Whether you're looking to spice up your holiday White Elephant party or give something to everyone in your Little Black Book, these gifts are cheap in all the right ways.
Finding a great book for someone else can be quite the challenge during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help you on your merry way!
For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: "Mom, who's going to be in our house for Christmas?" The answer never varied: "The guests God brought to us this year, my dear."
I didn't shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, but I feel like I did. I am exhausted from the overbearing onslaught of emails and posts and ads announcing the big sales. It's made me feel slightly curmudgeonly, and I am not happy about it.
Can you believe The Colbert Report is almost over? If someone you know will be going through major Colbert withdrawal soon, put some truthiness under the tree with these Colbert-related stocking stuffers.
So, while you won't see this listed on retailers' websites whose core focus is simply to sell you things, I propose three core reasons why using your holiday shopping as an opportunity to invest in your loved ones' experiential equity will make this year, for you and the people you love, a magical one.
If you are on a budget, many non-toy gifts are very low-cost or even free and others may include events you may already be planning. If you are concerned about your child not having anything to open if give gifts that are not toys, don't despair. It's perfectly fine to wrap notes, tickets, or small trinkets that relate to the gift.
Opening stockings is synonymous with Christmas morning. But, sometimes its contents leave you wondering why we even bother with those silly things anymore, anyway?
Remember that feeling of panic when Christmas is days away and you have no gifts wrapped? Not this year! We're introducing our 2014 holiday gift guides -- with ideas for everyone on your list, arranged by personality and price.
Los Angeles-based lifestyle expert Sally Horchow learned the art of wrapping at her mother's wrap desk at age 5, wrote thank-you notes before she could tie her own shoes, and worked in packing and shipping at the Horchow Collection (the mail-order company founded by her father) soon thereafter.
Not every great present costs as much as a mortgage payment -- if you know where to look. This Old House rounded up some of the coolest, ultra-affordable gifts around for everyone on your list (and if you buy them for yourself, we won't tell).
While parents may fret about guaranteeing that their children's holiday bounty is equal, it certainly isn't the most memorable part of the holiday. And if the children's complaint of inequality is honored, then a mountain will be made of a mole hill.
Hosting a gathering with family or friends for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years?
Many of us do get distracted and confused. After all, we need material security to live, and support our families, and our increasingly unequal society makes that more and more difficult.
Just remember, don't differentiate between a girl and a boy. Focus on giving them gifts that will develop their curiosity, creativity and persistence. Isn't that important for both girls and boys?
If you are anything like me, you're always looking to hoard more books - especially photography books! When books are forty or fifty dollars or more, ...