- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 16, 2001

Books

• "The Language of Gifts: The Essential Guide to Meaningful Gift-Giving," by Deanna Washington, Gramercy, 2001. This guide can help you choose the right gift.

• "Emily Post's Etiquette: The Name to Turn to for the Way We Live Today," by Peggy Post and Emily Post, HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. This book provides answers to gift-giving questions.

• "Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season," by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, William Morrow, 1991. The authors ask how much is too much and suggest ways to curtail the holiday consumer frenzy.

• "The Thank You Book: Hundreds of Clever, Meaningful, and Purposeful Ways to Say Thank You," by Robyn Freedman Spizman, Longstreet Press, 1994. This small book provides readers with hundreds of ways to express appreciation. Children can also learn the art of thanks with a book written by her teen-age daughter, Ali Lauren Spizman, called "The Thank You Book for Kids: Hundreds of Creative, Cool, and Clever Ways to Say Thank You," Longstreet Press, 2001.

• "Clever Gift Giving," by Suzanne Singleton, Twenty-Nine Angels Publishing, 1998. The author gives gift ideas galore that don't necessarily entail a trip to the mall.

• "Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons: Celebrate the Holidays With Elegance and Simplicity on Any Income," by Tracey McBride, Bantam Books, 2000. Learn how to eliminate stress in your gift-giving efforts.

Online

• Suggestions on holiday tipping amounts and gift ideas can be found on the Emily Post Web site (www.emilypost.com), sponsored and maintained by the Emily Post Institute. The group publishes books and other materials on 21st-century American etiquette.

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