2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I love to pick the perfect gifts for our stockings (and honestly, I almost always go overboard on stocking stuffers!) because they're one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. We typically open stockings first thing and then sit and eat breakfast before opening the rest of our presents, so we try to choose things…

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2012 Gift Guide: Socially Responsible Gifts

I love supporting companies that are making a difference in the world -- either through giving people the skills they need to climb out of poverty or by choosing sustainable materials. Here are some of my favorite companies and gift ideas, although it was hard to narrow it down to just 9! 31 Bits makes…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Gifts

I love kitchen accessories and have been asking for them for Christmas since I was in high school, but these days, I'm much pickier about what I actually bring into my home. Here are some of my favorite recent finds: Shaina from Food for My Family is not only a contributor here at Life Your…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Electronic Gifts

I am definitely a tech geek — a trait passed down to me from my step-dad — and this is one of my favorite category of gifts. Whether you're looking for an e-reader or affordable tablet, the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire are at the top of my gift guide this year: the Paperwhite is…

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Giveaway: Life in Color from National Geographic (2 Winners!)

This giveaway is now closed! The winners are Dianne ([email protected]) and Catherine ([email protected])! Whether you keep this book for yourself or give it as a gift to an artist in your life, you're sure to be inspired by the colors and images in National Geographic's new book, Life in Color! Life in Color is arranged…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Mom

Every year my husband spends weeks begging me for gift ideas, but it's so hard for me to come up with a wishlist of things I want; it's much easier for me to come up with gift ideas for you than it is for myself. That said, here are some of my favorite Christmas ideas…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Dad

Surprise dad with a new toy -- or a new tool -- this Christmas, or pick up a piece of sports memorabilia just to show him you care! This year my hubby asked for replacement parts for his mountain bike (so romantic and exciting!), but here are some of our favorite gift ideas for the…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Teens

Shopping for teens can either be really easy (when they tell you exactly what they'd like) or really hard (when you can't get any ideas from them). Although gift cards are always appreciated by teens and young adults, here are a few unique Christmas ideas for the hard-to-buy-for teens on your list! Despite it's depressing…

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Big Kids

As our girls get older, they do more creating and exploring and less "playing", and I love to see what they come up with -- from putting on a doll fashion show to writing their own chapter books. These gift ideas are designed to encourage them to create, build and discover: Now that they're both…

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101 Days of Christmas: Cozy Votive Candles

These cozy candles make the perfect addition to your holiday and winter decor, and they'd make great gifts as well. Truth: Everything in me wants to suggest making these for teachers, but I have a feeling that teachers receive as many candles as they do mugs and ornaments, so a practical gift like an office…

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