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Gifts to Please

By Jodie Lynn


Once again my family and friends are stumped as to what to buy for Christmas presents. There's so much on TV and radio and in magazines... we don't know where to turn. We've divided into groups and voted on a head support person for the kids, which range in age from newborn to age eighteen. We hope you can also help us in our search for that special gift, especially since we have such a wide range of ages. Of course, there's the older crowd of parents, grandparents, spouses, uncles and aunts, plus older college kids too. Help!


One of the things my nieces really like is the "This Journal Belongs to Ratchet." It's similar to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," but for girls. We also purchase books. These have been a hit for the girls: "Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu," "Isabella: Star of the Story," "TIME for Kids - Big Book of Why" and "TIME for Kids - X Why Z" (actually great for both genders), as well as "Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully," and "Don't Push The Button!." We've found Mrs. Prindable's Holiday Star treats to be awesome as well as the yummy Arctic Zero low-cal frozen treats to give as gifts that the whole family enjoys. - Wendy and Ted Wilson n San Francisco, CA


For new dads, who frequently get lost in the shuffle, check out "The Daddy Diaper Pack" by Daddy Scrubs. It's full of awesome items that moms often pack for an outing with the kids, including sunglasses for dad. Moms, teens and little girls too, on your list, may enjoy the "Cicciabella Cowgirl House Slippers," which are actually pretty cool, comfortable and wash beautifully. If you're looking for something spectacular for a special female relative, consider the Nerium Face Cream. Odd as it may seem for a gift, it's quite fabulous and may be something worth considering for the person who needs and desires a healthier and more radiant face. For everyone on your list that is four and older, review the new Lego books that show amazingly beautiful and educational pictures of just exactly what's going on with today's blocks, like "Extreme Bricks," Brick Shakespeare," "Assassination!," and much more. For the younger kids, books are always delightful. "A Funny Little Bird," "The Snatchabook," "Bimbambu," and "Mert the Anxious Evergreen." And don't forget the boardgames! Fun new ones this year are "Oddly Obvious!," "KORNER'D" and "Crazy Legs" by Endless Games and "Snake Oil" and "Word on the Street," by Out of the Box. Card games like "Clubs" by North Star Games and the new brainteasers by Recent Toys like "Skewb," which are an array of shapes similar to the beloved Cubic toys, are always big hits. They are hours of fun for ages 7 to 99. Last, but not least, don't forget about Build-A-BearŪ. Their new holiday wonders will make the very youngest to the oldest squeal in pure joy! Almost everything mentioned within the column can be found on Amazon or simply Google product's name to find out more.

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If someone in my workplace is having a birthday party at the office and I choose not to chip in on the gift but buy a separate one, mostly cook books, is this wrong? Also, what are some new but useful cookbooks for upcoming gifts? I'm not a phony person and don't appreciate people that are but my coworkers think I'm being snooty.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including,,,,, and Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.


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