what I want to claim as a mother, for the time I give to be remembered. That is why I now wrap it, and not objects, and give my time as a gift to my family.