gift ideas http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11440/all en-US 11 Last Minute Gifts for Book Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gifts-for-book-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-last-minute-gifts-for-book-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_ereader_000061712456.jpg" alt="Woman getting last minute gift for book lovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shoot! Christmas is in... how many days now?</p> <p>If you haven't started shopping yet, rest assured that it's easy to get a fun, last-minute gift for everyone on your list who loves to read. My personal favorites are below. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Journal of the Month</h2> <p>Most book lovers like to keep up with literary trends and read new works by their favorite authors and up-and-comers. Feed this need with a subscription to the <a href="https://journalofthemonth.com/">Journal of the Month</a> club, which will deliver an award-winning literary journal right to their door. Give the recipient a card letting them know when their first shipment will come, and you've got a gift for your book lover covered in a matter of minutes.</p> <h2>2. Bookish Temporary Tattoos</h2> <p>If your book lover is a fan of the classics (and what true book lover isn't?), get them some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00II990TC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00II990TC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HMEXDTDR24RPHVWX">temporary tattoos</a> featuring quotations or references from their favorite book. They're inexpensive, well-made, and as classy as a temporary tattoo can be.</p> <h2>3. Personalized Bookmark</h2> <p>Show your love with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TSGAFA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007TSGAFA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5ABYVM3GSQLU32BJ">leather bookmark</a> &mdash; you can even add your own photo. Sure, you may have to spring for fast shipping (though I've seen these in my local bookstore, too), but leather always says you're serious.</p> <h2>4. A Book of Literary Cocktails</h2> <p>Does your book lover have classic taste in drinks as well as in literature? Get them a copy of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762448652/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0762448652&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BF3ZO3XWF2GROUWB">Tequila Mockingbird</a>, a book of cocktails based on classic literary works. You can usually pick one up at your local Barnes &amp; Noble, or order online with expedited shipping. Pair it with the necessary ingredients for one of the cocktails, and your book lover will be in heaven.</p> <h2>5. A Bookish Tote Bag</h2> <p>There are approximately a zillion fun bookish tote bags out there. Get one that looks like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KGKQ3ZU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KGKQ3ZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QFLOZUA6PMASJ5B7">library card</a>, or one that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FN2DENA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FN2DENA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EW64GCTCNPCDTVBG">lists banned classics</a> from throughout history. You can always order one (just make sure it will get to you before Christmas), but the great thing about these is that you can always pick one up at your local bookstore.</p> <h2>6. Classic Hidden Book Box</h2> <p>Who hasn't wanted one of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W4BDO2E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00W4BDO2E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PRIA6K5IZ3PWET2K">book safes</a> that you can hide in your library and stuff full of cash, keys, or other treasures? No book lover in the world, that's who. Get them one with the cover of their favorite book, or with a cover so innocuous no one would ever suspect it.</p> <h2>7. USB Drive With 3,000 Classic Books</h2> <p>Sure, most classic ebooks are available online for free, but save your book lover the time and energy it would take to download them and buy this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D5YPV66/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D5YPV66&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CX5V2WHOHWEKS2X4">handy USB drive</a> instead. It comes loaded with more classics than your book lover will probably read in their entire lifetime.</p> <h2>8. A Novel Journal</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1626863415/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1626863415&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=J4J2JOBBDIBLBEAJ">Novel Journal</a> makes a great gift for your favorite reader. These journals have the text of entire novels written very, very tiny print, making up the lines your journaler will write on. Find one with the text of a book by the reader's favorite author, and maybe they'll finally be inspired to write their own novel.</p> <h2>9. Creative Bookends</h2> <p>There is no shortage of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?node=3735111">creative bookends</a> out there, so it should be a simple manner of browsing for a few minutes to find one that will suit your book lover. You can find bookends in a lot of different stores, too, if you don't want to order online.</p> <h2>10. Audible Membership</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/1NU7PN9">Audible</a> is the place to go to find the best audiobooks. If your book lover likes to listen to their literature as well as read it, get them several months or a year's subscription. This lets them choose their own books, but still shows that you care (and that you've noticed how much they love to read).</p> <h2>11. Gift Certificate to a Local Bookstore</h2> <p>If nothing else will work, give your book lover the chance to buy their own bookish stuff. A gift certificate to a local bookstore supports a local business as well as presenting your reader with exactly what they wanted (trust me on that one!).</p> <p><em>Did I miss anything good? What are you buying your book lover this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gifts-for-book-lovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-last-minute-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">25 Last Minute Gifts That Keep on Giving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-unique-gift-ideas-for-women">47 Unique Gift Ideas for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-holiday-season-costs-everyone-always-forgets-about">13 Holiday-Season Costs Everyone Always Forgets About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping book lovers bookworms Christmas gift guides gift ideas Holidays Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1621619 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Easy Mason Jar Gifts You Can Make http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mason_jars_gifts_000046411370.jpg" alt="Creating easy mason jar gifts you can DIY" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A gift in a mason jar is unique, heartfelt, affordable, and easy-to-make. We've found some of the best mason jar gift ideas that will meet all your gift-giving needs this season.</p> <h2>1. Food Mixes</h2> <p>This is the easiest way to gift homemade cookies or other sweet treats. Layer all of the dry ingredients for a recipe inside a mason jar, and simply tie the recipe card to the top. The ingredients will look beautiful stacked up, and the person receiving the gift can just add the necessary wet ingredients when they're ready to enjoy.</p> <p>You can also package completed food items (like cookies) in a decorative mason jar. Get really creative with store-bought goodies, like making snowman and Santa-inspired <a href="http://www.thehappyhomebodies.com/2010/12/secret-santa-cookie-deliveries.html">Oreo and Nutter Butter treats</a>.</p> <p>Some other delicious mason jar treat ideas include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2012/12/diy-gift-guide-gingerbread-in-a-jar/">Cookies</a></li> <li><a href="http://mommyknows.com/how-to-rainbow-cupcakes-in-a-jar/">Cupcakes</a></li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10646/brownie-mix-in-a-jar-ii/">Brownies</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/smores-in-a-jar/">S'mores</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/need-a-lastminute-gift-diy-holiday-mason-jars">Bark mix</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/mason-jar-popcorn-favors-photo">Popcorn</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/puppy-chow#.auN4Z5Qwn">Puppy chow</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2013/11/22/granola-breakfast-in-a-mason-jar-recipe/">Granola</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/honey-orange-butter#.dtJ96wl4o">Flavored butter</a></li> <li><a href="http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-vanilla-extract-works-for-me.html">Flavored extract</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cinnamon-pancake-mix-jar">Pancake mix</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/quick-bread-in-a-bottle">Bread</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a10714/curried-lentil-soup-december-recipes/">Soup</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/salty-caramel-bourbon-sauce#.kw8APnm39">Sauces</a></li> </ul> <h2>2. Drink Mixes</h2> <p>Either make the drink and pour it into a decorative mason jar, or include all of the dry ingredients so the recipient can just add water, milk, or liquor. Wrap a &quot;Drink Me&quot; label around the top for added flare. Some of the best drinks to give in a mason jar include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://taracooks.com/?p=2632">Spiced tea or cider</a></li> <li><a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2011/12/diy-gift-guide-sweetness-in-a-jar/">Hot chocolate</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.inthekitchenwithkp.com/recipes/homemade-peppermint-mocha-mix-jar">Peppermint mocha</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/cappuccino-mix-in-a-jar-680">Cappuccino</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.carbon-footprint-defined.com/mulled-wine-recipe.html">Mulled wine</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/how-to-make-a-chai-tea-kit-to-give-as-a-gift#.kmWK1PGr6">Chai tea</a></li> <li><a href="http://somethingturquoise.com/2015/05/15/mason-jar-bloody-mary-gift-and-spice-recipe/">Bloody Mary mix</a></li> </ul> <h2>3. Canned and Jarred Items</h2> <p>Canning and jarring may be easy, but most people don't want to invest the time or energy. Consider making a big batch of jam, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, mulled cherries, or canned preserves so you can share some with your loved ones.</p> <h2>4. Travel Cups</h2> <p>One of the many uses of a mason jar includes an impromptu travel snack cup or drink mug. You can decorate the jar however you like, and can even personalize it for the person receiving the gift. You can even craft a <a href="http://myfrugaladventures.com/2014/05/how-to-make-diy-mason-jar-cups/">hole for the straw</a> so that you can sip on the go.</p> <h2>5. Decorative Vases</h2> <p>Paint the jar with glitter and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IKES5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001IKES5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4PTZXGLC6AVARUUB">mod podge</a> to <a href="https://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-rocks-golden-glitter-keys-mason-jars/5323/project.htm">create unique designs</a>, which can also double as a luminary or pen holder. Add things like twine, wooden labels, ribbon, and buttons for added personality. You can also mod podge things like sheet music or comic books pages around the outside for a truly unique gift. Cover the jar in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RMPLJ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RMPLJ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DDSO6RNS2G4SIPMS">chalkboard paint</a> instead for some cute vintage flair!</p> <h2>6. Candles or Luminaries</h2> <p>Did you know can make <a href="http://gardentherapy.ca/flower-jar-candles/">candles in a mason jar</a>, which you can scent, color, and decorate in any way you like? If you don't like the idea of pouring hot wax, consider transforming the jar into a glass lantern, <a href="http://www.createcraftlove.com/mason-jar-fall-luminary/">decorative luminary</a>, or <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2011/11/19/diy-holiday-decor-for-less-than-15/">candle holder</a> instead. Or just fill the jar with a string of small sparkling lights for a unique lighting effect.</p> <h2>7. Terrariums and Snow Globes</h2> <p>Mason jars are spacious enough to fit terrariums and even <a href="http://eatandrelish.com/tag/diy/">snow globes</a>. Create a whole scene, a scrapbook jar, or an ode to a <a href="http://masonjarcraftslove.com/vacation-memory-jar/">family memory</a>. You can even use it to house a gift card, which is cute, affordable, and will show that you took the time to create a unique gift.</p> <h2>8. Soap Dispensers</h2> <p>Turn any mason jar into a soap dispenser or lotion container. Fill it with DIY soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, or other personal items. You can even make your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">laundry detergent</a> to use at home or share with your friends.</p> <h2>9. DIY Air Fresheners</h2> <p>Consider making your own DIY air freshener or <a href="http://www.thehappierhomemaker.com/2013/10/the-scent-of-fall-simmering-pot-recipe/#_a5y_p=1021107">simmered potpourri</a>, beautifully housed in a decorated mason jar. You can simmer the potpourri yourself or you can prepare a jar of mulling spices, so the recipient can heat it on their stovetop at home. Some of the best holiday items to simmer include oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, apples, and vanilla.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to use mason jars? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Never fear. We've gathered some of the most clever, unique gift ideas for every guy in your life!</p> <h2>1. Upgrade the Essentials</h2> <p>Every man loves the essentials, so see if you can upgrade his favorite <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QGBNZVI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00QGBNZVI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BPUQAZGX6G37KZMX">flashlight</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WU9LCQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WU9LCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=L33WFMKUKBIFJTA4">tool kit</a>, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004YVB2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004YVB2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WNLKAM26IW3TDD5K">Swiss army knife</a>. You can also replace an item he uses most often, such as a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;keywords=wallet&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1446151095&amp;rh=n%3A7141123011%2Cn%3A7147441011%2Ck%3Awallet&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YBU475WJAFUSUT2R">wallet</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=belt&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=n%3A7147441011%2Ck%3Abelt&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dfashion-mens&amp;linkId=GNOKCBEF3EHHICVZ">belt</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=wallet&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=F4RDX7PNFX5WSTEQ">watch</a>, or some stylish <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=cufflinks&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acufflinks&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=PIA3M2VNBBMJ7LJI">cufflinks</a>.</p> <p>If you want to give his car a little upgrade, consider a fun <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011MM5ULS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B011MM5ULS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LAK6F5LIYKPNURBG">USB car charger</a>. If he lives in a cold climate, consider unique cold weather must-haves, such as a fun <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049XHPA2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0049XHPA2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PNVGRBJT7LIYCQZN">ski mask</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0159YBL5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0159YBL5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BZYOO7DZRGKH6XTJ">texting gloves</a>, or a wireless <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJXYCA8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00OJXYCA8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C64Z6CL3645Z446B">Bluetooth-enabled beanie</a>. You can even get him a handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G671UD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00G671UD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IMCWCYIWSFWDIBTA">leather valet tray</a>, where he can handsomely store all of his new essentials.</p> <h2>2. Improve His Morning Routine</h2> <p>Get him a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004L4EING/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004L4EING&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EDSFSGM2L7TKFY46">shaving kit</a>, or DIY your own with things like after-shave, shaving cream, and a new razor. Top off his shaving routine with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M6AS4M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003M6AS4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HQDJO2TMLNY5OE3D">fog free shower mirror</a>. Spice up his morning even more with some colorful <a href="https://www.meundies.com">boxer briefs</a> or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005R2FAFQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005R2FAFQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RWRP4SMVHZ42BSQF">unique tie</a>. And at the end of a long day, what man wouldn't love some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085NX4SE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0085NX4SE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7EXVUOSKAN6XFVKN">ultra-comfortable pajamas</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=men%20slippers&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amen%20slippers&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=H57ZIRJIVBDGTNZ6">slippers</a> to relax in?</p> <h2>3. Find Techie Treats</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011HT9AL2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B011HT9AL2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PBWI5IIIYHTQQLXW">key finder</a> can help him track his keys, phone, or other easily-misplaced items. It might be fun to get him a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR26TUO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MR26TUO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JHD7SQYSJURH52GX">virtual keyboard</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IAZIU5Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IAZIU5Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NMFNHKHXGWHIITKI">USB outlet</a>, upgraded <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CFMO0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009CFMO0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JMV62W2N3MI6PECP">charging dock</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WX1LXGO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00WX1LXGO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QTY3TTW3X6C7KFVQ">smartphone projector</a>, unique <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=ipad%20case&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=7ZA3LJRULKY2TRJT">iPad case</a>, fun <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9MBRGS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H9MBRGS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DYW6PTTB56GTAOYC">glowing tie</a>, or other new accessories for his favorite handheld electronics. The sky's the limit!</p> <h2>4. Upgrade His Bar or Kitchen</h2> <p>If he likes to entertain, spruce up his bar with a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BY6BILO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BY6BILO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LYDVGCKDEQJYW6ZM">drink dispenser</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FHMICG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005FHMICG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CNCYRYDQ6H7C2BIO">shot glass</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H57SULM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H57SULM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=P2WAJQKQA3QRWRMS">portable drink chiller</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M2ZPJAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M2ZPJAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KUKOICQXT4DE7URX">glowing coasters</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D78RPU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005D78RPU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FUQP32FEEP4EZ4TI">whiskey chilling stones</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006HP7GA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006HP7GA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PHXYCHIV6CGKTD76">ice cube makers</a>. If he's into cooking, consider purchasing him a brand new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=knife%20set&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1446234891&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A284507%2Cn%3A289851%2Cn%3A409670%2Ck%3Aknife%20set&amp;rnid=1063498&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MAK2QSZEKB6IITW7">knife block</a> for his culinary creations. Or, get creative with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006M64H7S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006M64H7S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OVDZBFKLK5BZREAF">molecular gastronomy kit</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZKY7PU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004ZKY7PU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LEGILUHZFEYY2OEZ">cocktail mixology kit</a>, or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MH4H780/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MH4H780&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OQYZR6MTBJC6VQOH">flavoring and aroma pairing kit</a>.</p> <h2>5. Find Something Meaningful</h2> <p>If he's been a little stressed lately, how about some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XY8OOM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XY8OOM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MDPPUG4USDG2M7DS">stress relief balls</a> to play with? If he's a beer connoisseur, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003SSFG7I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003SSFG7I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PYOOMMRCVM77OZUJ">home brew kit</a> can be a great new hobby to explore. For the non-beer lovers, you could also purchase a unique aged drink or liquor with a decorative label. If he likes it spicy, get him a sampler of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G6I14Y6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00G6I14Y6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OPQNZLEXUIVNQIXW">best hot sauces</a> and put his taste buds to the test.</p> <h2>6. Appeal to His Inner Child</h2> <p>Certain items are usually meant for children, but will also appeal to adults &mdash; like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F23M6I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004F23M6I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LZEFXTV3QL5XC6F6">world's smallest walkie talkies</a>! Video games, Star Wars and Star Trek paraphernalia, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=marvel&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=DDASX2IZHOFIVWRO">Marvel comics stuff</a> are big hits with men of all ages. Graphic novels are another great way to appeal to his inner child while still giving him a good adult read. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401229697/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1401229697&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WYMF6A3NPVKASWQK">Daytripper</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401245250/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1401245250&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NINIHRQ5X3FMYUIR">Watchmen</a> have mature adult themes, but will still give him that old comic book feel.</p> <h2>7. Find Unique Sports Items</h2> <p>Embrace his sports obsession with a jersey or paraphernalia from his favorite team. You can also get him moving with a super fun <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ7B0MS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ7B0MS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=URTR5Z5ZLAO3R4WZ">portable table tennis set</a>. If he enjoys golf, think outside of the box with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007N892TC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007N892TC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6IRO3I7CXL5ENDTX">personalized golf balls</a> or a unique <a href="http://www.mancrates.com/crates/golf">golfer's crate</a>. Is tailgating his thing? Grab him a handy two-in-one <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EZRH5Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EZRH5Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BZLHGBYTQL3KXZOD">cooler stool</a>. Campers and outdoor-lovers may enjoy survival gear, like an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WIF2T7C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00WIF2T7C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7RF4P3WHSJXG44VP">emergency radio</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VPTKQ7M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00VPTKQ7M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GWKKMT435OGRFQGG">lantern</a>, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034C6GDG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034C6GDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YPNKUQNLZRKU4GYF">hand warmer</a>.</p> <h2>8. Subscription Boxes</h2> <p>Subscription boxes are definitely in right now, and they're a great gift option for someone who pretty much has it all. If he's a beer-drinker, consider signing him up for a <a href="http://www.greatclubs.com/beer-of-the-month-club/?AID=5810855&amp;PID=3995128&amp;SID=beer">beer of the month club</a>. For the foodie in your life, something like <a href="https://www.blueapron.com/">Blue Apron</a> will deliver fresh ingredients and recipes right to his door. <a href="https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/">Dollar Shave Club</a> and <a href="https://www.birchbox.com/men/shop">Birchbox</a> are great for the man who takes personal care seriously. And <a href="https://www.scentbird.com/men?ref=producthunt">Scentbird</a> is perfect if you can't decide on what cologne to get. