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Lunchtime Poll

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 […]

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Lunchtime Poll

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 […]

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Ladyguides

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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Perspectives

The Gift Of Receiving

How often have you heard the aphorism, “it’s better to give than to receive?” Well, I’ve heard it a lot, and I must beg to differ. I think they are equally wonderful, but receiving has gotten too bad of a rap.

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Ask the Editors

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?

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Ladyguides

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 […]

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Ladyguides

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. […]

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Gift Guide

Aunt Sally’s Holiday Guide for Nieces and Nephews: The School-Agers

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all come and gone. And my shopping list hasn’t gotten any shorter, has yours? I will also admit, I’ve written these guides in order of simplicity – in the grand scheme of things, babies, toddlers and preschoolers will forget  about whatever you give them a few […]

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Gift Guide

Aunt Sally’s Holiday Guide to Nieces and Nephews: Baby’s First Christmas

If your niece or nephew is celebrating a First Christmas, congratulations! There is nothing more fun than involving children in Christmas traditions, and what’s great is that your family has a few years to experiment with what traditions they’d like, because kids don’t remember their first few holidays anyway!