Grown-up Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Nutella)

As I typed the title of this post, it struck me that it could just as well be called “The Season (for) Forgiving” and would be equally apt, considering the usual stresses/regrets/insecurities/excesses that accompany this time of year. But that’s a negative way of looking at things, and who needs Negativity in the week leading up to Christmas?...more

Stumped on what to give this year? Try these ideas.

Ah, holiday shopping. Whether you have 10 people to buy for, or one, it’s never quite as easy as you expect it to be. For all the items that are plug and play on your Amazon list or in and out of the store, there are just as many that leave you clueless, running around town from store to store, begging your mom or sister for more ideas as each idea becomes a bust....more

Christmas Gluttony?

It seems that as the kids get older, the presents they want get smaller and smaller, but the price keeps going up! Of course, most of what my kids want is technology based. They want iPods and computers, video games and game consoles, etc...My problem is this- If I give them what they want now, knowing that they're still too young to really appreciate it, what the heck am I going to give them next year? Or the year after that? Or when they're teenagers?...more

Motivational Holiday Decor Gifts for under $20 from The Art Whisperer

Sunday, December 5, 2010 The Art Whisperer. Questions for Tiffany Michelle, The Art Whisperer & Creator of Artist Adventure...What inspires you?  My inspiration comes from the success stories of underdogs who win with surprising tactics and the power of their own personal bel...more

Hot Gifts Under $30

  Despite the dozens of times I exclaim “what a great gift idea!” when shopping throughout the year, I struggle to remember a single one of these ideas when I actually need them.  Here are a some of my fave finds under $30 that I think deserve an honorable mention this holiday season. http://mamaneedsmaintenance.com/?p=190    ...more

Loving gift cards as I get older

I'll admit I may have misjudged the awesomeness of gift cards when I was younger, and I'm guessing there are probably a couple of bloggers out there who might still feel the same way. "They're uncreative," I would sigh, as I fretted about what the heck to get someone for Christmas....more

The Super Cheap, Ultra Quick, Done-in-Five-Minutes Gift. (Plus Prizes!)

'Tis the season to be stressed, fa la la la la, la la la......la....more

The Best Websites for Gifts

Are you always envious of people who come up with creative gift ideas? I am. I'm horrible at figuring out what to give people for Christmas. As a consequence I generally put it off until the last minute and make selections out of desperation....more

Making Christmas Gifts With Pictures

Finding suitable Christmas gifts for all of our family members is always a challenge. A few years ago my husband and I decided to try putting together calendars and albums with pictures of the boys to give as gifts to the grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was a success, and now it is our staple gift every year for family. Now that the boys are a little older we involve them in the picture projects with us....more

Great Gifts Less Than $10 for Tweens

Yikes! Holiday is almost here and I'm not done shopping. Time to pull out the cheat sheet. In my day job, I spend the year hunting for the best gifts for kids in each grade, from preschool through high school. This year, we decided to pick the best gifts that cost under $10. If you're feeling thrifty this season, check it out. Here are three great picks for tweens that will only set you back a ten-note or less: ...more

Hi Leighbra,

Thanks for the comments! Agreed. Shopping for kids this age can be scary. ...more