10 Ways to Make Gift Giving Interesting

Image Credit:123RF Unfоrtunаtеlу, thе gift-giving part of thе hоlіdауѕ оftеn contributes a big раrt of thе stress mоѕt реорlе fееl durіng the season.A lot of fаmіlіеѕ ѕаvе mоnеу bу doing gіft exchanges іn whісh еvеrу person buys a gіft for juѕt one реrѕоn, rаthеr than everyone іn thе whоlе fаmіlу. Nаmеѕ are drаwn, a budgеt is ѕеt, аnd gifts are рurсhаѕеd....more

Your Voice Is Music To My Ears

Your Voice is Music to My Ears“Our culture changes at an astounding velocity, so we must change or pay a price for remaining the same. “   (Edmundson, Mark.  Why Read?)...more

Gift-Giving: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Giving gifts is an act fraught with significance and anxiety.(1) How much should I spend? Will the person re-gift this? How the hell do I wrap and ship a live goat?(2)Never fear. Here are some tips on what to do, what to avoid, and how to make sure your gift is really special.The Good. My husband, Dan, is the best gift-giver I know. His strategy is to follow me discreetly around a mall or exhibit hall, note what I ooh and ahh over, and sneak back to buy it.(3)...more

How to Make Your Spouse a Better Gift Giver

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Or, as I like to call it, that special day of the year when countless women will be pining away for the perfect gift, only to end up bitter and disappointed when it fails to meet their sky-high expectations.Isn’t there a better way?...more

Christmas Gift Fails

I’m crap at Christmas presents. Well, that’s not exactly true. I actually enjoy buying stuff for people. It satisfies my second-X-chromosome connected need to shop, neatly combining it with my equally second-X-chromosome-connected need to please other people. And I delight in finding gifts that match people, I really do. There’s a kind of creative satisfaction in it. Don’t ever get me started on the whole ‘just give them a gift card’ copout… which is only marginally better than the ‘ask them what they want’ scenario....more

Build a stockpile for a year's worth of giving

You may have been all wrapped up in the many sales going on over the past week maybe you even saved or holding out for better deals. Well there are no better deals than what' s already in your own home.  Here are a few ways to use what you have on hand along with  a few other inexpensive items to build a gift stockpile....more

T2B's Father's Day Gift Ideas

It’s time to show your main guy how special he is and how much you appreciate all that he does for your kids, your family financially and to help around the house.  Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower him with gifts, kisses and…a little more! ...more

The Christmas Present Pile-Up: How Do You Avoid Buying Too Much?

I have always been of the idea that Christmas should be an over-indulgent, gaudy, extravagant holiday. What can I say? I love to give. ...more
I think what is much more important than gifts are the traditions you create as a family to give ...more

Channelling Our Inner Oprah

Recently I heard a story that made me think of what it would be like to be Oprah.My friends were about to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. His son and family live in London so they don’t get to see much of one another. A few days before the anniversary, the son called my friends and said he had prepared a big surprise for them. He had arranged for a limo to pick them up and take them to a five star restaurant in Chicago. The son had made all the arrangements for the special celebration....more

Are You An Expert Gift Giver?

Does anyone else buy gifts largely based on the recipient's ease of returning said gift?...more