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-monthly-subscription-box-services?ref=seealso">The 10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes</a>)</p> <h2>9. Gift Cards</h2> <p>Gift cards can be the easiest route when you're truly stumped by a man who's tough to shop for. Best of all, it will allow him to choose exactly what he wants, so he's sure to be happy.</p> <p>Don't forget you can also give an experience! For example, consider a gift card for Dave &amp; Buster's, Ripley's Believe It or Not, a show or live experience nearby, or to his favorite massage parlor. You can also make the card extra special by finding a unique way to display it, such as in a DIY mason jar snow globe, hidden in a small stocking, or wrapped in a large box with tons of tissue paper (he'll be guessing what it is all day).</p> <h2>10. Get Creative</h2> <p>DIY gifts are a great way to save money, show off your creativity, and give something truly unique. Edible gifts are often a safe bet and you can even give him the recipe so he can replicate it himself. When all else fails, you can always transform him into his own <a href="http://www.iamastuffedanimal.com/thisiswhyimbroke/">stuffed buddy</a> for a truly unique (and funny) gift. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>11. Focus on the Bestsellers</h2> <p>Most men's gifts can be found in key areas of the store or online. When in doubt, search for the following umbrella categories to find some fun related gifts:</p> <ul> <li>Grilling</li> <li>Cooking</li> <li>Food</li> <li>Outdoors</li> <li>Sports</li> <li>Golfing</li> <li>Personal Care</li> <li>Tools</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you have other unique gift ideas for the man who has everything? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-unique-gift-ideas-for-men">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some fantastic articles on frugal Father's Day gift ideas, tips that will save you hundreds on your next trip, and ways to save on your beauty regimens.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas/">Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; Cleaning your dad's car or giving him the day off are two great frugal Father's Day gift ideas. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 Tips That'll Save You Hunderds on Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; To save money on your next trip, check out underrated places and buy your tickets at the right time. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/4-ways-to-save-on-your-beauty-and-health-regimens-0613/">4 Ways to Save on Your Beauty and Health Regimens</a> &mdash; Eliminating pricey face creams can help you save on your beauty and health regimens. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/node/28230">A newlyweds' guide to personal finance</a> &mdash; If you are getting married, have a wedding and honeymoon you can afford. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/poorly-managed-finances/">Warning Signs of Poorly Managed Finances</a> &mdash; Are you using payday loans or do you have uncontrolled credit card spending? Chances are you have poorly managed finances. [Joe Taxpayer Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-can-i-pay-off-my-student-loan-faster-3-programs-to-help/">How Can I Pay Off My Student Loans Faster? 3 Programs to Help</a> &mdash; SaveUp can help you pay off your student loans faster by giving you incentives to pay off your debts. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2006/02/six_ways_to_cut.html">Six Ways to Cut Mortgage Costs</a> &mdash; Making a down payment of at least 20% can help you cut mortgage costs. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/05/college-dropout-rates-around-the-world/">College Dropout Rates Around The World</a> &mdash; Did you know the United States has the highest college dropout rate in the world? [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2013/06/reasons-behind-denied-life-insurance-claims-and-what-to-do-about-it/">Reasons behind denied life insurance claims - and what to do if you are denied</a> &mdash; If you are denied your life insurance claim, it may be because of a policy exclusion. [DINKS Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/15-quiet-ways-kids-can-entertain-themselves-this-summer">21 Ways Kids Can Entertain Themselves This Summer</a> &mdash; To stay entertained this summer, kids can play board games or keep a journal. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips Father's Day frugal gift ideas gifts Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 977937 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Ways to Say Thanks http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-say-thanks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thank_you_flower.jpg" alt="Thank-you flower" title="Thank-you flower" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Thank you.&quot;</p> <p>Those two little words (or &quot;thanks&quot; if you want to be quick about it) can mean a lot. Or, depending on how you wield them, they can mean almost nothing. Just like&nbsp;&quot;How are you?&quot; or &quot;I love you,&quot; &quot;Thank you&quot; is a phrase that can hold great weight or have all the heft and permanence of a morning fog.</p> <p>I've been thinking recently about how I say thank you. Like many people, I was taught growing up that when someone gave me a birthday or Christmas gift, I had to send that person a thank-you note. Writing those notes a child, I don't remember thinking much about how I was actually thankful for the gifts; rather, I considered the process of writing thank-you notes akin to brushing your hair. It wasn't something I wanted to do, but it was one of those things that people just <em>did</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Recently, though, I have both received some thanks that really touched me and wanted to show my appreciation to people in a way that resonated, which led me to compiling the list below. With every single one of these ideas, I would say there are two important things to always keep in mind: Be sincere and show that you care, just as someone recently cared for you.&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments">You're Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments</a>)</p> <h3>1. Write a Note</h3> <p>For all of my grumbling about writing thank-you notes as a child, I believe that a considered, personal thank-you note is almost always a great way to show gratitude &mdash; especially if it's written on real, made-from-wood-pulp paper. Saying thanks over email or in an e-card is increasingly prevalent because it's easy. But the effort it takes to make or buy a card, or even just write on a piece of lined paper, shows that you really care.</p> <h3>2. Give Food</h3> <p>Sweet or savory, homemade or store-bought, food is always a good way to say thanks. Whether you're making dinner or buying cookies, do what you can to find out what the person you're thanking likes. While the gesture is still, erhm, &quot;sweet,&quot; your thank you will be a little awkward if you make peanut-butter cookies for someone with a peanut allergy.</p> <h3>3. Clean Something</h3> <p>A room, a car, a house, a dog &mdash; the gift of your time and elbow grease is a great way to show your appreciation.</p> <h3>4. Return Items in Better Condition Than When You Borrowed Them</h3> <p>If someone lent you something, show how much you appreciate it by taking better-than-good care of it. Similarly, if you were given something in borrowed Tupperware, return it with food in it (and I'm not talking about old leftovers).</p> <h3>5. Say It as a Surprise</h3> <p>One of the sweetest thanks I ever heard of was from an old college classmate. While we were working in the photo lab one day, she reached in her pocket and pulled out a note her boyfriend had put there for her to find.</p> <h3>6. Say It in Public</h3> <p>Everyone likes to be recognized (well, most of the time &mdash; please don't surround me in a circle of clapping waitstaff if I am celebrating my birthday at your restaurant). Whether at work, on your blog, or in front of a group of friends or family, share why you're thankful for the person or people.</p> <h3>7. Return the Favor</h3> <p>Performing favors shouldn't be an eye-for-an-eye situation, but if someone gave you a ride, watched your kids, or helped you out in another way, do the same or look for another favor you could do.</p> <h3>8. Give a Little Gift Card</h3> <p>Give an unexpected gift card of $5 or $10 to a coffee shop or bookstore. Just don't purchase a little gift card to something like an expensive restaurant. That's like saying, &quot;Thanks, now go spend a lot of your own money to use this gift.&quot; Kind of weird.</p> <h3>9. Pick Up the Bill</h3> <p>If you're out for coffee or a meal, pay the tab.</p> <h3>10. Say It on the Phone</h3> <p>Hearing someone's voice can be powerful. Call before you email.