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Great, Easy Christmas Gifts

December 1st, 2009 at 02:44 pm

This is probably one of the easiest years for my Christmas shopping. By mutual agreement, adult family that we exchange with wanted an honorary donation to their favorite charity in lieu of a gift. So, early this morning I made donations to:

~ Habitat for Humanity
~ Second Harvest Food Bank
~ Heifer International
~ Susan Koman for the Cure

Not only are we helping others, we can deduct these donations on our taxes. And because I used my CC, it will generate miles. These charges will be paid in full when the bill comes, so we are not creating debt.

The only exceptions are my grandniece (10) and grandnephews (6 and 11 months). I completed their shopping a few weeks ago, but it was easy to buy just for three. I do give gifts to the lady who cleans our house and my pet sitter, but their gifts are easy, too: a large box of Sees candy and money (a nice tip). So, yipee... I am done and it is only December 1!!

7 Responses to “Great, Easy Christmas Gifts”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Great job simplifying Xmas! And what a great list of charities--that's a gift it must feel extra good to give.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Great charities! Our family gave to Heifer International one year in lieu of gifts. We need to get back to doing that.

  3. miz pat Says:

    How neat. I hope you have a wonderful christmas.

  4. milehighgal Says:

    All such amazing causes, and this leaves more time for cooking, decorating and enjoying time with family, rather than scouring the malls for yet another trinket.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    That is so nice of you. This year I am helping a local family pay their bills.

  6. Analise Says:

    Ima - I like your idea, too. When I worked in a school, I always knew who the neediest families were and made sure they got holiday food baskets (anonymously). It was so heartwarming to see their appreciation.

    A friend of ours has another great idea and he's been doing it for 15 years: A warm blanket and jacket drive. He collects throughout November and December and takes the donations to the homeless shelters in our area. Last week I bought some very nice but inexpensive blankets at Ross to donate, and I got 10% off because it was Tuesday. :-)

  7. John DeFlumeri jr Says:

    Those are thought-provoking ideas for adult gifts.
    Good causes deserve our generosity.

    John DeFlumeri Jr

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