Posts Tagged ‘holiday shopping’

This Year, Give Experiences — Not Things

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Does your sister really need another scarf or bracelet? Instead, buy movie tickets for a fun girls’ night out and spring for the popcorn.

Want to include the nieces and nephews along with your own gang at home and not break the bank? Make a gift of a movie night at your house and go all out with movie-style candy, popcorn, soda — maybe even hot dogs.

When you buy the goodies yourself and serve them at home you can treat everyone for dimes on the dollar compared with those insane movie-theater prices. (Plus, you can plan this event for January, after the craziness of the holidays is over.)

Even more fun… Make everyone a star and show old family movies as the “previews” before the show.

Heifer International — A Gift From the Heart

Monday, December 20th, 2010

My family and I started giving gifts from Heifer International ( a few years ago, and it has been a great experience. In your loved one’s honor, you can give the gift of a share of a sheep, a flock of baby chicks or a goat that will provide income and food for a needy family.

Kids love to help pick out the gift. You can donate as little or as much as you like by buying shares of an animal or a flock, too, so this gift idea works even for young kids who want to contribute some of their own money. The organization provides beautiful gift cards to give to your recipients.

Check out this wonderful organization and choose a gift with your children. Is there a better way to add true meaning to the holidays than by helping someone else?