Gift Guides

How to Ask for Cash (or Gift Certificates) for Christmas

How to Ask for Cash (or Gift Certificates) for Christmas

We've all been there. December 26: The carpet beneath the unlit tree is bare (except for those fallen, dried-out pine needles), the last of the holiday feast is confined to tinfoil in the fridge, and you're stuck with an over-sized sweater, tube socks, and a pre-packaged Christmas cookie gift box wondering if you should have just asked for cash. If you're saving up for something special, have a store you'd love to shop from, or just know that your friends and family don't really get your taste, the answer is yes. It's okay to ask for cash, or gift certificates, as long as you do it with class and follow a few etiquette guidelines...
Gift Lab: Jingle All the Way

Gift Lab: Jingle All the Way

Kayla: I was so excited when Kim told me that we would playing the recorder for Gift Lab. In the fourth grade I had a recorder and even though I have no recent practice at all, I thought it would be a fun experience to live out childhood memories from a long time ago. Kim: This could potentially be an epic failure, because I have no recollection of how to do this. I do, however, think it will be hilarious.
How to Make a Gift Bag

How to Make a Gift Bag

I tend to procrastinate when it comes to gift wrapping. I purchase the gifts I want to give and stuff them under the bed or on a shelf in the closet until right before Christmas. Then, while I'm fantasizing about radiantly glazed holiday hams and sweetly spiced rivers of eggnog, I'm also faced with making a pile of presents bright and giftable. Those odd shaped, extra-uncommon gifts pose a particular challenge. I suppose I could skip the fancy wrap and just stick bows on things that don't pack up pretty. Or, I could put any asymmetrical or otherwise un-rectangular products in big boxes stuffed with lots of tissue paper, then wrap them. I go with option three--a fancy gift bag...
How to find a gift for your best friend

How to find a gift for your best friend

When Twitter Giveaway Winner Jodie Evans received her $500 gift certificate, she knew just what to get her best friend. And that's how best friends are. When you know someone so closely, it's easy to find that perfect gift. So rather than let me tell you what you should get your best friend, let me call out 8 of our favorite gifts that symbolize what a great friendship is all about.
Best New Gifts of 2011

Best New Gifts of 2011

When people ask me, "What makes something an uncommon good?" I typically explain that it's a product with a unique, unexpected or additional element of creative design. It's an item that is remarkable in that, "We haven't seen anything quite like this before" or, "Who would have thought of that?" or "I'm sure I haven't seen this anyplace else." Or, another way to explain this, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart might say, "I know it when I see it."