Easy and Joyful Holiday Gift Giving: GUARANTEED

Whatever you are doing when you read this, I can pretty much guarantee my 12-year old daughter would like to trade places with you.   Though you may be stuck in traffic or wading through an overstuffed inbox, she is Getting Braces right now.  She’s been dreading this day since she lost her last baby tooth […]

The Spirit of Christmas: Easy Way to Make Your Waiter’s/Waitress’ Day

At lunch yesterday, our waitress and I were talking.  She said while she always appreciates a good tip, it’s even more meaningful when someone takes the time to write “Thank you” on the receipt.  She said it makes her feel great because the person took the time to let her know her service mattered.  She […]

7 Rules Your Mom Never Taught You about Gift Giving

Is my mom helping a 16-month-old me unwrap this gift…or is she racing to finish wrapping it because company was about to arrive? If it was like every other Christmas I can remember, I can guarantee it was the latter. No matter how hard my mom tried, gift wrapping was always just-in-time. Much of what […]

Gotta Get a Gift? Holiday Ideas You Can Put into Action Now

My daughter sat down at breakfast this morning and announced, “FINALLY! I can start counting the days until Christmas using my fingers.” Sure, if you’re a ten-year-old waiting for Santa come, this news IS very exciting. If, however, you are someone who has yet to decorate the tree, bake the cookies and select holiday gifts…panic […]

When Your Ho-Ho-Ho Wants to Go-Go-Go: Reclaim Your Holiday Joy

This is Gabriella. Actually, her full name is Gabriella the Gift Goddess. (Technically, I don’t know that her name is Gabriella…but it could be. I wondered if her name might be Lola, but I have a friend Lola and she’s blond, so I had a hard time getting past that.) I love this picture for […]

Say It Ain’t So: 3 out of 4 People Won’t Like Their Holiday Gifts

  Nearly 3 in 4 people (71% to be exact) won’t like the holiday gift you give them this season.  At least that’s the headline from the results of a holiday survey done by Rakuten Marketing.* I can’t believe this is true.  How can it be that the majority of holiday gifts won’t be liked?  […]

Shake it Off: Stress-free Holiday Gift Tips Courtesy of Taylor Swift

I never thought I would ever utter this sentence—let alone type it!—but Taylor Swift can teach us all something about gift giving. In case you missed it, in between non-stop promotion of her album “1989” and imploring us to “Shake it Off,” Taylor sent PERSONALIZED Christmas gifts to some of her most loyal fans.  She […]