</p> <h3>11. Do It Face-to-Face</h3> <p>Even better than on the phone, say thank you face-to-face. Showing that you're making an effort is touching.</p> <h3>12. Donate to a Charity</h3> <p>Instead of spending money directly on the person you'd like to thank, donate that money to the person's favorite charity in his or her name.</p> <h3>13. Be Happy</h3> <p>Did someone do something that made you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-happy">happy</a>? Say it, and show it. There are plenty of other times to whine and worry. Remember to be grateful and enjoy what you were given, and the person will be happy that he was able to brighten your day.</p> <h3>14. Organize Others</h3> <p>If you're part of a group thanking an individual or another group, be the one to organize everyone, whether it's all signing a card, pitching in for a gift, or arranging a get-together. Don't wait for someone else to do it. If you're not the person who &quot;should be&quot; in charge of such a rally, reach out to the person who would be (such as a boss) and ask if you can arrange something. There's a good chance that person will agree &mdash; and be thankful someone else it taking care of it.</p> <h3>15. Give an Award</h3> <p>This can be as big and serious or as easy and silly as you want. On the easy and silly side, draw a certificate, create a trophy by gluing together thrift-store finds, or buy an award ribbon &mdash; many designs are available for around a dollar at party stores.</p> <h3>16. Take a Picture</h3> <p>Snap a picture showing how you're using someone's gift, and send it over in an email or a card.</p> <h3>17. Make a Recommendation</h3> <p>If a coworker really came through for you, tell her boss or offer a recommendation on LinkedIn. You might just help her get a raise, promotion, or new job.</p> <h3>18. Teach a Skill</h3> <p>Offer to teach something you know, whether it's cooking, knitting, or something less practical but amusing like how to say curse words in another language.</p> <h3>19. Pay It Forward</h3> <p>Say thanks by doing something nice for someone else. This isn't the most direct thank you, because you certainly don't want to go reporting your good deed back to the person who did something for you and sound like you're looking for approval.</p> <h3>20. Make Art</h3> <p>Find a decorative way to say thanks. This can be as intensive or as easy as you like, from cross-stitching and framing a thank-you note (you crafty person, you), to drawing a doodle that someone could tack up in a cubicle.</p> <h3>21. Give Flowers</h3> <p>Flowers are unnecessary, temporary, and certainly not useful &mdash; but that's part of why I love them as a thank-you gift. They're absolutely lovely to have around and an indulgence that most people never purchase for themselves. Plus, since they have a limited life, flowers won't sit around adding to an accumulation of stuff. You can also go the long-lasting route and buy a small potted plant like an African Violet or even an herb for the kitchen.</p> <h3>22. Ask About Needs</h3> <p>While it might ruin the element of surprise, asking people what they need also ensures that you're giving them something they really could use.</p> <h3>23. Give Something Useful</h3> <p>Too often, thank-you gifts are needless stuff that while appreciated, just tends to accumulate. Instead, say thanks by giving something that can be used. I've received <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/urban-green-reusable-shopping-bags-for-folks-on-the-move">reusable shopping bags</a> as wedding favors, awesome metal water bottles from employers, and a personalized notebook from a friend.</p> <h3>24. Make Time</h3> <p>Schedules are hectic. There is always, always something else to do. Simply making time for a person &mdash; to talk, to help out, to even just watch a movie together &mdash; is a great way to show that you care.</p> <h3>25. Just Say It</h3> <p>While I love meaningful, considered thanks, be careful not to over-think it. If you hem and haw too long about how to thank someone, there's always the risk that you just won't. Even if it's just an email, or a moment while you walk by in the hallway, let people know how much you appreciate what they did.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite way to say thanks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-importance-of-friendly-letters">The Importance of Friendly Letters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-funny-christmas-gifts">My 5 Favorite Funny Christmas Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips appreciation gift ideas thank you cards thankfulness Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:36:33 +0000 Meg Favreau 495634 at http://www.wisebread.com My 5 Favorite Funny Christmas Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-funny-christmas-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-5-favorite-funny-christmas-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004883998XSmall.jpg" alt="Fruitcake" title="Fruitcake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I got a lot of great stuff for Christmas.&nbsp;Some items were standouts. There were beautiful, seriously thought-out items, which I will treasure. And then there were the ones that made me laugh out loud. If you want to start buying for 2011 already, I have saved you some trouble. Get these:</p> <h2>A Fireplace DVD</h2> <p>Go ahead and laugh.&nbsp;Get it out of your system. I love this DVD. Even though we live in temperatures that average in the 80s, I miss having a fireplace during the holidays. There is something really cozy about sitting near the fire with a good book. That, my friends, is why the <em>Cozy, Cracklin&rsquo; Fireplace</em> DVD became one of my favorite gifts this year. You just pop it into your DVD player, and the logs burn down. It has hissing and crackling noises too. Mine has the option of Christmas carols or Mozart in the background, but I am happy with the snappy fire noise. </p> <p>I know what you are thinking: <em>Omigod, she is so tacky</em>. Yes. Agreed. No contest. I read the comments about these DVDs on Amazon, though, and I am not alone in my quest for fire. Lots of people like me find you can &ldquo;feel&rdquo; warmth coming from the screen. If you live somewhere without a fireplace, and you long for the reassuring ambiance of a hearth fire, this is a frugal person&rsquo;s dream. There is also no need to buy (or cut and split) firewood, stack firewood, check the woodpile for spiders, haul wood inside, clean up soot, or wreck your rug with hot embers. I love it. </p> <p>Here is a shopping tip, though. There are an unbelievable number of different fireplace DVDs on the market. Because I had dropped a last-minute hint, my husband shopped everywhere and the only one he was able to find locally was <em>Cozy, Crackln&rsquo; Fireplace.</em> But with all of this warning, you have the luxury of shopping at online retailers like Amazon.com and reading descriptions, ratings, and reviews to find the best version for your special someone.</p> <h2>Fruitcake</h2> <p>Are you still one of those &ldquo;I hate fruitcake&rdquo; people? Give it UP! I am not talking about the kind of fruitcake that our aged neighbor pulled out of her freezer and gave to us last year (&quot;I&rsquo;m not sure where I got this, or, um, when...&quot;). This was <a href="http://www.harryanddavid.com">Harry &amp; David</a> fruitcake, resplendent with chunks of dried fruit and nuts.&nbsp;Even my husband, who previously suffered from &ldquo;I hate fruitcake&rdquo; syndrome, had to admit it is delicious.</p> <h2>The <em>Hawaii Cook Book</em></h2> <p>Those of you who share my love of thrift stores would enjoy this book from 1965. My friend Betsy knew I would dig it. Anyone for &ldquo;Fish and Yam Fritters&rdquo; or &ldquo;Poi Muffins&rdquo;? This is a treasure, and it reminds me that I should comb more thrift stores for classic cookbooks. They make fun gifts.</p> <h2>Marshmallow Shooters</h2> <p>These are a HOT item here on the Island. Yes, we do have TV...but load up your camo-painted PVC pipe with a mini-marshmallow, pop someone in the eye, and you will soon understand why you cannot find mini-marshmallows for your baked yams around here at Christmas. You can <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Marshmallow-Gun">make your own shooters</a> or buy them online.</p> <h2>Farkle</h2> <p>After buying the neighbor boys a Yahtzee game at our local big-box retailer, my husband found a dice game with the rather bizarre name of &ldquo;Farkle&rdquo; (Patch Products, Inc.). I suppose that is really no odder than &ldquo;Yahtzee.&rdquo; Anyway, he decided we needed to learn how to Farkle. It is really fun, and I am not saying that because I just beat him 10,000 to 4,300. It is just something about the word, as in, &ldquo;Ha ha, you just Farkled.&rdquo; Saying it never gets old (well, yet).</p> <p>There you have it, readers, my five hot tips. Get ready for 2011. Can anybody beat THIS&nbsp;stuff? If you can, I would love to read about it in the comments.