Etiquette

Five-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas

April 15, 2014    |    By +
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Has it really been FIVE YEARS since you said, “I do?” Congratulations. You’re no longer newlyweds. This milestone marks 1,725 days of building a solid foundation for many happy years ahead. It’s no coincidence that the traditional five-year wedding anniversary gift is wood. Trees soar to new heights, reach for the sun and grow... Read more »


Passover Seder for Newbies

April 8, 2014    |    By +
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Passover is on its way, and Jewish tables around the world will be piled high with matzah, bitter herbs, and wine for the Passover seder, the ceremonial feast that celebrates the freeing of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish homes invite strangers or acquaintances to the table for the seder—and in recent... Read more »


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Gracious Gifts for Your Easter Hostess

April 8, 2014    |    By +
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I’m fairly certain that deviled eggs and pound cake were created specifically for Easter dinner in the South, so I’m impatiently counting the days until the holiday. Where I live, the azaleas are blooming riotously, the daffodils are already standing tall in their Easter bonnets, and—if the lines at the market are any indication—everyone’s... Read more »


They’re Engaged! To Gift or Not to Gift?

March 31, 2014    |    By +
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You’ve just heard the good news: your friend/cousin/neighbor/insert relationship here is engaged. It’s time to say congratulations! But how? Is a simple “I’m so happy for you!” enough or is a gift a mainstay of today’s engagement etiquette? I was confused—and so were those around me. To get to the bottom of the engagement... Read more »


5 Tips for Choosing a 10-Year Anniversary Gift

March 18, 2014    |    By +
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Bowling pins. Hot dogs. Letterman lists. Fingers and toes. What do all of these things have in common? They all come in 10s. When it comes to marriage, 10 years is a big deal, and celebrating a decade of marriage is a major milestone. The newlywed sheen may have worn off a bit, but... Read more »


Purim Gifting

March 14, 2014    |    By +
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The Jewish holiday of Purim is all about happiness, giving, food and fun. It is an exuberant, noisy, costumed holiday celebrated by the observant Jewish community. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which is usually in March. Purim is fun. The real background is to commemorate the defeat of... Read more »


Trend: Engagement Gifts for Him

March 13, 2014    |    By +
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Here’s a trend on the upswing, and you can thank the women’s movement for it: engagement gifts for the groom-to-be, from his soon-to-be-spouse. As more couples wait until they both have disposable income before tying the knot, it’s becoming more common to hear that when he put a ring on it, he got something... Read more »


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Three Kings Day

January 6, 2014    |    By +
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Epiphany is a Christian holiday the 12th day after Christmas, on Jan. 6. It celebrates the idea of the revelation of the birth of Jesus to the world at large. In the biblical story, the three kings, or Magi, follow a star that has appeared over Bethlehem. They discover Mary and the newly born... Read more »


7 Ways to Deal With December Birthdays: A How-To Guide for Parents

December 7, 2013    |    By +
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For parents who have kids born in December, you’ve undoubtedly got a unique challenge on your hands. December-born kids often find their birthdays falling within a winter break, so they never get to bring cupcakes to school or have their locker decorated by classmates on their actual birthday, and chances are their friends will... Read more »


Decorating for Hanukkah

November 27, 2013    |    By +
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It’s Thanksgiving, no, it’s Hanukkah, nope — this year, it’s Thankgivukkah! Things are getting a little confusing around the holidays this year. Hanukkah starts tonight at sundown, so for all of you who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah! To put you in a festive mood, we have some fun DIY and easy... Read more »


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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.