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To cover or not to cover

174Price tags on books, that is. I understand it’s supposed to be in very bad taste to let the recipient of a gift know how much has been paid for it. Whenever I buy a book and ask the salesperson to wrap the book up for me, they cover the price with a sticker. I know these stickers well: They are hell to remove afterwards. So I usually ask the salesperson not to use a sticker, and have received many a strange look. Continue reading

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

No matter what holiday you celebrate around this time of year a large portion of your time is spent thinking about gifts. For many of us it is stressful, especially buying gifts for friends, and co-workers. How much to spend? What to buy? And to whom are you giving a present? Before you bake or buy that tin of cookies or that box of specialty hot chocolate, think about giving something that is truly meaningful – your time. Continue reading

Wedding presents–thinking outside the registry


A younger cousin of mine recently got married. I am very fond of this young man. He used to come over and play ping-pong with sons when they were younger and I was exhausted. (It is a rule of parenting that the parent will always tire of a fun activity before the child.) He and his new bride are, of course, registered. There are options from department stores and specialty stores. If I were the sort who wanted to make sure I’d bought the couple something they said they definitively wanted, I had a plethora of viable options. I, however, wanted to buy to the beat of a different drummer. I wanted to give the couple something I was sure they wouldn’t get from anyone else. And, of course, I wanted them to like it. Continue reading


commencement1It’s that time of the year again, when high schools and universities all around the country begin pouring out young, hopeful graduates ready to take on the world or try their hand at college.  Last night I donned my own gown and hood to participate in graduation ceremonies for the high school where I teach.  As kids that I’ve spent the last four years with marched across the stage and received their diplomas to great fanfare, I realized I’d been remiss – I haven’t given my own graduation gifts as of yet. 

I could go the easy route and give cash or gift cards, which is probably what they’d rather have anyway.  Or, I could spend more time and thought and give a gift far more meaningful.  Any suggestions or tried and true gift ideas out there?  

AAR Heather