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If you have kids in your life, either your own, or nieces, nephews, grandkids etc., the odds are good that you’re beginning to think about holidays gifts. As a parent of 2 young children, let me tell you where to spend your shekels for gifts that will not only go over well with kids but will be appreciated by parents. 1. A Trip to the Movies. Costco sells these packages for kids; it’s a move pass and child size popcorn, drink and treat combo for like $11.99 plus tax. Buy these! Buy loads of these! It’s such a great gift. You can buy them in-store, and they’ll give you a voucher, or you can buy them online, and they’ll send you an e-voucher you can print off. Costco also sells adult combos, for $29.99 plus tax, you get two adult passes, a regular popcorn, and two regular drinks. 2.…

The Sunday afternoons of my childhood were spent puking into plastic bags in backseat of a station wagon. Picture something quite similar to a scene right out one of the Family Vacation movies. But with puking. Lots and lots of puke. So. Much. … Okay, I think you get the picture. Did I mention how much fun it was? Sing-a-longs, bags of cheese curds, pulling over every 30 kilometres to take in the sights, sounds and smells. Hiking up Whiteface Mountain, crossing the border to watch large ocean liners trudge through the nearby locks at sunset or searching for frogs and snakes at good old Loch Garry. No adventure was ever too big or small for my parents. For they knew (or it just struck me that perhaps they absolutely never even considered it) they were igniting this insatiable desire for adventure in all of their three children. The same…