How To Make A Wish List / Gift Registry Online For Birthdays, Christmas, Wedding & Baby Showers: Amazon Universal Wish List!

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I've been using Amazon's Universal Wish List for the past 5 years or so.It'a great way to maintain a Christmas Wish List or Birthday Wish List -- for yourself or for friends that you like to buy gifts for.It can also be used as a universal Gift Registry for an upcoming wedding shower or baby shower -- your own or someone else's.It's free. It's easy.  I absolutely love it.Here's why: … [Read more...]

Shopping Online For Holiday Gifts? How To Find The Best Holiday Shopping Deals Online

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The holiday season can be a very stressful time of year.Browsing from shop to shop in hopes of finding that one gift you’re looking for usually ends in frustration when you discover that it is either out of stock or impossible to find altogether.Stores can be congested, loud and crowded -- making your holiday experience more one of dread than cheer.It’s times like these that the ease and hassle-free method of holiday shopping online really shines through.But, most importantly, … [Read more...]

A Unique Gift Idea: Write A Handwritten Letter Instead Of Buying A Gift

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A handwritten letter means so much.It means more than a typed or emailed letter. It even means more than a short, quickly penned note.Chances are, if you give someone a handwritten letter as a gift, it will be cherished more than a store-bought gift would be. In addition, a letter will be read more than once and cherished for years to come.Yep, your handwriting and heartfelt feelings shared with someone you care about is the most personal gift you can give someone. (This is more true … [Read more...]

All The Best Ideas For Making And Sending U.S. Military Care Packages

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Several years ago, Jim and I started sending care packages to U.S. military service men and women -- usually to soldiers we didn't know, and one year to our nephew who was serving in Iraq at the time.As a result what we've learned firsthand, we have compiled a great collection of ideas to help others make one-of-a-kind care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas. Here are our best tips: … [Read more...]

7 Fun Ways To Make Unique Gift Registries For Any Occasion

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Gift registries aren't just for weddings anymore.These days, people are using gift registries for all sorts of special occasions, including:birthdays anniversaries graduations (high school and college) baby showersNo matter what the occasion, a gift registry is a good idea because, after all, who hasn't wound up with a gift they either couldn't use, didn't like, or didn't want? (Sometimes a gift is so bad you can't even regift it!)Setting up a gift registry is one way to … [Read more...]

Homemade Food Gifts: How To Make Creative Gifts From Your Own Kitchen

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Who's got the money, these days, to be buying expensive pre-packaged food gifts for every occasion?Giving homemade food gifts created in your own kitchen adds a personal touch.You have to admit, fresh made foods without preservatives just taste so much better too.  Here are some great frugal food gifts to make and give as gifts. Plus, some food gift baskets that are easy to make.   … [Read more...]

A Fun Christmas Giving Idea: Help Somebody If You Can

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Christmas is a joyous time of the year filled with gifts and gatherings -- where people enjoy the fellowship of family and friends. The classic image of Christmas is watching children opening gifts with wide eyes and wide smiles as the whole family gathers around the Christmas tree.But for many, this wonderful time of year falls short -- with feelings of solitude, loneliness and even worry about where the next meal is going to come from. For a family in desperate need, there will be very … [Read more...]

Edible Arrangements: Healthy Fruit Bouquets Are A Fun Alternative To Sending Cookies Or Flowers

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Edible Arrangements are fresh fruit bouquets (including a few chocolate-dipped pieces) that are designed into beautiful flower-like creations.Compared to cookie arrangements, these strawberry, pineapple, and melon arrangements are a much healthier way to say 'I love you', 'Thank you', or 'Best of luck.'Edible Arrangements has been in business for 10 years and there are nearly 900 locations across the U.S.So it's not difficult to find a store near you if you'd like to pick up an … [Read more...]

Top 10 College Care Package Ideas

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Even if you don't have a child who is college age and away at school, I'll bet you know someone who is.College kids are nearly always short on something (or broke, as most of us know from personal experience), so getting a care package from home can be a really nice treat.This is especially true if they have been living on Ramen noodles and Cheetos. And if it's the middle of the quarter or semester, then you can almost bet that money is going to be tight until they can go get their … [Read more...]