Presents

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

For A Happy Valentine's Day, Forget The Romance

Rachel Scott | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

You heard me. Set romance aside with all of its ideas about candlelit dinners and flowers. Think about what you love to do. Rock climbing? Great! Museum-crawling? Delightful! Let go of the traditional and think outside the box.

A Night Of Generosity Taught Me The Joy Of Giving

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I've heard it said that "it's better to give than receive," and I've always joked that that couldn't possibly be true. Yes, I give. I give generously, but I have never experienced such an incredible joy from making someone feel special for a few hours.

Holiday Gift Ideas For Every Kind Of Host

Sari Friedman | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Tis' the season of get-togethers. Whether you are invited to a holiday lunch at your in-laws or to a cocktail party with your best friends, nothing says gracious guest quite as well as bringing along the perfect thank-you gift.

Tips For A Cheap And Cheerful Holidays

David Lester | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Business
David Lester

It's officially December now and I have no idea what to get anyone for Christmas or how much it'll cost. Everyone should be getting ready to be merry and jolly, but I'm banging my head on the wall thinking of what everyone wold love without breaking the bank.

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

10 Hot Gifts to Put Under the Tree This Year

Jenna Em | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Christmas is a time for traditions, togetherness, recounting memories of Christmas past, and of building new memories. However, Christmas also includes an undeniable commercial element! With just over one week until Christmas, here are some 2013 Hot Gift suggestions that will make Holiday shopping simple for the young and old on your list!

Man, I Really Hate Wrapping Presents

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Well, here it is, Christmas again, and that means...wrapping. Horrid, never-turns-out-right-no-matter-how-careful-calm-and-HAPPY-you-are-about-it wrapping. I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

Top 10 Gifts for Mother's Day 2013!

Jenna Em | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

If your mom is like mine, she's pretty great and deserves to be remembered and honoured on Mother's Day! Looking back, my mom was always gracious wit...

Should Mothers Get Presents Post-Birth?

Karen Cleveland | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The concept of the "push present" is sweeping delivery rooms all over North America. Notionally, I get it. A proud new father witnesses the love of his life enduring the miracle of birth and wants to give her something nice for her hardship/efforts/bravery/magic. But are push presents now a thing?

Some of the Best Mother's Day Presents Can't Be Bought

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Instead of telling you what gifts you want for this Mother's Day, we thought we would instead show you three of the seventeen gifts you already have! As you open up those homemade cards and eat burnt toast in bed, take a moment to think about all the little things--the smiles, the hugs and the freshly picked bouquet of dandelions.

Cute Puppies Play With Presents, Make Mess

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Living

Who wouldn't want a box of puppies for Christmas? We're not sure what we love more: the stunning decorations or adorable puppies unleashed on this...