This is the season when little people craft like a workshop full of crazed elves to create special presents made of macaroni, Fimo clay, Rainbow Loom bands and glitter. So much glitter. Our kids are just beginning to learn the value of a dollar, and the grown-up thrill of actually shopping for things. To buy. Like with real money (mine). It's a big step in personal independaence (learning!), and part of the same fun their dad and I get as we track down under-the-tree gifts for them. Our kids' go-to Christmas shop can't be found in any mall, but rather at our school's holiday bazaar. The fundraiser day includes a great "No Parents Allowed" room where kids can shop for people on their present list. There's a flat rate of $2 per item, and parents help out by writing down names and specifying "Adult, Female" or "pet" on a clipboard. The kids go in, choose their gifts (donated by the school community) and emerge clutching a paper bag full of wrapped and labelled goodies. My overjoyed 7-year-old just couldn't wait until Christmas to give me my surprise and made me open my gift right away. It didn't take much prodding to get me to show off my new look here at the Canadian Living office. When you're a mom, you wear hamburger earrings to work. More precious than diamonds. What's the most treasured present you've received from your kids?