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-funny-christmas-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-dress-like-don-draper-on-the-cheap">This Is How You Dress Like Don Draper on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-goodwill-the-different-types-of-thrift-stores">Beyond Goodwill: The Different Types of Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Shopping cake Christmas gifts funny games gift ideas thrift stores Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:00:13 +0000 Marla Walters 424508 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15 http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gifts-90094745.jpg" alt="gifts" title="gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s that time again. You think you&rsquo;ve got presents for everyone on your list, but somehow you forgot Great Aunt Noonie. Or your neighbor pops over with a gift and now you want to return the sentiment. What do you get? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>The internet is usually my first resource for finding gifts, but now you have the dreaded shipping-and-handling issue to deal with. Sure, you could get it in time, but pay through the nose to get it overnighted. Plus, the stores are emptying faster than a beer keg at a frat party. But don&rsquo;t despair.</p> <p>Here are ten last-minute gift ideas that can help you spread some cheer without giving yourself an ulcer in the process.</p> <h2>1. Magazine Subscriptions</h2> <p>There are many places to buy these, including <a href="http://www.amazon.com/magazines/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=599858&amp;pf_rd_i=magazines&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1287509222&amp;pf_rd_r=0YE218E9BSEDS0G8QFYH&amp;pf_rd_s=auto-sparkle&amp;pf_rd_t=301&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Amazon</a>. They can start from as little as $3 per year and will usually come with an e-card or printable gift card that you can pop in an envelope.</p> <h2>2. Apps</h2> <p>With the enormous popularity of the iPhone and other smartphones, it makes sense that gifts for these phones are also increasing in number. <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/22/apple_adds_gift_this_app_option_to_app_store.html ">You can now buy apps as gifts</a>, with many apps giving you the option to &ldquo;gift this app.&rdquo; Most apps are well under $10, so maybe you can gift a few. You can also add a personalized message.</p> <h2>3. Cook Something</h2> <p>Well, that&rsquo;s a broad term, but nothing says you care like something home-made and delicious. From jams and jellies to cakes and cookies, they&rsquo;re usually something you can make within a day. Wrap them in something nice and wait for the smiles. It sure beats a tie. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">15 Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>4. The Re-Gift</h2> <p>I did a whole post on this, and while some people think it objectionable, most see it as a way to make someone happy with a gift that you personally don&rsquo;t like. One man&rsquo;s trash is another man&rsquo;s treasure, but you must of course <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">follow the re-gifting guidelines</a>.</p> <h2>5. Movies</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve had Netflix for a few years now, although recently it has come into its own thanks to instant streaming through the Wii and Roku. For just $7.99 for the first month, you can give someone the gift of a whole month of streaming movies. It&rsquo;s a little more for a month that includes DVDs, but it&rsquo;s still a great gift that can be delivered instantly via email. Amazon.com also offers <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dinstant-video">movies on demand</a>, and you can buy credits to use in the Movies On Demand section of Amazon. Again, it&rsquo;s instant and will be enjoyed by many over the holiday season.</p> <h2>6. iTunes Cash</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have time to run out and buy a CD, you can give your gift recipient a code that will let them download it themselves. Most albums are available through iTunes for $10, and the iTunes program will let you print the gift certificate, or email it to your friend or relative. Just go to the iTunes store and click the Buy iTunes Gifts button on the top right, under Quick Links.</p> <h2>7. Gift Cards</h2> <p>If music isn&rsquo;t their cup of tea, you can always pick up gift cards for a wide variety of stores from the checkouts of your local grocery stores. They start at $5 and show a little more thought than just throwing a few bills in an envelope.</p> <h2>8. Get Your Groupon</h2> <p>This is a double-whammy. Not only can you get something very quickly and print it out, but you also get huge savings. Groupon deals are different for every city but they are always worth checking it. For instance, at the time of writing this article, the <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> for my city, Denver, was a $30 meal at an Indian restaurant for just $15. Other regular Groupon deals include spa treatments, magazine subscriptions, dance classes and a lot more.</p> <h2>9. Get Artistic</h2> <p>This isn&rsquo;t for everyone, but then again, art is in the eye of the beholder. All you need is a little paint (or whatever else you have laying around) and something to paint on. You could go for the traditional canvas, they start at just a few dollars at places like Michaels and Joann&rsquo;s. You could decorate pottery. You could use fabric paint on a t-shirt. You can glue shells to bottles if you like. It&rsquo;s up to you. But it&rsquo;s unique, it shows you really care, and it&rsquo;s quick and inexpensive.</p> <h2>10. Facebook Credits</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s estimated that 1 in 2 American&rsquo;s now have a Facebook account. And games are one of the most popular features of this website. Of course, like most things in life, there can be costs associated with the fun, and many games have premium items associated with them.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For instance, my Achilles Heel is Bejeweled Blitz, and if I want extra credits for power-ups, I can pay for them. Other games even come with merchandise and collectibles. If you know someone who is hooked on Facebook games, the gift of Facebook Credits may go down very well. Target and Walmart both carry $10 Facebook Credits gift cards, and you can also buy them online for instant redemption.</p> <p>If you have any more ideas, please share. It is the season of giving after all. From everyone at Wise Bread, have a very happy and safe Holiday season.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning">10 Christmas Gifts You&#039;re Better Off Returning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-thoughtful-gifts-on-a-scrooge-like-budget">How to Give Thoughtful Gifts on a Scrooge-Like Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping gift ideas holiday gifts last minute presents product reviews Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:11:28 +0000 Paul Michael 406203 at http://www.wisebread.com Book 'Em This Season http://www.wisebread.com/book-em-this-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/book-em-this-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000003251995XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all remember where we were and what we were doing when we finished. We experienced the utter exhilaration, the awed silence, and the pining for more. It&rsquo;s a personal experience that we have each shared over a duration of time and were better off for it, mostly. Either way, it leaves an indelible impression, evoking some sort of emotion, and spawning years worth of conversations.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m talking about reading.</p> <p>Rarely in this day and age can you be this quiet and learned and intimate &mdash; the lost art that is a craft, one of the last crafts that delineates art.</p> <p>Based on how quick the words Internet Column became Web logging and that turned into blogging, we all know reading is changing and changing rapidly. I was reminded of this the other day. In this vein, I spied a recent discussion thread on a popular social networking site &mdash; let&rsquo;s call it <em>libro de cara</em> &mdash; where a nominally famous author and cultural critic said he was at a popular bookstore that rhymes with Carnes and Sobel and was perplexed about what to get for friends.</p> <p>Being the mischievous twit that I am, I suggested he buy a Kindle, then invite 12 friends over, for some wine, cheese and a little paragraph-paragraph pass action.</p> <p><em>No, No, that&rsquo;s two paragraphs and you let go of it, it&rsquo;s her turn &mdash; pass the Kindle before I get ugly off in here!</em></p> <p>I pondered this in the context of the Holiday Season we are now embroiled in and I thought what better time to just give away a book for Christmas. Not buy one &mdash; give one away that you already have and preferably, have already read.