Gift-Giving Tips From a Gift-Giving Contrarian

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. ...more
@carrien There's no better time than Christmas to get kids thinking about the needs of others ...more

Remembering Others This Holiday Season

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

Gifts For Them That Help You

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

8 Great Books To Give To Your Favorite Foodies

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. ...more

5 Incredibly Useful Gifts for Your Favorite Blogger

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. ...more
These are great ideas. Especially the conference pass! Also, a few more: -Business cards (and ...more

Holiday Gifts for Teens/Pre-Teens

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

10 Best Gift Ideas to Promote a Healthy and Thriving Life (Online gift-buying that won't break your budget)

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

Post-Holiday Stream of Consciousness


What Is Your Status With Holiday Shopping So Far This Season?

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
I went completely berzerk this past weekend and just about finished it all.  A first for me, I'm ...more

Christmas Shopping and Toddler Stockings

I'm pretty sure this qualifies me as "World's Greatest Toddler Mom Evaaaar":...more
It depends on the child and where you live but basically, anything that can fit into a stocking ...more