2012 HOLIDAYS

Keep kids engaged and occupied during holiday shopping trips

Holiday shopping with kids can be fun. Kids enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them along on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters. But bringing the little ones along on a holiday shopping trip also can be tricky, as kids can easil...

Help college students this holiday season

College is a time when many students form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime. College is also a time when students learn to stretch a dollar, and the right gift come the holiday season can have a big impact on a college student's life. The following are a few gift ideas that may h...

Holiday giving for special needs kids

Everyone wants to get the perfect gifts for people on their holiday shopping lists. Shopping for a child with special needs can make gift-giving a bit more difficult. After all, buyers want to ensure the gift is practical as well as thoughtful. However, there are many great gift ideas for special...

Easy ways to be 'green' for the holidays

While the holiday season is a time of joy, giving and religious reflection, it also can be a time of excess. Holiday parties, meals brimming with more food than the average person can consume, wrapping paper tossed aside after minimal usage, and shoppers venturing for miles in cars in search of p...

Prevent lost children while holiday shopping

The only thing scarier during the holidays than the tally on a credit card bill come January is the idea of a child getting lost or abducted while out shopping. Safety tips can keep children by your side or help caregivers find kids fast should they wander off. These are a busy few months ...

The right age to gift children mobile phones

Gadgets often top the list of desired gifts for the holiday season. Adults and children alike fawn over the latest technology, and giving a loved one a new phone, portable video game console, tablet or e-reader for the holidays is sure to please. When gifting children with the latest tech ...

Has gift wrapping become a lost art?

Have we become a society that is too busy for gift wrap? When a birthday arrives or the holidays come around in full force, where do most people turn? To the ultra-convenient gift bag, that's where. Gift bags have largely taken over the party aisles at most stores, where rows and rows of g...

Ideas for the challenges on your holiday gift list

(MS) -- Giving gifts is a holiday tradition, but sometimes friends and family who maintain, renovate and build can pose special gifting challenges. To find gifts for these folks and others on your gift list, check out the Woodcraft suggestions below. Tools for the Big Jobs * Rockwel...

Gift basket ideas

An easy way to add a bit of fun to a holiday gift is by giving it a theme and creating a gift basket. This ups the presentation value a bit and allows you to tie a common thread through a series of smaller gifts, creating one basket full of great goodies for a special person in your life. ...

Safety should be a holiday tradition, too

Celebrants and shoppers annually spend billions of dollars during the holiday season. With so much money exchanging hands, it is imperative for shoppers and revelers to use caution to avoid incidents that can put a damper on such a festive time of year. Though many people who look forward ...