When it comes to gift buying for kids -- at Hanukkah, Christmas or birthdays -- I'm an advocate for giving a child something they really want. In other words, gifts are supposed to add to a child's happiness. And my emphasis here is on the stand-alone word "child's," with no gender-labeling modifiers.
'Tis the season to shop for presents. Yes, again. It comes the same time every year. Please get out from under your desk. Holiday gift shopping is not...
"Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the stranger and the unwanted child, care for the ill, and love your enemies" is the...
It's easy to get caught up in consumerism every Christmas, taking one dreaded day to slog through a sea of people in the malls and dig for that discount-priced trinket that won't embarrass you too much when the person you love tears open your lousy gift.
They say good things come in small packages. Tech toys may not be the biggest items your kids will unwrap this year, but they certainly will be full of good stuff.
People who are exceptionally intelligent in one or more areas can be particularly difficult to choose gifts for, either because their interests are so esoteric (e.g., physics) or so focused that you are inclined to expand their horizons (e.g., no more puzzles, no more comics!).
This year, go beyond the bottle.
The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give something that is a bit more meaningful?
Everyone is going to be happy with their Secret Santa gifts this year because you're going to forward this to all your office mates.
I can't imagine life without my travel towel or vacuum-sealer bag for dirty clothes. It sometimes requires crazy-looking gadgets at the risk of having other people look at you like you're crazy.
Gather your foliage into small bundles, starting with the larger pieces on the bottom and layering the smaller ones on top. Pinch the stems together and secure the bundle with floral wire. To assemble the bags, wrap the jute twine around the opening of the bag.
In response to this time of heavy consumerism, nonprofits proposed Giving Tuesday, which asks people to consider giving to organizations that are addressing critical social issues.
I have a confession to make. There are some things I am not good at...friends will be amazed to hear me say it, but it's true.
My mother used to say to me, "When someone asks you how you are, don't say 'good,' say 'great.'" She taught me that almost 50 years ago and I still do it today.
Whatever your strategy, by making sure you buy a gift from their list rather than yours should be enough to ensure that it doesn't end up on whydidyoubuymethat.com, in the trash, or, worst of all, as your gift from them next holiday season.
Save yourself from the dreaded holiday shopping this year, by DIYing the perfect gifts for every family member and friend! After taking a look at what gifts everyone's wishing for this year, we rounded up some of our favorite holiday gift DIY's. Save your cash, and spend some time crafting for the holidays!