12 days and 12 ways to give

There are 12 shopping days left! Here are 12 ways to give this season.

There are 12 shopping days left! Here are 12 ways to give this season.

What can a not so super organized person do about the holidays? There are only 12 shopping days left ’til Christmas. Darn those braggarts who shopped in July! Right about now, they’re probably planning their 2014 summer vacations.

Take heart – there are 12 days left and 12 ways to give this year. Try them on for size – and you might give someone an unexpected SURPRISE.

1) Gift cards – Buying gift cards takes the guess-work out of shopping. Better yet – one size fits all!

2) In store – Shopping in store can be great. Those long lines are a great way to meet people and all the holiday banter can be fun.

3) On line – The Internet deals can add up to big savings. Shop online line, and when you have time.

4) Donation in kind – People who are passionate about a cause will appreciate a gift made to their favorite charity.

5) Homemade – Put your heart into making cookies, framing photos, knitting those scarves and putting ‘favorite things’ in a gift basket.

6) Legacy gift – The gift of your legacy is something that will not be forgotten. The family jewels, favorite clothing and other treasured items can’t be beat, and aren’t store-bought.

7) I.O.U. – Let’s face it, you can’t give what you don’t have. When it comes down to it, an I.O.U. will do!

8) Coupon – A coupon to clean the house, give a back rub, walk the dog, babysit… shows I’m thinking of ya!

9) Holiday chores – When company’s coming, a helping hand with holiday chores is a great gift to the host or hostess.

10) Points – Travel rewards and other ‘points’ may be transferable and are a “pre-paid” affordable thoughtful gift.

11) Re-gift – The gift that keeps on giving is apparently quite common. If you’d never use it, wear it or keep it…

12) Go Dutch – Rather than exchanging things… just spending time together is a gift – the gift of the present (or something like that).

Happy holidays!


A gift that you don’t have to buy is “CAN I HAVE SOME MONEY?” a kid money book series that you can borrow and read for free, on Kindle.

About candi sparks

Candi Sparks is a fully licensed financial professional and a Brooklyn mother of two. She works with private clients, business owners, the NYC Department of Education, faith based, non profit and community organizations on financial education and implementing financial strategies for success. Events are fun, interactive and solid financial information. Sparks Fly, financial literacy for YOU(th) Learn more so you can live more! toll free: 866.556.2432
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