Holiday How To — Your Guide to Cooking, Entertaining & Giving for the Season

Welcome to day one of  Holiday How-To!

Each day leading up to Christmas I’ll post a bit of holiday know-how that will help make your season a little easier. First up, How To…

Give Gifts That Matter

Giving may be the best gift of all this holiday season, when so many are facing tough financial times. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday spending frenzy, a practical, thoughtful and useful gift may be just the thing for a friend, family member or stranger in need. Here are four ideas to help you give a gift that matters.

1. Raindrops on Roses – Fill a basket with several of your giftee’s favorite nonperishable foods or products. Think snacks, beauty products, even essentials like cereal, ground coffee or shower gel.

2. Gift Card Blanche – Pick up gift cards for your local grocery store or even a gas station close to your friend or family member’s home. Visa or American Express gift cards are also great choices because they can be spent anywhere.

3. Luxury – Treat a deserving friend to a night out or a fun experience they may have had to curtail due to money troubles. Buy a gift card for use at their favorite restaurant, a movie theater or even a gift certificate for a massage, mani-pedi or other special treatment they may not be able to afford right now. An afternoon or evening of fun and relaxation can do wonders to lift spirits.

4. Party with Purpose – Ask guests at your holiday soiree to bring canned goods or other nonperishable food items. Your local food bank or homeless shelter will gladly accept your donation. Be sure to call ahead first to let them know about your plans.



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