The Spirit of Giving!

How do you buy a gift? Oh, I bet it varies. It depends on who the gift is for, right? Well, let us back up a bit. What is a GIFT? ...more

Hostess Gift Guide

Have You Created Something That Is a Great Gift - and Do You Sell It?

If you created something that would make a great gift, here’s your chance to promote it for free on my gift giving blog, Quips and Tips for Giving Gifts! How will you promote, describe, advertise your product? By writing an article about it for my gift giving blog. The idea behind Quips and Tips for Giving Gifts is to help readers buy the right gifts for the right people – gifts that will be appreciated and valued! After all, what feels better than knowing you gave the best gift ever?...more

Smartbox Gift Boxes for Mother's Day and Father's Day

Looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day?  Smartbox is a website that is perfect for thinking outside the box (pun intended) when it comes to gift buying. They have over 3300 activities and destinations under five different themes to choose from: Adventure, Spa, Discovery, Zagat-rated Restaurants and Hotels....more

Make Infused Sugars for a Little Spice to Everyday Life

Sweeten up your culinary style by creating your own infused sugars. Sprinkle them on fresh baked cookies and pies or use them in place of plain sugar in coffees and teas! ...more

I particularly love the idea of rosemary sugar. I am already imagining it in lemonade and ...more

Creative Gift Ideas for Your Best Friends' Birthdays

Traditional gifts don’t always cut it for the girls who have been most important in your life. TAKER HER OUT FOR A GIRLS NIGHT ON THE TOWN...more

Why You Should Make Presents for Your Kids

Pa made the wheat wall hanging with Grandpa, so the story goes. A few years ago, he made my sister a wooden box for her chess pieces then asked what I would like him to make for me. I asked for wheat like the wall hanging he had. ...more

The eagle is gorgeous, the time he must have spent on that... The bookends are such a ...more

The Most Expensive Time of The Year

It’s that time of year when my inner-childlike wonder gets mocked by commercialism and stuffed in a stocking with fear. I love the holidays because I have an inexplicable love of holiday songs, things that are flocked and glittered, people singing together, meals that start and end with cookies, and the fact that it’s okay to kiss a hot stranger just because someone hung a twig....more

Clutter-less Gift Giving

Let's face it, December is an expensive time of year! This is my first Christmas season as a single mom so needless to say, I've been thinking about the cost of gift giving a bit more this year. I've actually even been considering craft-type gifts for those on my list and trust me, I'm not a craft person. With a little bit of thought, I'm going to try to keep my spending and clutter-giving Christmas to a minimum this year....more

I like the idea of delaying an expense this way but in general I feel a majority of people have ...more