Giving

It is officially crunch time for Christmas shopping procrastinators. There is still time to buy some last-minute gifts, but check out the infographic below for presents you might want to avoid – or they might end up returned or destroyed. It was created with guys in mind, but I definitely agree with some of the gifts on the “most unwanted list.” More than half of men surveyed said they would not want to receive a cologne box set. I got this horrible perfume gift set as a Christmas gift a few years ago and, in addition to being allergic to it and not wanting to smell like Elizabeth Taylor, it was one of the worst gifts I have ever received.

Instead of giving into shopping panic and buying cheap cologne or magnetic chess sets, think of what the recipient would really like to receive. Even on Christmas Day, you can instantly send a gift card online or find something fun at drugstore. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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Gifts That Give Back

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The end of the year is also the most popular time for charitable giving. Almost a third of online donations are made during last two days of the year. I think a donation to someone’s favorite cause makes a great gift, but if you want to give something more tangible, here are six gifts that give back:

1. Plywood People Tall Tote, $10
This tote is made from upcycled materials from billboards in Atlanta and Charlotte. They are handmade in America by refugees, and bags like this one provide English classes and essential items to these refugees.

2. FEED Wine Bag, $22
I’m always looking for wine bags for hostess gifts. Buying this one provides five school meals to kids in need.

3. Cookies for Santa Gift Set, $10
This fun set includes gingerbread cookie mix and a cookie cutter and 100% of proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

4. Mud Pie Baby Socks, $7
Ten cents from each purchase of these adorable little socks support the March of Dimes.

5. iSanctuary Necklace, $30
This necklace was made by a human trafficking survivor who is paid 100% above fair trade wage. Jewelry sales help provide opportunities and jobs for survivors in India and the United States.

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Six Ways to Save During the Holidays

November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about ways to make it through the holidays without overspending.  Here are six things I do to maintain my budget during the most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year: Make a Reasonable Budget I’ve been making a Christmas shopping budget each […]

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How to Handle Panhandling

April 23, 2012

A few years ago, panhandling prevention giving meters (whoa, that’s a mouthful) were installed around Atlanta.  In theory, people are supposed to put loose change into these meters instead of handing it to panhandlers.  The money collected from the meters supports local organizations that fight homelessness, but I’m not sure that I believe that many […]

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Gifts That Give Back: Charity Gift Catalogs

November 29, 2011

November and December are the most popular months to make charitable donations.  At the same time, we’re buying gifts for Christmas and other winter holidays.  Gift catalogs from charities combine these things by allowing someone to buy gifts that benefit a nonprofit organization’s work in honor of their friends and relatives.  Here are some of […]

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Four Affordable Ways to Support Charity

November 1, 2011

It’s hard to believe how fast the year has gone by!  As we get closer to the holidays many of us will start making decisions about giving to charity.  Even small donations can make a big difference to nonprofit organizations, but there are ways to give back that don’t require you to make a financial […]

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Affordable Baby Shower Gifts

July 5, 2011

I think almost every woman I know is pregnant.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but several of my friends are expecting babies.  With babies come baby showers (and oohing and aahing over tiny clothes and gadgets).  Printing off a baby registry list and walking the aisles of Babies R Us can be a daunting and expensive […]

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Playing SPENT: Experience What It’s Like to Live in Poverty

February 11, 2011

I grew up in the suburbs and I think most of my friends had a similar upbringing.  It’s hard for anyone who didn’t grow up in poverty to understand the day-to-day struggles associated with being poor.  SPENT is a game created by a nonprofit (Urban Ministries of Durham) and an advertising agency that challenges players […]

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