Alternative to Spirialing Holiday Gift Madness: Make a Dream Binder for Your Loved Ones

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54% of Americans say we should spend less on gifts. Enter the Dream Binder -- a free, last minute, homemade holiday gift that supports your loved one's dream.

The extravagant, present-packed holiday is on the way out according to a recent holiday poll from Center for a New American Dream. More than half of all Americans (54%) say spending less on gifts will “allow them to focus more on the true meaning of the holidays.” One website has responded by offering this free, last-minute, homemade gift solution: the Dream Binder. It’s a binder you fill with all sorts of free information you find on the Web that will help the recipient live his or her dream … whether it’s pitching in Yankee Stadium or selling a screenplay.

To make a Dream Binder, you simply buy a blank binder, dividers and some three-hole paper. Then you fill the binder with downloads of all kinds. Typical contents, according to Suzanne Falter-Barns, author of How Much Joy Can You Stand? and creator of The Dream Binder, are bios of successful people in the field, lists of helpful websites, printouts of free articles on various aspects of the dream-work, worksheets on budget planning and networking, and any contacts you or friends can provide. Encouraging letters from family and friends are a key piece, too.

One mom is making her Dream Binder for Leah, her 14-year-old daughter who dreams of being a country singer. In the book, she’s collected bios and photos of top country singers, plus lists of contacts at local radio stations, articles on how to break into the music business and record your own demos. This mom has also reserved a domain name for her daughter’s future website. For the cover, Leah’s face is getting tacked onto a current country star’s publicity shot.

Falter-Barns offers a free download of binder pages including worksheets and articles at her website, at The idea is catching on as ‘Dream Binder Parties’ are spreading this holiday season.

For more information or to contact some Dream Binder makers call Suzanne Falter-Barns, (518) 963-8927.

About is a creativity website offering practical tips and tools to anyone with a creative dream. It was created by Suzanne Falter-Barns, author of several books on creativity that have been featured in Woman’s Day, Fitness, Self and more than 100 radio and television programs. Media page at

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