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The biggest gift of all

Ellie has recently shown an intense fascination with her own babyhood, so we spent a good chunk of this past weekend strolling down memory lane. We brought out the photo albums and videos and settled in to reminisce about days gone by. Many of the...

Gifts for everyone!

It is that time of year again - Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is mere weeks away and Christmas is right around the corner. Before things get too hectic, now is a good time to start thinking about gifts for all those special people in your...

Guy Ritchie vows to celebrate Christmas with his kids

Soon to be divorcee Guy Ritchie has some non-Kabbalah plans for his children this holiday season. According to sources, the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director plans on celebrating Christmas with kids Lourdes, Rocco and David this year....

Birthday gifts for boys under $20

The other day, Bethany Sanders offered up some suggestions for inexpensive gifts for girls. Being a guy, I thought I'd chime in with some thoughts on some cool gifts for boys, just in case you're not quite sure what it is that little boys like these...

How to spot a really cool Father's Day gift

It seems to me that the best kind of gift is something that is totally cool but also totally unnecessary. Clothes are definitely a necessity; they're no fun to get. The same goes with ordinary tools-of-the-trade sort of thing, even if they're for a...

What Dad really wants for Father's Day

Think that Dad wants a big, fancy present for Father's Day? Think again. According to a recent survey by Discover Card, what Dad really wants is a nice dinner out and something handmade by Mom or the kids. Dads also reported wanting:
gift cards
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Tips for raising charitable children

Do you give? When are were you taught to do so as a child? Do your children? But, how exactly do we create a culture of giving in the home? It doesn't start the way I think about it--that scene from Mommy Dearest where Mommy makes Christina give...

What do you do on Valentine's Day?

According to a survey conducted by Yahoo!, people spend nearly $200 on Valentine's Day gifts. That's $200 that could be spent on new tires for the minivan or a digital camera or even savings for college. Rachel and I have been together for nearly...

Bad Gift Emporium

For my son's first Christmas, my husband got Nate some Chinese medicine balls. You know, two steel balls in a case that make a nice sound when you swirl them around each other? Yeah. That's right. I said STEEL balls. Great gift for a baby. The best...

What do you do with gift cards?

For my birthday, I got a gift certificate for Amazon.com. I immediately went to the site and picked out half a dozen or so CD's from my wishlist and ordered them. They included some Dixieland Jazz, an album of Zydeco, some folk music, a bit of...

Holiday craft party

One of the parents from Jared's preschool organized a craft party at her home yesterday. The idea was to let the kids make some gifts, have some fun, and keep them busy for a bit. We arrived a bit late (the kids had their acrobatics classes) so we...

Secret Store

Sara's preschool hosted an interesting event for the kids this past weekend. All the kids brought home paper bags the week before to decorate and mark with names of family members. Families were also instructed to bring in half a dozen or so small...

Miss Manners: kids shouldn't donate their birthday money to charity

There's a trend afoot amongst affluent suburban families. Parents who are trying to interest their kids in philanthropy and/or lesson the extent to which their homes are crammed with toys, are holding gift-free birthday parties. The idea is to have...

Gift guide by the ages: Newborn/baby shower

Birthdays. Everybody has one. They also have holidays and all sorts of special occasions where it seems a gift is needed. If you're anything like me, it is easy to get overwhelmed and just want to run out and get a gift card. While I certainly like...

What do you want for your birthday?

It was my birthday yesterday. I asked my husband (I am so not kidding) for a new vacuum cleaner. We have a Hoover that I hate. Every time I start using it, the belt slips off the rollers and it starts spewing dust. So, I have to go and find the...

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