Monday, December 12, 2011

Gift guidance, part deux

[Pounou ♥'s you]

Folks, the gift season is in full force, so here are some of my go-to gift sources in times of uncertainty:

Picture products: Companies like Snapfish, Photobucket, and Shutterfly allow you to print pictures on a wide variety of products (mugs, aprons, t-shirts, etc.). They offer expedited shipping -- as well as gifts that are both useful and meaningful.

Books: A beautiful book based on the recipient’s interests always does the trick. If you can, splurge for the hard cover book; it lasts longer. Regardless, make sure to inscribe the first page with a thoughtful message!

Items that promote a cause: These days there are so many products that are endorsed by charitable causes. So when there’s a choice between a plain steel KitchenAid and a pink one, go for the one that benefits breast cancer research. Or when there are two chocolate options side by side, choose whichever one goes somewhere other than your waistline! (The salty turtles from H.E.L.P.are my favorite!)  This seems self-evident, but make sure to really get in the holiday spirit and give

Memberships and subscriptions: Museum memberships or subscriptions to magazines, Netflix, baseball season tickets, and even dessert clubs (like this one) can make a great gift for someone who has it all. They provide activity that you and your giftee may even be able to enjoy together.

For more gift ideas, visit the Folded Victory e-gift shop. It’s a collection of things I find special: tableware, chocolate boxes, Italian sauces, etc. Otherwise, there’s some of my favorite things, my mom's e-shop! 

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