</p> <p>We all have a book sitting on our shelves that may or may not be in mint condition, but it may be in mint condition and if it is, then that&rsquo;s all the better. But this book sitting on our shelves changed our thinking, made us more well-rounded, made us mad, made us idealistic, made us cynical, but in all ways it enraptured us.</p> <p>Suggestion: If you care about a person or group of people, find some books that you&rsquo;ve read and taken care of and write a personalized note.</p> <p><em>Thought you might like this because&hellip;</em></p> <p><em>You're never look at things the same after you&hellip;</em></p> <p><em>I was such-and-such years old when I read this and I gotta tell you&hellip;</em></p> <p><em>This is right up your alley, literally the story begins in an alley&hellip;</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m talking about a book report, which is really the most original part of the gift. A book report, complete with the book itself, given to a grown person, impressionable teenager, spouse, office pal, whoever.</p> <p>Give it away because with this nearly no-cost gift, it&rsquo;s literally the thought that counts and if they read it, the impression will last longer than the new Halo or even that Pass-the-Kindle party you had &mdash; not to mention hundreds of dollars cheaper.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the deal: get a nice card and write a hand-written or neatly typed note, or make a book marker with a famous quote from the book or with a memory you shared with the gift recipient. Even better, if you have personal info and the person is a close friend, fill out a library card application and put it in the book. We all could use a trip there; they have DVDs and software rentals and Internet access for &mdash; gasp &mdash; free.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re gonna book &lsquo;em, here&rsquo;s a tip straight from Colonel Obvious &mdash; the Capitan has been promoted &mdash; the book should be &ldquo;pre-owned&rdquo; and not &ldquo;used&rdquo; if you know what I mean. It should be classic and antiquated but not archaic and asbestos-laden with the pages of ears like Golden Retrievers. Moreover, an overabundance of highlighted sharpie notes, saying &ldquo;I really like this part right here&rdquo; and &ldquo;I know riggggghhht,&rdquo; are equally unacceptable. Also on the don&rsquo;t-do-it list are literally swollen passages from when you thought it was cool to read under an umbrella in a warm thunderstorm.</p> <p>The book &lsquo;em initiative is really what the Holiday Season in general and Christmas is about &mdash; not just the giving of things, but of ideas, thoughts, experiences &mdash; things that make lasting impressions. It&rsquo;s about transcending the temporary December 25-31 gratification and compulsory euphoria of most consumer goods.</p> <p>Case in point, my son, who just turned four, four days before Christmas mind you, yawned when he got a new bike from me &mdash; literally yawned. But his eyes lit up like white-hot distance quasars when I gave him a considerably cheaper toy replica of a municipal bus line we&rsquo;d rode out to the park one day, and an accompanying book full of pictures of buses.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the spirit of this book &lsquo;em initiative. I don&rsquo;t remember half of what I got last year for Christmas, but I remember what I gave. I remember the priceless coffee table books and re-gifted children&rsquo;s books that were passed to me over the years for Christmas, the ponderings they inspired, and how it feels to read that last sentence.</p> <p>Feel me on this one people, I said, how it feels to read that last sentence &mdash; Happy Holidays.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-em-this-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-all-you-readers-out-there">For all you Readers out there</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-classic-personal-finance-books-you-must-read">The 8 Classic Personal Finance Books You Must Read</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-more-classic-personal-finance-books-you-must-read">8 More Classic Personal Finance Books You Must Read</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/read-for-free">Read for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-books-to-start-investing-today">The 3 Best Books to Start Investing Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure books gift ideas reading Wed, 23 Dec 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 4225 at http://www.wisebread.com Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-200329973-001.jpg" alt="gift" title="gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year for the past 20 years or so, I have exchanged gifts with my extended family including my parents and in-laws, who are now in their 80s. They&#39;ve accumulated what they need and want but I still enjoy finding a special gift for each of them. Here are gift ideas for the person who has or seems to have everything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving?ref=seealso">31 Gifts That Keep On Giving</a>)</p> <h2>Food</h2> <p>Though their pantries and freezers are often full, there&#39;s still room (or will be) for special treats, which aren&#39;t necessarily sweets but easy-to-prepare snacks or meals. Since my folks on both sides have wrestled with some health issues, I try to be sensitive but festive. Here are some ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Fresh nuts such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds. For the past few years, I&#39;ve ordered in bulk from <a href="http://www.atwellpecan.com/">Atwell Pecan Co.</a> in Georgia, which also has an online retail store with fancier, pricier gifts.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sugar-free chocolate. This gift may not sound like fun but can be great for those who must endure family get-togethers involving lots of sweets without indulging themselves. I&#39;ve sampled and enjoyed sugar-free Turtles (caramel, pecan, and chocolate) and Dove creamy chocolates; now, I see that Hershey&#39;s has introduced a <a href="http://www.hersheys.com/products/details/sugarfree/#">sugar-free line</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Homemade entrees for the freezer. <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/Moravian-Chicken-Pie-152965">Moravian chicken pies</a> are popular in my area and great to have on hand when you don&#39;t feel like cooking a meal. You can make chicken pies and casseroles, or buy them from caterers. In my area, there are several independently run shops that carry frozen-to-go homemade dishes. A good but generally less thrifty choice is to purchase prepared foods from franchise operations such as Dream Dinners or HoneyBaked Ham. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts?ref=seealso">7 Savory Food Gifts</a>)</li> </ul> <h2>Clothing</h2> <p>Often the people who have everything have a closet full of clothes. But they are just as likely not to take the time to go shopping when clothes wear out, or trends change, or new technical fabrics are introduced. They might especially enjoy clothing with these features:</p> <ul> <li>warm but washable, non-shrinking wool socks or sweaters<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>breathable but water-resistant rain jackets<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>soft, durable organic cotton sleepwear or loungewear<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>moisture-wicking shirts for workouts (or rehab sessions)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>warm but not bulky sweaters or coats</li> </ul> <h2>Books</h2> <p>It took me several years to find the perfect type of gift for my mother-in-law. I stumbled upon this idea when I found out that she had taken to reading books by <a href="http://www.nicholassparks.com/">Nicholas Sparks</a>, many of which are based in North Carolina where we live.</p> <p>Though I&#39;d been giving books to my nieces and nephews for years (#3 and #4 on my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 great gifts for $5 or less</a> list), I hadn&#39;t considered books for those who have nearly everything. To keep the books from becoming clutter, welcome sharing among friends and family members.</p> <h2>Cash, Checks, or Gift Cards</h2> <p>My parents and in-laws would probably consider a cash or check an odd gift but my grandmother enjoyed receiving checks for her birthday and Christmas. Though I don&#39;t necessarily recommend this practice, she treated my checks as mini-emergency funds: she didn&#39;t cash them until she needed to pay for an unexpected expense. Now that I think of it, she may not have had a traditional checking account so this arrangement may have been suited for her style of saving and spending.</p> <p>Gift cards for a favorite store or restaurant give the recipients permission to spend money on themselves. My <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/survival-basics-for-depression-era-kids">depression-era&nbsp;family members</a> rarely go out to dinner but they probably would use a gift card. Check for card terms such as dormancy or inactivity fees that reduce the value of the card if it isn&#39;t used for a while; or just make sure that the recipient uses the card in the next six months or so.