Gifts With Heart: Inspiring Stories, Handmade Crafts and One-Of-A-Kind Ideas

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Conari Press, Feb 1, 2002 - Self-Help - 200 pages
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"A gift pleases as much for what it is, as for what it represents: you, your time, and your genuine appreciation," writes author Mary Beth Sammons. In Gifts with Heart she presents a wonderful collection of inspirational gift-giving stories as well as concrete ideas, for giving with thought and emotion. There are ideas for parents and grandparents, friends, children, guests, gifts for people who are sick or hurting, and more. Plan a "date" for your parents, write the story of your grandparent's life, create handmade Christmas ornaments depicting times shared with the ones you love, or just simply show up and be there for your family member, friend, or loved one in their time of need. From compiling photo collections to creating "happy" memory boxes to putting together a winter blues "get well kit," there is something here for everyone in your life.


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Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and women’s issues columnist whose work appears frequently in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune’s lifestyle section, and leading consumer women’s magazines. She is currently the “Finding You” editor for and writes for various health and business publications. As an editorial vice-president, Mary Beth launched the editorial departments of the largest consumer health on-line Web site— and its subsidiary,, for which she writes separate blogs. In addition, she is currently working with the Stanford Research Institute as editorial director of a storytelling project focused on consumer health and wellness. Mary Beth specializes in stories that inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things from a place deep in their hearts. She has written six books in the women’s self-help and mind;body;health field including, We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life’s Toughest Times (Conari Press, 2007). She lives in Chicago’s suburbs with her three children.

Susannah Seton is the author of Simple Pleasures of the Home, Simple Pleasures of the Garden, Simple Pleasures for the Holidays, and co-author of Simple Pleasures: Soothing Suggestions and Small Comforts for Living Well Year-Round. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.

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