Tiffany’s Picks for Holiday Giving 2015

I can’t believe it has been a year since I wrote Happiness for the Holidays.  Now that I have a year under my belt, I revisit old posts. Since I covered ways to bring happiness to the holidays, I thought sharing gift ideas in this year’s post would be fun!

One of my favorite things to give is a good book. Stop, don’t yawn! I know what you’re thinking, but there are so many good ones that I can think of. I, myself, love to read and my children LOVE to read, too. They are just as happy to get a new book as they are with a new toy. You are not just giving a book, you are giving an experience, an inspiration, a laugh, a cry, a mind opener, a comfort.

Okay, before I go overboard, here are Tiffany’s Picks for holiday giving:

Raising_Happiness_ This is one of my favorite books for any parent, caregiver, or anyone who works with children. This is an easy read by Christine Carter, Ph.D. She includes the latest research in positive psychology and she gives examples from her own life, raising two daughters.  I found it to be very inspiring.

9780785832874_p0_v2_s192x300 My friend Kim, brought me to have a medical test recently.  When she returned to pick me up, she had bought me one of these adult coloring books. I really appreciated her help that day and was glad she brought my attention to these coloring books. Yes, it is fun to color and did you know it is being compared to meditating? 🙂 For the many who cannot seem to find a meditation practice that feels comfortable (including yours truly), try one of these books or give one to someone you love. The benefits of getting into a creative “flow” are being compared to the benefits of meditating. To learn more about the benefits of meditating please see my post:  “Meditation is Concentrated Happiness Training”

9781416957768_p0_v2_s192x300If you saw this book in my children’s room you would think it was ready to be recycled. I have read this book so many times it is literally falling apart. Sean Covey and Stacy Curtis create 7 animal characters in 7 stories to illustrate habits that help kids to be happy. One of my favorite stories is “Lily Plants a Garden”. Lily really wants a garden, but her mother tells her it is a lot of work. Lily writes her mom a letter and explains how she will work hard and share what she grows. It will be a win/win for the family.  Learn more about Sean Covey at  http://www.seancovey.com

9780594560975_p0_v4_s550x406Now I know this is not a book. I found this Buddah Board at Barnes and Noble while shopping for books. 😉 Love this! It is relaxing to use, inspires creativity, environmentally friendly, and of course, fun!

Good luck finishing up your to do lists!

Happy Holidays Sign

Happy Holidays to all of you, may it be filled with peace, love, and joy!



A special thank you to Ramona Crisstea http://www.ramonacrisstea.com After viewing her fashionista post on holiday giving, I used her formatting choice for this post. Please visit her blog and see the SAMMYDRESS post for unique gift ideas.