</p> <h2>Photo Frames</h2> <p>I&#39;ve noticed that grandparents get lots of photos of their grandchildren but don&#39;t always get an equal number of frames. If there are photos stuck inside frames or unusual places around the house, buy a nice frame or frames. Photo albums can be useful as well though I&#39;ve found that some people don&#39;t really like to sit down and sort through loads and loads of old pictures.</p> <p>Last year, my mom and mother-in-law both received digital frames. Before then, I never really understood why anyone would want such a item. But when I saw how much they enjoyed watching the picture show, I realized how cool this gift could be, especially if you can get one on sale as my nephew did.</p> <h2>Totally Personal</h2> <p>By using my imagination, persistence, and some decent Internet search skills, I&#39;ve also found some nearly perfect gifts for people who seem to have it all. One year, I got an ornament of the exact type of aircraft that my brother-in-law flies as a hobby (the name didn&#39;t stick with me but apparently the type was critically important to him) from <a href="http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/secp/71">My Pilot Store</a>. Hard-to-get tickets to a UNC basketball game or Broadway play, though much more expensive than the airplane ornament, could also be a nice surprise.</p> <p>One of the most endearing and meaningful gifts was one from my niece&#39;s boyfriend (now her husband) to her grandfather, a World War II veteran and former member of the U.S. Army Air Corps: a USA flag that had accompanied my nephew-in-law on an overseas mission during his service with the United States Air Force.</p> <p>You can spend less than $15 on a great gift or much, much more. For frugal options, try fresh nuts, simple frames, books, and homemade meals. For more costly items on a tight budget, consider a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-art-of-the-group-gift">family or group gift</a>.</p> <p><em>Do you have great gift ideas for those who seem to have everything? Share them in your comments. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-unique-gift-ideas-for-men">50+ Unique Gift Ideas for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gifts-for-book-lovers">11 Last Minute Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-funny-christmas-gifts">My 5 Favorite Funny Christmas Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-sneaky-store-perks-that-make-you-overspend">4 Sneaky Store Perks That Make You Overspend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping gift ideas Sat, 19 Dec 2009 16:00:13 +0000 Julie Rains 3868 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Useful Kitchen Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-5175595-small.jpg" alt="kitchen" title="kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="162" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year when we start doing two things: 1) reflecting on the past year and 2) scrambling to find gifts.</p> <p>If you're in the second category and are still scrambling to find gifts, I recommend that that you think back on your year and some of the best things you've purchased or received. Chances are that would make a great gift for someone else. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts?ref=seealso">25 Awesome Useful Gifts</a>)</p> <p>For me, they are some kitchen items that have become part of my life in the past year that I now can't live without.</p> <h2>Leak Proof Travel Mug</h2> <p>Who knew that they could design a travel mug that absolutely positively does not leak?! Honestly, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RMGVU8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001RMGVU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Contigo travel mug</a> has changed my life. Every day I fill my mug with hot tea and throw it in my laptop bag. (It took me some time to trust it enough not to leak.) If you don't have a entirely leak proof mug I highly recommend this one. And they come in stainless steel or BPA free plastic so you don't have to worry about absorbing toxic BPA chemicals.</p> <h2>Electric Tea Kettle</h2> <p>When my parents got me this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BY4ZHO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BY4ZHO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">tea kettle</a> for Christmas last year I immediately thought about the three conventional tea kettles that already took up too much room in my cabinets. I protested and insisted they return it. But my mom insisted I give it a try. She claimed that &quot;they use them all over Europe&quot; and that it would save me a lot of time. Mom &mdash; you were right. It not only takes about 2 minutes to heat my water for tea in the morning. But, when I'm rushed for dinner, I boil water in the tea kettle, add the water to a pot on the stove, and cook spaghetti. It shaves 5 minutes off the time it would normally take to boil water on the stove. Plus, apparently it's more energy efficient than boiling water the conventional way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a>)</p> <h2>Wrap and Mat</h2> <p>Ok, so I actually didn't get my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C4POJU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001C4POJU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Wrap and Mat</a> this year. But, it's still one of my most used kitchen items. I don't have to waste money on small plastic sandwich baggies because I just wrap sandwiches and pizza in the wrap and mat instead.</p> <h2>Stainless Steel Water Bottle(s)</h2> <p>I got a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026IXQCS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0026IXQCS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Camelback Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle</a> this year which is amazing. It actually keeps beverages from sweating on my desk and keeps them cool during the summer. An added benefit is that with the straw I don't drip down my shirt. This year I also got a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B9G838/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B9G838&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">forty ounce stainless steel water bottle</a>. While I tend to spill on myself with this bottle, it holds a lot more liquid, reducing the number of trips to the water fountain.</p> <h2>Fully Automatic Ice Cream Maker</h2> <p>I used to have an ice cream maker that required pre-freezing the canister for 24 hours. Needless to say, I didn't plan far enough in advance to make ice cream very often. Then, for a wedding present, we got a fully <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009365G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00009365G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">automatic ice cream/gelato maker</a> &mdash; you don't have to pre-freeze the canister. Just pour in your cream mixture, turn it on, and 30 minutes later you have ice cream. I used it at least once a week this summer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <p>I asked around for some family input and also got these suggestions as great kitchen gifts:</p> <p><strong><a href="http://thecheeseknife.com/">Cheese Knife</a></strong> &mdash; &quot;It cuts any cheese like butter!&quot;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CIELGS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CIELGS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">French rolling pin</a></strong> &mdash; &quot;It has better control than a regular [rolling pin] and it's easier to &ldquo;feel&rdquo; when you have the dough at the right thickness.&quot;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00029OQ6I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00029OQ6I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Lefse Grill</a></strong> &mdash; You may have never heard of this <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lefse">Norwegian treat</a>; but even if you don't make Lefse &quot;it's a great device for making tortillas, pancakes, etc. Because it has better control of temp than the stove.&quot;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LF8O7E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001LF8O7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">SideSwipe KitchenAid Mixer Blade</a></strong> &mdash; &quot;This gizmo for KitchenAid mixers really works to clean sides of bowl so scraping isn&rsquo;t needed&quot;</p> <p><em>What's the best (and most practical) thing you've purchased/received this year?</em></p> <p><em>(Disclosure: I received the travel mug for free from Contigo but like it so much I have already purchased it for family and friends.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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