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, ...
Throw together this all-purpose holiday elixir and keep a couple of small bottles on hand--in the event of a cocktail or gifting emergency.
Finding the right something isn't about spending as much money as you can reasonably afford -- it's about picking what's most likely to resonate with her, her interests and her style.
Do you like to surprise friends and family members with edible gifts around the holidays?
Okay brides and grooms: the holiday season is upon us and whether you have a ring on it yet (or not), it will soon be time for YOU to pop the question to your bridesmaids. I see this as the perfect opportunity to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, take out that glue gun, and get to work.
Yet again, gift cards are the most requested gift item of the holiday season. That means there's a good chance you will be shopping for one this year, and we have shopping secrets to ensure you get the most value for your gift card dollar.