The most delicious part of Hanukkah is latkes -- potato pancakes fried in sizzling oil. They are easy to make and are most typically served with sour cream and apple sauce. But there are other variations as well. We'll start with a basic recipe and then learn about some tasty twists on the … [Read more...] about Celebrate Hanukkah with traditional latkes, plus tasty twists
Budget-friendly last-minute gifts can shine – if they’re chosen thoughtfully and presented beautifully. This year, with almost everyone plugged into some device or other, portable rechargers are a good bet. Amazon has many options, starting at around $5. Amazon ships orders totaling more than $35 … [Read more...] about 9 cheap but thoughtful last-minute gifts
When it comes time to choose holiday gifts, there are times you just don't want to buy any more things. Yet, you want to share joy, make your friends and family happy and give them a thoughtful gift that they will enjoy all year. There is a way to do that. Memberships in museums or botanical … [Read more...] about 10 thoughtful gifts that keep on giving
I enjoy few things more than creating and giving homemade gifts. So many different types of foods, such as quick breads, cookies, candy and drink mixes, lend themselves to giving. But giving a soup mix to someone who may not have the desire to cook for himself can be a wonderful gift to warm both … [Read more...] about Homemade soup gifts will warm the heart
Frugal shoppers often wonder if they can give a used item as a gift. The answer is yes, but there are caveats: The gift must be a good value or an heirloom, and the recipient must be OK with it. I have given and received used presents. Several years ago, my husband bought me a secondhand Aeron … [Read more...] about Is it ever OK to give used presents?
Shopping, baking, decorating, cards and letters, parties, family gatherings. The holidays can make us crazy. These may be tasks we don’t have the time -- and sometimes the heart -- to perform. So what’s the solution? Invoke the “sanity clause,” says Andrea Van Steenhouse, a Denver psychologist and … [Read more...] about On the holiday cliff? Invoke the ‘sanity clause’
When I was growing up, each of the six siblings in my family bought each other and our parents a Christmas gift. Because five of us had birthdays in December or early January, we also bought five birthday gifts. Buying 11 or 12 gifts, plus another handful for friends, didn’t seem so bad. The … [Read more...] about Can you be the first one to say ‘no gifts’?
As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, we often are filled with a sense of dread: How will we ever find the perfect gift for everyone on our list, the time to finish our shopping and the money to pay for all the stuff we need to buy? Some Americans are saving money and sanity by changing … [Read more...] about How to end the exchange of useless holiday junk
No matter what you do, December is a pricey month for most people. Not only are you buying gifts for the holidays but you may have to spend on food, travel costs, holiday parties and Secret Santa at work. You might even have the added challenge of shopping for someone who has everything. If … [Read more...] about How to holiday shop for people who have everything
If you or your loved ones are on a budget or a fixed income, ignore the inclination to exchange sweaters and ties this year, and makeover your holiday gift giving with practical presents. Don't worry -- we're not talking about tube socks and toothbrushes. Each of the following are wonderful for … [Read more...] about 6 useful holiday gifts to give or get