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    Big, Tacky Gifts

    One of my guilty pleasures is giving big, tacky gifts to the pre-schoolers in my life.  I’m not talking about the latest, greatest Black Friday Cyber Monday “must have.” I’m also not talking about a ton of money. To get really big and really tacky? It’s time to think outside the box. Of course it helps if that box is huge — either a decorated furniture box or a plastic storage bin, preferably in a fluorescent color, never to be found in nature. [Tweet “I love…

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    Holiday Gifts and the “Magic Ingredient”

    It seems that that the pressures that have been squeezing parents for the past couple of years may have started to focus us in a way that is actually good for our kids. When it comes to gifts, is the scarcity of Zhu Zhu Hamsters a blessing in disguise? I just finished assembling my all time favorite gift of a 4-year-old (she’s brilliant but she can’t read yet– it’s a dress-up box!) Why is it a favorite? It’s a great ‘return on investment’ — inexpensive and,…