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Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

For Me? I Don't Think So: Saying No to Unwanted Gifts

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary-Lou Stephens

Just because you are a good person who practices empathy and compassion doesn't mean you're a doormat. If someone tries to dump their negativity on you remember the problem is not yours unless you choose to accept it.

A Surprising Encounter At A Thrift Store

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I'm kind of cynical. So I figured I'd been had. The old man walked out with the antique lamp. And the clerk looked at me to pay for it. How did I end up in this mess? I guess it started with stress.

Why Groupon Makes Gift-Giving Something Of A Joke

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Gabrielle Burton

Some people think Mother's Day has become too commercial, and there are always those cranks around still harping on the US lagging behind other developed countries in providing high quality early child care, don't get them started on paid maternal leave or unequal pay for women. Not me: I'm all for mothers getting anything they can, bring it on, I mean, really, just make sure to give them enough stuff on Mother's Day to get them through the other 364 days of childcare without that village that never shows up to help.

The Best Graduation Present to Give Your Classmates

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Quick. Your apartment or your house just caught fire. Besides your phone and whatever computer drives you can stuff into a pocket -- especially those filled with photos -- what do you grab on your way out the door?

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

This Is NOT the Candy Land of Your Childhood

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 03.11.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

He steered me in the direction of an end cap a few aisles away, calling out to me as I hurried off, "They changed the box and packaging a little bit, but you should be able to spot it." Spotted.

Kids Present Puppy 'Lion King' Style To Parents

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Good News

These siblings had a very special Christmas gift for their parents, and this very special gift was deserving of a very special presentation -- one tha...

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 5

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Gifts: Appreciation Have you ever had that holiday moment where the presents are all opened and you have a vague sense of disappointment? Bound to...

Ho! Ho! Ho! Do You Know Where Santa Really Comes From?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.21.2014 | Weird News
Sidonie Sawyer

Saint Nicolas is always represented as wearing a long beard and the red and white hooded cloak of a bishop of his time. Do you see where I'm getting? During the festival, he travels from home to home to visit nice children and give them presents, while the naughty ones get the whip by a meany guy (where was child protection?).

Holiday Meltdowns Are Not Inevitable: Here's One You and Your Children Can Escape

Susan Linn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Days of anticipation and the flurry of opening presents can be overwhelming, especially for young children. Helping them manage their expectations will also help them, and you, avoid unpleasant meltdowns during what is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience.

Low on Dough This Holiday Season?

Natalie Pace | Posted 02.18.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are stark reminders that Christmas has become the most wonderful time of the year... for retail. When the main focus of the holiday is on, 'What did you get?' we miss out on the true spirit of the holiday season.

All the Best Christmas Gifts I Ever Got in the 80s

Leslie Goshko | Posted 02.17.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

I maintain that the 1980s produced some of the most kick-ass, memorable and, at times, weird and creepy toys.

What Do Designers Want for Christmas?

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Soren Petersen

When I was a boy, there was nothing as disappointing as getting soft Christmas presents. You knew straight away from feeling them that this was not ...

10 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Catie Parrish | Posted 02.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Catie Parrish

This year, set aside the generic holiday wrapping paper, and give your gifts the star treatment with DIY wrapping techniques.

A 10-Month-Old's Letter To Santa

Raquel D'Apice | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Raquel D'Apice

I am a 10-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my "Christmas List" to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want. I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

Why I'm Buying My Kids A Lot of Presents

Lyz Lenz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

I realize I'm writing a defense of consumerism. A treatise on spoiling. But it's one day. One day I can say "yes."

Stumped By What to Get Your Older Children for the Holidays? Here's a Solution That Will WOW Them!

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

There are moments in all parents' lives when they just can't figure out what to get their children and leaning on a big name retailer to pull a rabbit from a hat for them only adds to the frustration despite the helpful lists these retailers strive to provide.

The Logic of Gifting Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This holiday season, as our own thoughts turn aspirational for ourselves and those we love, permit to suggest the logic of not just wishing for health and long life, but gifting them. I believe the right approach allows for exactly that.

Hanukkah, Christmas & Black Friday Presence

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

For those who celebrate Chanukah we're already knee high into the gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas though, you fortunately have a few weeks left, indeed, Black Friday (sounds way cooler than it is) has arrived.

Light Go On -- Part XI -- Presents

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Great Spirit faith is the right word faith came into my life brought into my life by you and I have faith that you will bring me more presents than...

WATCH: Wife & Daughter Make Father's Day Gifts for Dad, Anchorman Actor David Koechner

HooplaHa | Posted 08.14.2013 | HuffPost Home
HooplaHa

When words aren't enough to tell the father in your life how much he means to you, you can say it with a homemade gift from the heart. For Father's Da...

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 ...

What Type Of Gift Wrapper Are You?

Janie Emaus | Posted 02.18.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

The older I get, the more I dislike gift wrapping. Not that I ever really liked it in the first place. I'd just as soon put the presents I've bought in paper bags. But all that brown isn't very festive and I don't think my family would be too happy with what resembles bags of groceries for them to open.

Fun Gift Ideas, From Colin Cowie (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Stuck in a rut of giving gift cards, boxed chocolates and wine? Event and lifestyle expert Colin Cowie gave me suggestions for diversifying the presen...