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Father's Day Gift Pick: Organic Home Beer Brewing Kit

Dad gets bragging rights for brewing up his own beer. Credit: Seven Bridges Cooperative
If being the resident grillmaster isn't enough for your DIY dad, add brewmaster to his list of credentials, and watch as he quenches his thirst with a...

Father's Day Gift Idea: Fair Trade Soccer Balls

Kick it out of the stadium with this year's Father's Day gift. Credit: Fair Trade Sports
Goooaaalll! Is your dad wrapped up in World Cup fever? If he's like many of the dads we know, he's probably in a fútbol frenzy this week. Lucky...

Father's Day Gift Idea: Recycled Tie Wallets

Knot not required. Credit: Narwhal Co.
This is not your father's necktie. Oh wait -- it may actually be your father's necktie. But with a twist. Narwhal breathes new life into gently-used vintage neckties by recycling them into men's wallets...

Father's Day Gift Idea: Earth-Friendly Solar Backpack

Sun-tastic! A Voltaic solar bag. Credit: Voltaic Systems
Whether the dad in your life is a road warrior or a weekend warrior, a Voltaic solar bag is the perfect gift to help him stay connected wherever he lands. Available in a range of styles...

School's Out for Summer: Hot Gifts For Teacher

A classic children's story book with a personalized note is priceless. Credit: Amazon
Looking to earn an "A" when it comes to picking out an end-of-year gift for your child's teacher? With these creative and thoughtful ideas, you'll be at the...

Knot So Fast

Green is good. Credit: Lush Cosmetics
For the green mom in your life, we found a mothers day service to help her indulge and pamper, guilt-free. Lush Cosmetics will let you select any of the lovely bath and beauty products on their site...

No-Gift Birthday Parties

It is birthday season at our house and our eldest will soon turn nine. He has been planning his party for a month, and already knows the theme (Lego) and the menu (pizza), but this birthday he's been begging for something else, too: "Could my...

The Art of Writing Santa Letters

'Tis the season when Cabin Fever begins receiving frantic phone calls from grandparents. "What do the kids want for gifts this year?" In fact, the unspoken question is: "What gifts do you want us to get the kids this year?" Or more specifically,...

The Gift You Always Wanted, Now for the Kids!

There's always that one gift you just knew would be under the Christmas tree or the Hanukkah bush, but somehow it never showed. Instead of pining for what could have been, get it for the kids! We talked to the parents over at CafeMom to find out...

Father's Day Fun - Links We Love

It's time to get ready for Father's Day! Photo: sxc.hu
Got a stepfather to buy for this Father's Day? Or maybe an ex that your kids need to shop for? Here are some helpful hints when shopping for stepfamily. -- Divine Caroline
He makes a...

Mother's Day - Good, Bad and Very Ugly

You know what says Happy Mother's Day? Flowers. Not a guinea pig. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu. Guys, here's a tip: Graciously "giving" the mother of your children time alone with the kids is probably not the best way to tell her how much you...

Mother's Day Gifts, Crafts and Fun - Links We Love

Sentimental and one-of-a-kind, personalized jewelry is always makes a great Mother's Day gift. Celebrity Baby Blog has some cute and trendy choices. Daughters and sons look up to their moms, and with these Mommy and Me gifts, they can look like...

Great Gifts that Won't Bust Your Budget

May calendars should come with a warning message, something like, Caution! Overspending Potential: High. It's snow-cone season at the ball field. Kids need extra money for end-of-school parties. And, in addition to the usual lot of birthday and baby...

Valentine's Day - Family Affair or Over-Celebration Nation?

After every ad for flowers, chocolate and sweet romantic moments, my wonderful, tragically unromantic husband laughs boldly and whispers: "Sucka!" He actually can be romantic, he just doesn't like to be told to be romantic. By Hallmark. So the...

Worst Stocking Stuffers

As mentioned in the Best Stocking Stuffer post, buying gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or Hanukkah, stocking stuffer variety or otherwise, can be a real chore. What should be fun and festive becomes harder and harder each year, to the point...

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