Holiday Gift Guide for Pets and Their People

Hannukah's just about over, (although I encourage you to check out these fabulous collars for next year!) but with a couple of weeks left until Christmas, there is still plenty of time to take care of the pets - and pet people - on your lists. In my admittedly biased opinion, we (I mean they!) are some of the most fun to buy for. ...more

Ten Great Homemade Food Gifts, and No Cooking Required for Some!

It's that time again when you need to get your kitchen into full production line mode if you're planning to turn out loads of holiday goodies to give away. Most people know someone who loves to make elaborate holiday sweets for family, friends, and co-workers. If that sounds like you, I've got a few recipes for cookies, candy, and fruitcake that might make make you smile. ...more
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Top Ten Gifts for Hanukkah

When the editors at BlogHer asked me to put together a gift guide for Hanukkah, I was a little taken aback. After all, my child’s Hanukkah list probably looks a lot like any other kid’s wish list. She wants the same toys, books and electronics as her friends, and has the same clothing needs. As for me, I think jewelry is an appropriate gift for any holiday. ...more
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Gift Ideas for History Buffs

If you've got a history lover on your holiday list, the blogosphere has a lot of great suggestions for gifts, priced for any budget. Here's a top ten list of good ideas, including with some of my own: ...more


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Blogher's Top Ten List of What to Make with Leftover Turkey

Anyone living in the U.S. who's not a vegetarian is most likely eating turkey today, and if you cooked the turkey yourself, you might be eating turkey tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that I'm sure you know what I mean. Turkeys can be rather large, and they often produce a lot of leftovers. Worry no more though, for here you go with Blogher's top ten ideas for how to use those turkey leftovers. ...more

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Holiday Guide to Giving and Receiving Gifts From Coworkers, Bosses and Clients

In the corner of my bedroom topped with barbells so Uma Thurman, the dog who thinks she is a cat, can't get to it, sits the abundant leftovers of  my 2004 Holiday Gift Project. If things had gone according to plan, my close friends and clients would have received a hand knit scarf. Only my colleague Gary got one. Instead of all the others on my list getting their scarves, my bedroom corner got a lovely wicker basket overflowing with unused balls of yarn. ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for the Music Lover on Your List

Our species uses music and dance to express various feelings: love, joy, comfort, ceremony, knowledge and friendship. - Daniel J. Levitin "Dancing in the Seats" The New York Times Now that it has been scientifically proven that shaking one's booty to the groove is healthy for us humans, music should be at the top of gift lists everywhere.  Here then is a guide to some ways to bring the gift of musical comfort and joy to the lives of your loved ones. ...more

Traveler's Holiday Gift Guide: You Can Take It With You

Even the most organized traveler, that person in your life who seems able to pack and go in absolute comfort every single time doesn't have it all. Just yesterday, my darling husband handed me a purple silk bundle that contained a super handy travel item: A silk sleeping bag liner, a double, even, for those romantic camping weekends. With that in mind, here's a list of a few thing that travelers can't have enough of, don't know they need, or won't spoil themselves on because they're saving their pennies for that next big adventure. For travelers in transit: ...more

Not necessarily for travel, but I've spent enough time on airport floors that I can definitely ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Movie Enthusiasts

‘Tis the season to treat the ones we love to a little something-something that will bring a smile to their face – or a WOW to their lips. If you’ve got a film buff on your list, you’re in luck. I’ve got a great list of gift ideas to help you bring a little movie magic to your favorite fan of the silver screen. ...more

Holiday Gift Guide For the DIYer

So you just bought a house and you are going to be doing some work on it. But you own no tools, save one of those tiny kits from IKEA, and have no idea where to begin. Here is a list to get started and pass on to your parents, friends, acquaintances, anyone who might buy you a present this holiday season. In no particular order: ...more

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