Let's be honest: Holiday gift-giving can be a pain in the neck. Who gets what? How much should you spend? Whatever your answer, we suggest buying local whenever possible. Spending your holiday dough in the community where you live truly is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of creating sales tax revenue and keeping your friends and neighbors in business, which sustains jobs, etc. So go native!

Speaking of gift-giving, here's my latest for Match.com: To gift or not to gift?.