You know shit is wicked rough when luxe retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are offering deep discounts, and piles of Coach purses and Prada wallets are popping up at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross. Recession time, and the living ain’t easy for many a retailer. If the big guys are hurting, imagine how the little guys are doing. These days, one of the easiest ways to give back to the community is by supporting small local businesses. So we’re bypassing the mall and hitting up our local bead shops to make DIY holiday gifts and sign up for jewelry-making classes. As it turns out, moms appreciate gifts much more when they know you made ’em yourself. And sometimes they like it even more when you take them out to do something together — after all, Santa can’t leave quality time under the tree. It’s like... More >>>