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DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

I give DIY gifts every year, and I’m obsessed with finding fresh ideas that look pretty and polished. This year, try these three easy, meaningful gifts that work alone or as a bundle:   Patterned coasters. These coasters are a crafter’s dream....

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:   Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at...

Festive Looks for Less

Take the “I have nothing to wear” stress out of holiday parties. Here, three ways to get a fashionably festive look on the cheap (and on the fly).   H&M Banish bland. Start with a top or dress in a bold color or pattern. Add a richly textured...

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Gifts Kids Will Love

Buying for kids packs a surprising amount of stress. If they don’t like what you’ve gotten them, they’ll tell you. Never fear—these gifts are guaranteed to please, and they’re all under $20. Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters ($5.49, Perpetual Kid)...

Rethinking Your Holiday Tipping Philosophy

The holiday tip. How did a simple gesture meaning, “Hey, thanks for all your help this year!” morph into a angst-ridden calculation of Who, Why and How Much? Is it because we outsource so many services? Because these days a heartfelt card seems...

Best New Giftable Kitchen Gadgets

Whether you’re shopping for the Rachael Ray in your life—or someone who just likes to throw a stylin’ party—you can put some serious spice in her chutney with these gifts ($40 and under). State of the Union ($40, Etsy) Whether she hails from the...

Avoid Holiday Impulse Buys

The smarter you get, the more retailers try to outsmart you. Although a new study from Deloitte shows that 90% of people know what they’re buying before they get to a store (and about 66% shop when products are on sale)—anxious retailers are...

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