by Dorothy Mallonee
I love to give gifts and have a reputation for being an imaginative gift giver. Of course, good gifts don't have to cost a fortune. Just listen as people talk about what interests them, then file the information away in your memory bank. Everyone loves a gift that supports his or her self-image.
A couple general favorites:
A magazine subscription is actually many gifts in one and is usually quite reasonably priced. The recipient will remember your thoughtfulness each time the new issue arrives. There are thousands of magazines available; surely one will fit your recipient's tastes or interests. Do a little research to find out what magazine will fit the person perfectly. Some perennial favorites:
- Any houshold needs National Geographic.
- Consumer Reports (good in itself!) publishes Zillions, a great magazine that teaches youngsters how to be smart, thrifty, careful consumers. For a special presentation, wrap a copy of the current issue of the magazine, along with a note explaining that a subscription is on order.
The US mint offers mint and proof sets starting at about $14. These are perfect to commemorate the birth of a baby or an anniversary. Right now they have special sets that include the first of the "50 State" quarters. And you can order on-line at http://catalog.usmint.gov/
A great and inexpensive baby gift is easy to assemble: Find a good-sized gift box, about the size you'd use for a sweater. Cover it with nice paper. Place in in the daily paper and several magazines from the day the baby was born. It's the child's own, personal time capsule; he or she will love being able to learn what was going on in the world at them moment of his/her arrival. To make it even more special, write a letter to the new arrival, describing your views of the world and your hopes for a wonderful life.
Trending on TDS
- Selling kids' clothes hassle free online
- Free consignment clothing
- Inexpensive storybook costumes
- 10 things you can stop buying at the grocery store
- Money-saving tips for large families
- Start a baby-sitting co-op
- 6 things to consider before taking on the care of elderly parents
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- Grocery items you can find on sale in September
- Teen texting-while-driving cost: No LOL
- 5 colleges where your kid can go to school for free
- 6 secrets to saving more at discount stores
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator