1. Five ‘Feel Good’ Ways for Giving

    The holidays are a time for giving. They also present an opportunity for parents to teach their children an invaluable lesson: generosity. What is the best way to raise a charitable child? Set an example. As the holidays draw near, consider volunteering as a family to show your children that the best gifts don’t come in boxes. They come in the form of a smile on someone else’s face – and knowing that you put it there.

    Here are five ways for giving back this holiday season:

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  2. Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Cookie Recipe JarsThe holidays are a time for giving. Generosity, however, may leave you with an empty wallet as well as a full heart. According to the American Research Group, Inc., the average person spent $801 on holiday shopping in 2013. What’s a good way to keep the spirit of the season when on a tight budget?

    Consider making a homemade holiday gift that can be perfect for next-door neighbors, children’s teachers, or your fourth cousin twice-removed. Here are some low-cost gift ideas:

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  3. For Some Holiday Shoppers, It’s Layaway or Stay Away

    Mother & Son Shopping for Holiday PresentPerhaps more than at any other time of year, the winter holiday season sends consumers into a shopping frenzy. For 2014, the National Retail Federation projects that consumers will spend an estimated $616.9 billion, a 4.1 percent increase over last year.

    Some shoppers will plunk down cold hard cash. Others will swipe their credit card or debit card. What about shoppers who lack any of those means of payment? Well, they aren’t necessarily left out in the cold.

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  4. Unique Gift-wrapping Ideas that Give Back to Your Wallet

    Gifts Wrapped in Recycled Wrapping PaperYou have all of your holiday gifts bought and sorted. Now it’s time to wrap. Will the prospect make you groan or grin? If you’re among the people who tend to panic over prettying up a pile of presents, take heart. You can turn a wrapping marathon into a fun project by making your own gift bags and tags.

    A make-it-yourself approach can also save you big bucks. The cost of holiday wrapping paper, ribbons and tags adds up fast, especially if you have lots of family members and friends on your gift list.

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  5. Holiday Trivia: Test your knowledge of the history behind this season of magic and merriment!

    Holiday Cookies’Tis the season for joyful times in the company of family and friends during the winter holidays of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. For young and old alike, the holidays are filled with anticipation and excitement. There may be parties aplenty and gifts galore, but the true meaning of the holidays lies in intangibles such as kindness, gratitude and peace.

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