As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a gift-giving contrarian. Christmas-time, birthday-time, anniversary-time -- it doesn't matter. I don’t buy into the hype, I don’t buy into the guilt, and many times, I just don’t buy. So, just in time for Christmas, I’m here to give you the benefit of my contrarian notions about how not to make yourself nuts over gift giving.
Remembering Others This Holiday Season The gift buying season is upon us. Every year I sit down and make a list of the people I need to buy for and struggle to match that list to gift ideas. Face it, some people are harder to shop for than others. Since I'm probably not the only one with this problem, I thought I would share some of my ideas. Today's list is about giving to others....more
Gift giving is about the receiver, but sometimes you can give them a gift that helps you out too! Kids are by far the easiest ones to buy for in this category. Pretty much any new toy will keep a kid occupied for a little while, but the ones that keep them occupied for longer periods of time over and over again are the best ones. Below is my list of my favorite gifts for them that help you!...more
No matter how much time I spend looking up recipes online, I'm still happiest when I'm curled up in my favorite chair, flipping through a hard-copy cookbook for just the right recipe to make next. Cookbooks and food books are great gifts for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Here are some of my favorite picks from books released by bloggers in 2012.
So you have a friend or family member who loves to blog, and you want to get her a present that will help her kick it up a notch this year. Here are some ideas on really useful things to give the blog lover in your life.
If you are the parent of a teen/pre-teen you probably already have a pretty good idea of what types of gifts they want this holiday season. But if you have a teenaged niece, granddaughter or family member on your list that you are a little clueless about what to get for the holidays, here are some simple guidelines to help you:...more
It's that time of year again, December is here, and now (for those of us that didn't start shopping early), it's time to find the perfect gifts for the ones we love. Are you interested in choosing gift for your loved ones this year that will increase their level of wellness and vitality? What if you could buy for someone you love the gift of Health, or the gift of a thriving life? Wouldn't that be great? ...more
We've just wrapped up the long Thanksgiving weekend and now the shopping race begins. Will you be running this year? Maybe you joined the crowds looking for the perfect sale on Black Friday. Maybe you've thrown in the towel with brick-and-mortar shopping -- why spend hours searching for a parking place at a real store when millions of gift ideas are at your fingertips on your laptop or tablet?...more