With just a few days remaining the countdown to Christmas has begun. For those of you who haven't even started shopping (you know who you are) the pressure on. So is the temptation to just give in and become a big spender. Giving has turned into a status statement and it need not become that, especially in our heavily indebted consumer era.
It is important to me that I share topics with you that I think are relevant. Since this is the BIG gift giving time for parents, it occurs to me that I have been the recipient of a variety of humorous and many wonderful gifts as a teacher over the years.
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Santa's got it easier this year as we point our consensus engine technology at the chaos of consumerism and look for the products that people are ranting about most from all across the Web, social media and more.
Who needs the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Making gifts for your family is a whole lot more fun and personal. Not to mention all the green you'll save, monetarily and environmentally speaking.
You're making your list and checking it twice, but do you know what's in the toys you're stuffing in those stockings?
In a season marked by giving, I love the idea of giving back to our community and our planet.
It's officially holiday shopping season, and you have about three weeks to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here are 12 great gift ideas, in a variety of price points, for the health-conscious friend or family member in your life.
With the holiday season fast approaching, everyone is scrambling to purchase the perfect present. But fret not! Fun and education can mix and not break the bank.
How can families enjoy the holiday when there is more concern about the time during that one and only day rather than what would truly work for both the children and the parents?
If you're looking to spread joy at home and around the world this holiday season, there's no gray area when it comes to the many ways these stylish items are making a difference.
I admit that I'm a hard-to-buy-for Mama, usually offering few suggestions of what I'd like for the holidays. But ask me what I want for the kids, I can instantly rhyme off gifts for my entire brood. This is often the case with us Mamas who put our families first, and ourselves last. So I've decided to make a wish list for the Holidays, and cease being the difficult one this year.
I'm already savouring the books I plan to dive into this holiday season as much as the wines I'll enjoy. Just for fun, I've paired some of this season's bestsellers with this season's best cellars. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) Let's drink to the marriage of wine and words!
These gifts are all made from something that obviously used to be something else. To boost the good-cheer factor, they're not just upcycled -- they also help someone, somewhere, rise above poverty.
Plan to do your holiday shopping from a hotel gift shop? Only if your friends are really into shot glasses, horribly tacky t-shirts and tiny packets of Advil. Or, unless you plan to be at some of the best hotels in the world (as seen below), whose shops double as well-curated boutiques.
During this time of financial turmoil, few of us are writing checks with the same frequency and the same number of zeroes as when we feel secure in our jobs and flush in our retirement accounts. Even if you can't give money, that doesn't mean you can't give back.