All Is Fair in Love & Gift-Giving?

Q: I remarried two years ago and am happy as can be, except that my husband and I can’t figure out how to deal with gift-giving. I have to buy presents for 10 people on  his side, and he has only one person to buy for on my side. Can you help us find a logical solution? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Hey, you’re a couple now – split everything! That means you will be doing more for him than he does …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

In a few days Father’s Day (June 16) will be here. You still may be sure what to get dear ol’ dad or you’re pondering what you’ve already selected. Because no one has ever really admitted that shopping for Pops was easy, I’ve decided to help you skip aimlessly wandering in the mall by directing you to a few fashionable and novelty gift items that I’m sure he’d love. THE DAPPER DAD 1 | Swedish Dream Sea Salt ($6; West …

The Gift I Didn’t Know I Needed

Before my Pop Pop died, we had a conversation about our conversations. “I miss our talks,” I said one night, sitting by his bed. It was August and, though the doctors said he was in good health, he was miserable. During the day, the pain consumed him and I wondered where my grandfather went, but for an hour or so at bedtime, the Pop Pop I knew came back. “I know you’re hurting, and it’s hard to think about anything …

Gifting Made Easy

Are you starting to feel the anticipation and anxiety of the Holidays? Well are you? No matter how much you plan, prepare, prod the spouse or pout the holiday season still makes most of our blood pressure rise sometimes between December first and the twenty fifth!  I have heard of every remedy imaginable to prevent this roller coaster of emotions, but honestly none of them work. However, now after living over a half of a century, I might just have the …

Use ‘Slice’ to Keep Track of Online Shopping

I love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I’m addicted to it. I’m a member of the popular deep discount  “members only” clothing and home goods websites Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Haute Look and One Kings Lane.  I say “members only” with a smile, because anyone who signs up becomes a member. Every day, and twice a day during the holiday shopping season, these sites send me emails highlighting items that are discounted 50 percent or more. …

Reasons to Think Small for Holiday Shopping

You’ve gotten countless flyers in the mail for “Black Friday.” But there’s another great way to score shopping deals and do good at the same time: Support local merchants and patronize stores and restaurants in your area on Small Business Saturday, November 24. In addition to finding unique gifts, you’re far more likely to get individual attention from people who know their merchandise inside and out and who want to earn customers for life. Small business owners also tend to …