BOSTON - Nov. 24, 2009 - The holidays are upon us once again, and families can turn to FamilyEducation for gift, craft and entertainment ideas to make this season festive and memorable. With a few clicks of the mouse, parents can use the popular parenting site's interactive Children's Toy Finder to ensure that every kid in the family gets the perfect gift. Searchable by age, category and price, the Toy Finder features the season's top items in categories such as active play toys, musical toys, games and puzzles, arts and crafts, and more. FamilyEducation also features information about the latest toy recalls so parents can be sure that the items on their children's wish lists are safe.
While gift giving is fun, it is also important to manage money carefully this time of year. Families can stay on top of their finances this season with FamilyEducation's free printable holiday budget worksheet. By simply typing in the names of friends and family, gift descriptions and their total budget, parents can use the worksheet to calculate how much they have spent as they complete their holiday shopping.
"As the year comes to an end and we celebrate the winter holidays, friends and families come together to share in traditions and create new memories. But the holidays can also be a stressful time, especially with the current economy," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Family Education Network. "This year, FamilyEducation has created a number of special tools and resources to help families maximize their holiday fun and keep stress at a minimum."
The site offers many "green gift" ideas for environmentally conscious givers and receivers. Eco-conscious teens and adults might like a solar-powered backpack, recycled stationery or an eco-friendly snowboard or skateboard - all featured in FamilyEducaton's " Top 10 Green Gifts for Teens and Adults." Young environmentalists can learn more about recycling, reducing waste and helping the environment with the fun and eco-friendly gifts featured on the site's "Top 10 Green Gifts for Kids."
FamilyEducation also presents one-stop shopping for new and inexpensive ideas for filling everyone's holiday stockings. The slideshow, " Top 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas," features unique small gift items sure to please every young heart, such as paper airplanes, music accessories, puzzles and craft items. Other "Top 10" slideshows on FamilyEducation feature entertainment gift ideas such as movies, video games and books for every member of the family.
When it comes to decorating the house and sending out holiday cards, FamilyEducation provides families with plenty of creative projects that they can complete together. Families will find great ideas for ornaments and holiday crafts for kids to make, as well as holiday card projects that are fun and easy to do.
Once the shopping and decorating are done, families can relax and enjoy the spirit of the holiday by choosing from the "Top 10 Holiday Movies for 2009" or the " Top 10 Christmas Movies" featured on FamilyEducation. And while everyone is watching a favorite holiday feature, the baker in the family can find some tasty recipes for everyone to enjoy, in the site's slideshow, " Best Holiday Cookie Recipes."
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