The Other Gift-Giving Season

Most of us think of December as the big gift-giving season of the year. But there is another

14 Mother’s Day Gifts to Fit Every Budget

Since Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, and since I’m a mom and many of

What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

I’ve never been a school teacher, but I’ve been a parent. I wish I’d known years ago what

16 Gifts College Students Want

Stressed out because you just don’t know what to give that 20-something or college student on your holiday

Best Homemade Gifts Under $10

If you have more time than money this Holiday Season—or just prefer to give and receive homemade gifts—here are

The Best $10 Gifts

Check the calendar. We’re moving into “Crunch Time”—those three months before Christmas when some of us have a tendency to panic

19 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Mom

Since Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away and since I have a

Great Cookbooks for Kitchen Newbies


Dear Mary: My young grandson is getting married soon, and neither he nor his fiance can cook. Could you please

Gifts in a Jar


It’s been 18 years since we published the very first reader-tip for Sand Art Cookies in Debt-Proof

Holiday Shopping Guide for Whole Family Gifts


Whether your family tree is a small sapling or a mighty oak, it can get spendy to buy an

Our EC 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide!


Don’t panic. Father’s Day is a week from Sunday. You still have time to get ready but you need

How Much for Gifts?

Dear Mary,

What percentage of our monthly income should or can be allotted to Christmas gift giving? Michele, Florida

The Courage to Change Holiday Gift-Giving

There is no way I can list all of the various family situations and dynamics that come into play around

Give the Legacy of a Life History

If you’re looking for a unique gift—one that will have a great deal of meaning for both you and your


Holiday Gifts From Summer’s Bounty

If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, you know we’re celebrating Christmas in July. And I’ve