Monday, December 15, 2008

Gifts & Books That Celebrate Our Children

When I was young my mother used to get out the crayons when it was time to send Christmas cards (or any kind of card for that matter). You see we had to color brown the cherub-faced angels that did not look like us. These days things are a lot different. has gathered lots of gifts that celebrate children of color in these lists. And there's some book picks for adults in here, too. Thanks Meera and Felicia. Happy holidays, jd

The Ultimate Santa Gift Guide
By Meera Bowman-Johnson |
Choo-choo trains, Obama coloring books, Mancala and other gift ideas for kids.

Dec. 15, 2008--Santa might be a little strapped for cash this year, but if your kids are anything like mine, they won't be trying to hear that on Christmas morning. It's true; it's the thought that counts, and many Americans just might be on the verge of busting out the depression glass this year.

But most kids I know today aren't programmed to take nicely to handmade gifts in the same way that Great Aunt Mattie might take to some homemade bath salts. Kids these days are savvy enough to know what came from the 99-cent store and what didn't. They have a knack for knowing when Uncle Jr. really wasn't trying. And some can even tell what's been regifted.

But don't give up just yet—with this handy gift guide, you can put smiles on the faces of the important little ones in your life. Best of all, you can do it without emptying Santa's pockets entirely or racking your brain to find just the right thing.

See the list at The Ultimate Santa Gift Guide

The Root's Holiday Book Guide
By Felicia Pride |
Gift ideas for adults, teens and kids.

Dec. 12, 2008--Books are fool-proof gifts. Not just because they virtually last forever, unlike that fruitcake or sweater that shrinks after one wash, but also because they're affordable in these tough economic times. And, just think, you can take care of everyone on your list with one trip to your local bookstore. That alone should relieve some of the pressure of getting through this holiday season.

There really is a book for everyone and especially for the person who has everything. To get you started, here are some ideas for adults, young people and children.

See list at The Root's Holiday Book Guide

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