No need to wait until Christmas day to play Santa to your grandkids, whether near or far. Our partners at Grandparents.com have provided a really swell, free e-book of printable games, coloring pages, recipes, and more for you to share with your little treasures now, to make their holiday that much merrier thanks to Grand Santa! They'll have hours of fun with activities like:
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Sometimes it feels like finding the right gift, at the right price, for family & colleagues gets harder
with each passing year - especially for those dreaded "Secret Santa" swaps still popular at the office...
Well, not this year! I've done the research and found some terrific ideas for gift-giving that are both easier on the wallet, and unique enough to please even those who literally have everything.
At the office
Everyone loves a unique tree ornament, and when it comes to ornaments, even elegance can be found for your dollar limit.
Pet present exchange
If you have an office full of colleagues with pets, make pets the gift recipients: lots of pet items fit any gift swap budget.
Put a charitable spin on Secret Santa
Instead of buying a material gift, make a donation to a charity your recipient would support. For instance, if s/he is an animal lover, donate to the ASPCA.
Exchange gag gifts
Wrap up the biggest eye-sore you can find (sad-eyed ceramic cat, anyone?), or buy a ready-made gag gift. It then becomes each person’s responsibility to pass it along, like a hot potato, the next year.
Forget "Secret Santa" - Have a "Yankee Swap"
This involves “stealing” from each other - how much fun is that?! Here's how it works: Everyone contributes a wrapped gift, then, one by one, each participant draws a number out of a hat. No. 1 chooses and unwraps a gift, showing it to everyone else. No. 2 gets to either “steal” that present or pick and unwrap another one from the pile. Any player whose gift is stolen gets to pick again. It goes on like that until everyone has a gift.
Adopt a family in need
Instead of buying gifts for one another, sponsor a less fortunate family. You can find a family in need through many local charities like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or your local homeless program, and the charity will give you a list of items to shop from.
Buy one gift for the entire family
Instead of buying for each family member separately, buy one gift for an item the family would use together, like a theme park pass, movie, zoo or aquarium tickets, you get the idea. This is a great way to save a bit of dough (it's less costly than individual gifts) while really wow-ing the recipients.
Give an ornament collection
Whether buying for other people's children, or anyone on your list, give them something to look forward to each holiday season by starting an ornament collection for them, a gift to open and enjoy year after year.
Lighten someone's holiday cooking and entertaining loads...
by giving gifts people can use immediately, like food baskets, flavored popcorn, teas/coffees, cheeses, flavored salts, spices, etc.
Home or Office
Scratch-off lottery tickets...
...make fun and inexpensive stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, or any other small amount giving you do.
Finally, the ever present present of the gift card
Whether for someone's favorite store or generic as in one from any of the credit card companies, you just can't go wrong with this one.
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Generation Yers (also known as Millennials) in the workforce are our kids born between 1980 and 1991 (the entire generation spans to 2000, but the rest aren't as yet in the workforce on a career path, so for this alert we're covering those ages 22-33). And, for the most part, we tend to consider them as the "everybody gets a trophy" generation, wanting a pat on the back for just showing up on time, and needing constant feedback for even the smallest things.
But, just as with any group, although these generalizations may apply somewhat to some of its members, this generation has much to offer, to the business and to us as managers. According to Cayenne Consulting specializing in business development, this generation has many assets:
So, here's how to capitalize on these attritbutes to get the most from your young employees, while learning a bit yourself along the way, as covered in the Washington Posts' Capital Business:
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