Lunchtime Poll: Your Top 5 List of Ideal Gifts

With the holidays upon us, there is a lot of talk about not only gift-giving and gift-receiving, but also about the gifts we would like to receive, whether or not they’er realistic. I have a running list of these. My top five are as follows:

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Lunchtime Poll: Christmas Present Backfires

I can be a little overbearing when it comes to Christmas presents. When I am on my game, I can and will find the one thing that will make the recipient of the gift weep tears of joy. Gift giving is a competitive sport for me, and I will try my best to win the “thoughtfulness” game. Christmas elf Leslie Knope would probably agree with me. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Christmas Present Backfires

Lunchtime Poll: Gift Giving or Get-Togethers

My wife’s family and my own are polar opposites when it comes to gift giving and special occasions. My family believes it’s not the cost when it comes to gift giving, but the thought and effort put into it. On the other hand, my wife’s family is more concerned with being there with said family than any gift giving at all. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Gift Giving or Get-Togethers

Etiquette: ‘Tis Harder To Give Than To Receive

I hate gift giving. I really, really do. Call me a Scrooge with a capital “SCROOGE” if you like, but giving gifts is complicated. Especially in a world where people have just about everything they want.

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Ask the Editors: Gift Ideas for a New Person in your Life

Dear Editors: So, I’ve just started dating a guy. Yay! Christmas is coming, which means gifts. I’ve only been seeing him a little while. What are some good small, hey, you’re cool, but we’ve only been dating a month, gifts? Read More Ask the Editors: Gift Ideas for a New Person in your Life

Last Minute Gifts That Don’t Suck

I see you.  You’re the one who hasn’t even started doing the holiday gift shopping.  For some of you, it’s a challenge.  Like the devotees of Black Friday, you like doing your shopping on Christmas Eve with all those other panicked souls, digging through the last of the George Foreman grills and the <insert local sports team here> memorabilia.  Read More Last Minute Gifts That Don’t Suck

How To (Thoughtfully) Give the Gift of Charity

There is likely at least one person in your life, whether it be parent or spouse or child, who is and always will be impossible to shop for. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to think of a creative, meaningful gift that won’t just wind up in languishing in these people’s gift-vortex basements. They will often protest, “Just don’t get me anything!,” but their sincerity is questionable, as is one’s own resolve to buy grandma jack when you know she’s going to give you something really nice. Read More How To (Thoughtfully) Give the Gift of Charity