Upcoming Holidays

Tips to Avoid Shipping Glitches

December 4, 2013    |    By +
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Crushed boxes. Torn off address labels. Missing items. Deliveries sitting, forlorn, on the wrong doorstep. Gasp! No one wants that! These are the stuff of holiday gift-sending nightmares, but the good news is that most of these common shipping troubles can be easily avoided. To help you send your gifts most effectively, we got some... Read more »


Hey Black Friday! You Are Dead to Me. (Sorry About That.)

November 28, 2013    |    By +
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It is the holiday shopping season, but the words “Black Friday” don’t make me positively giddy. I love the holidays. I love finding special, memorable gifts to show those in my life how much I care. But join the road-rage filled parking lots, endless checkout lines and Hunger Games-like clamor to be among the... Read more »


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Fun Thanksgiving Facts

November 28, 2013    |    By +
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After the big Thanksgiving meal, what does your family like to do? Some people watch football games. Others head to a movie theater to catch a new blockbuster, while some go for a nice long walk, crunching through the autumn leaves. I know a lot of families play board games, and my favorite is... Read more »


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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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One Month Until Christmas

November 25, 2013    |    By +
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I’ve been bracing myself, because this is going to be quite a week! Hanukkah starts at sundown on Wednesday (and check out our great gift suggestions for Hanukkah, if you haven’t already); Thanksgiving kicks off on Thursday (if you’ll be entertaining, try one of our terrific cranberry cocktail recipes), and then the holiday shopping... Read more »


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Cranberry Cocktails for Thanksgiving

November 22, 2013    |    By +
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Cranberries are an important part of the Thanksgiving meal. These tiny, sweet and tangy fruits are usually enjoyed in sauce form, complementing the star of the show: the turkey. But, I am here to tell you that cranberries can have another place on the dinner table, too, and that would be in your cocktail... Read more »


Hanukkah Gift Ideas

November 21, 2013    |    By +
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I hope you like latkes with your stuffing and playing dreidel during football commercials, because Hanukkah is crazy early this year. It starts the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27th and ends on Dec. 5th, which means it’s days before Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (stay tuned to GiftRap for Cyber Monday... Read more »


Hot Trends for Holiday 2013: We interview RedEnvelope’s expert

November 12, 2013    |    By +
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If you love shopping, fashion and trends, you may have fantasized about becoming a professional shopper. Wouldn’t it be amazing to get paid to travel around the world in search of the best stuff? Indeed, such a dream job exists. Buyers, they are called, get to choose what gets carried in a store or... Read more »


The Gift of Service: Veterans Day

November 11, 2013    |    By +
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There are 22 million veterans living in America right now, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They have given our country a huge gift by serving in the United States Armed Forces, and we wanted to thank them. In case you were wondering, Veterans Day became a national observance in 1954, declared... Read more »


50 Days Until Christmas

November 5, 2013    |    By +
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I put the Halloween stuff back in storage today, so my thoughts can officially turn to prepping for Christmas. So far, I’ve started my holiday shopping list and bought some remote-controlled flameless candles, which I love playing with. But, wow, I think this all means I still have an awful lot to do. Up... 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.