Great Birthday Gift Idea 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.   Be Creative With Their […]

Sweet Words Make Easy Valentine’s Day Gifts

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”      -Rudyard Kipling   If words are the most powerful drug, then Valentine’s Day is the holiday that knocks us out. Sure, Christmas is the biggest holiday and Halloween and Easter top the list for candy sales.  But you’d be hard-pressed to find another […]

Do This NOW to Rock Valentine’s Day

Last night, I was out with friends and one of the guys was going on and on about how busy he was. He opened up the calendar on his phone, and started rattling off upcoming events: “Speech in LA” [swipe]; “Board meeting in San Diego” [swipe]; “Press conference for a joint venture launch”… On and on […]

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]