Saturday, March 5, 2011
Your guide to finding presents that aren’t clichéd or closet-sitters
Once the flowers start sprouting and the birds start singing, you know it’s getting to be that time of year again — wedding season. Nowadays, couples usually have a registry set up at their favorite department stores, but what if the only things left on it are out of your price range? Maybe you don’t want to be “Aunt Laurie who gave us that ugly toaster.” Perhaps there’s no registry at all and you’d like to make a non-monetary gesture. What, then, is out there that you can buy that won’t ultimately end up at a garage sale? When my husband and I were composing our registry, we never thought to include wedding-related décor or giftware. Someone had to give us a photo album for us to remember we didn’t have one! First, then, I would recommend…
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Ah, the holidays. We all love to open presents, but what happens when what's under the wrapping isn't what we wanted, or worse?
We've all been there. Family gathered around the tree, friends at a get-together, co-workers at a gift exchange, whatever. You pull off the bow, rip through the paper, open the box and, uh oh. First of all, what is it? Then, why? Then, how do I look grateful and poised to have wanted what's inside? You thought your friends knew you. Certainly your family puts more thought into your gift than this. Maybe it was on sale? These are gifts some friends and neighbors came up with when Lake Saint Louis Patch asked, "What was the worst Christmas gift you ever got?" A search of the website somethingawful.com netted a few more bizarre, less thoughtful and much more loathsome gifts from people around the world: And the best one this writer could …
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Make pet care easier for the animal lover.
It may not seem like you're buying gifts for an animal lover when the presents are for the pets, but selections like these can be enjoyed by our furry friends while making their care more convenient. Are your cockatiel's claws too sharp? Is Rex getting too big to share the bed? Get a gift for a friend, and their friends too! Have you ever been out late and missed feeding the dog? It's no problem when you have automatic feeders and water fountains. Pick up a basic water dispenser for $7.49 from PetLand, or an electronic one from Walmart for $37. Walmart also offers a portion-control feeder for $58, so you can make sure your pet always has something to eat, without being overfed. I love to let my cats sleep with me, but every time I …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Misunderstood mini-adults will appreciate these off-the-wall gift ideas even more than cash or gift cards.
It's always tempting to give money to the teenager on your list or wrap up a slew of gift cards in various-sized boxes. But while it's true that cold hard cash is in the one-size-fits-all category, here are several ideas that could trump the temptation to send them off to the mall after the holidays—items that they truly want, might really need and which hopefully won't break the bank.