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Gift idea

December 14th, 2008 at 01:04 pm

I'm not a Christmas fan. Never have been and probably never will be. It isn't "The Spirit of Christmas" I dislike, it's the commercialism. Around here they started Christmas late last July, trees grew from concrete floors, red and green infected the grocery store aisles, decorations hung from ceilings, ect ect ect.

That said, I think I have came up with a gift idea I can live with. For the first few years of my marriage we did the gifting for everyone (read stressful), a few years ago we gave up on that and went to cash/gift cards (read argumentative).

This year we are going to try something different. All our "gifts" will still be cash/gift cards, but with a twist. We're going to give each child, Parent and sibling their expected *sigh* amount, and we will donate an equal amount to a Charity that matches their personality. The donations will be made in their names.

I know this will double my Christmas total and the money could be better used for paying down bills. But I'm hoping that the simple act of giving will help me with my "Christmas Spirit".

4 Responses to “Gift idea”

  1. Amber Says:

    Giving to charity is always a great idea...good for you

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    What a neat idea! Good for you!

  3. Dawn Says:

    Be careful that the gift cards you give are for stores that won't go out of business.

    I really like the idea of matching the charity contribution to the personality of the giftee. That sounds like fun and i bet you could get real creative. There are so many intereting little charities.

  4. Brian Says:

    I do something similar, except I use kiva.org. Give the individual the chance to give out their own microloans to developing countries. Interesting take on giving.

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