It seems like plantable note cards, gift tags, and even ornaments have been ubiquitous the past couple of years. I think it's a great idea, and now I'm happy to know how to make something similar on my own. Giver's Log, a blog all about creative gift giving, has a tutorial on how to make "Seed Tape." It's the same […]
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One of my all time favorite gifts for a new baby is the “Boogaloo” Doll by Bla Bla Kids. Aside from the absurdly cute name, I love giving Boogaloos because they’re the softest, most whimsical, lovable little knitted creatures – and not only does the mother usually love them, but the baby does too! I think it has to do with how cozy/soft/squishy they are, but the little munchkins just won’t let the Boogaloos out of their tiny grasps.
We’ve all gotten a gift we didn’t love. Maybe it’s not your size. Maybe it’s not your style. Maybe you’ve got a gift-giving occasion coming up (are there any of those coming up?) and you’re short a gift, and you’re thinking of paying your gift forward. Literally. Don’t be shy. A lot of people re-gift—about 1 in 3, according to a Consumer Reports holiday poll. I’ve definitely done it. I once received a really nice wine bottle opener, but I already had one just like it. Ta da—a housewarming gift! Re-gifting isn’t entirely evil, as long as you follow a few basic rules of conduct.
Shopping, I mean? Are all your presents bought, wrapped, and nestled snugly under your tree? (Or hidden someplace where Snoopy McSnoopers can’t find them?) Of course they are…unless you’re like 52 percent of Americans who still need to finish their gift-hunting, or 24 percent who (gasp) haven’t even started yet, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey. If you’re one of the (apparently) many who are still twirling from store to store in a last-minute panic, here are some tips to keep your wallet from self-combusting.
My husband and I used to go hog wild during the holidays. If I saw something I thought he’d like, I bought it. If he saw something he thought I’d like, he bought it. It wasn’t a very money-sound situation. Last year, we decided to set a limit—we were each allowed to spend up to (but not more than) a certain amount on the other one, and we’d spend the rest of our family gift budget on something we could both enjoy, like a home theater system or a weekend away.
When I was in college, I lived with four roommates. Instead of giving each other holiday gifts, we pooled our money each year to adopt a local family in need. Two of my roommates shopped for things on the family’s wish list, and we wrapped and delivered their gifts. I thought it was a great tradition—instead of receiving some tchotchke that I probably didn’t need, I felt that we were able to do something meaningful.