I Smell Presents! Why Birthday Traditions Matter More than Ever

Like many traditions, I don’t remember when this one started. It was at least 10 years ago, though it could have been longer. I have a foggy memory of wanting to slow down the unwrapping of birthday gifts to make the sensation last a little bit longer, though maybe it was because my kids had […]

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 […]

Gift Happens: Avoid the Four Most Common Gift Giving Mistakes

People don’t set out to give lousy gifts, but gift happens. “I need a birthday gift for my sister who I’m super close to.  I’m looking for something that she will hate, that irritates her every time she thinks about it, and I want to waste a bunch of money in the process.  Can you […]

5 Ways Sharing Gift Ideas Makes YOU Happier

You know that little happy dance you do when you find that perfect gift for someone?   It’s that mix of “She is gonna LOVE it!” and “I wish her birthday would hurry up and get here!!!”   When the person finally opens the gift, it’s like a confetti blast of happiness rains down—on both […]

BOO! Send Someone Special a Few Halloween Treats

I don’t think of Halloween as a “gifting” holiday.  Maybe if you go to a party, a hostess gift…but otherwise, it’s about costumed kids racing around to as many houses as they possibly can, to get as much candy as they can.  After which, they unceremoniously dump their loot on the floor and feverishly count and sort […]

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 […]

Gifts that Keep on Giving: 40 Special Wishes for a Special Person turning 40

I love gifts that keep on giving.  You don’t just get a megadose of happy, you get lots and lots of doses of happy spread out over time.  It’s kind of like the difference between getting a beautiful delivery of flowers vs. getting beautiful flowers every month for six months.   I also love milestone […]

Great Gift Giving Begins in Middle School

I was dropping my sixth-grade daughter off at school recently when she said something she has never, ever said before:   “I’m SOOOO excited for school today.”   So excited?  For school???   REALLY?  She usually tries to convince me she shouldn’t have to go, so something was definitely up.   When I asked why she […]

Here’s What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

A friend said she needed to get a birthday gift for someone and didn’t have a clue where to start because the person had “everything”—fancy house; sports car; a wine collection to make a connoisseur weep. Making matters worse, my friend is someone with limited financial means and felt there was no way she could […]