BJ thinks that I am a total Grinch. The winter holidays make me lose my mind.
We've stopped buying individual gifts for some family members and friends, opting instead to agree to not exchange gifts, or to do a White Elephant, or to donate to charity instead, or some other variation that creates less debt (and less clutter). I have a master plan to give edible gifts to many of our friends this Christmas (we'll see how that works out - I'd give details but I don't want to spoil the surprise!). Even so, with creative gift giving, we still have a lot of people to exchange gifts with.
This year I plan to do the bulk of my holiday shopping online (because who wants to brave the Christmas crowds with two babies in tow? Not me!). I'm going to try to shop at places that give back a portion of the profits to charities I support. This way my gifts will serve a dual purpose - they'll make the recipient happy (I hope) as well as helping a worthy cause. In researching this for this post, I came across IGive, which is looking like an easy way to do this. We'll see if I can get my act together in time to do all my shopping there.
Shopping for a Cause Works for Me!
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