Stocking fillers and those little knickknacks that end up in Christmas crackers have a tendency to gravitate towards the  "stuff" end of the spectrum. Many of the cracker gift fillers are badly made plastic toys that end up in landfills after their short-lived and barely amusing...

Grandmas are pretty easy to please – generally, if it comes from the heart, she’ll love it. Spoil her this year with something a little extravagant that she wouldn’t normally buy for herself – it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be thoughtful....