I've been invited to a New Year's Day Rose Bowl party at the home of some good friends. Should I bring a gift?
Gift giving on New Year's Day is a popular tradition, and a wonderful way to kick off a new year with friends. Your gift could be themed to the Rose Bowl or to a new hobby or interest that your friends are just beginning.
A New Year's gift can also be an expression of the good times that you've shared, and future moments that you'll enjoy-perhaps tickets for a performance or sporting event that you can attend together. If you are bringing a basket of Rose Bowl treats, you could even add a gift certificate and let them select a New Year's present to suit new interests.
Do the dates and customs for New Year's Day celebrations vary in different cultures?
Yes. The Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah and Chinese New Year are just a few of the many diverse New Year's celebrations throughout the United States and the world. The dates of these New Year's celebrations vary each year, as many are based on a lunar calendar. See our non-gifting holiday section for more information on Rosh Hashanah.
My friend is starting a healthy eating program for the New Year. I'm considering a gift related to this theme. Any ideas?
What a great idea! There are some wonderful cookbooks with recipes based on a wide variety of eating plans. Or you might consider a basket filled with fresh organic produce and other healthy treats.