Category Archives: holiday gifts

Teacher Gift Ideas for the Holidays and Beyond.

As the holidays approach, I was stuck trying to think of teacher gift ideas for my girls’ kindergarten and daycare teachers.

So I turned to my good friends on Twitter. I love having a sounding board for ideas be it marketing related or for holiday gift ideas. Feedback so far – candy/food, scarf/hat, handmade items from child like jewelry or card.

Last year I got Target gift cards so they could either buy for themselves or for the classroom.

Once idea I like from the web sites below is a gift basket filled with school supplies/books for the class. There is also an appreciative wall poster about teaching that a teacher can put on the wall in the classroom.

I guess the underlying message is that teachers like being appreciated and we can show them through our children’s eyes in simple, inexpensive ways.

 I checked Google search as well and found a neat ecofriendly gift site as my daughter’s kindergarten teacher is very earth friendly.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Caregivers
http://ecochildsplay.com/2008/12/01/holiday-gift-ideas-for-teachers-and-caregivers/

Teacher Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
http://www.squidoo.com/teachergiftideaspreschoolers

Celebrate Teachers with Thoughtful Gifts
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1331

Teacher Gifts: The Official Holiday Shopping Thread for teacher gifts!http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5888340

The Give List – Giving Back on a Budget

I was wondering about all of the charities that exist and how people go about choosing which ones to support and what they can do, especially on a tight budget. It’s the holiday season, a season for giving in more ways than one.

Little things count. For example, we make cookies for our local firefighters and drop off a toy for Toys for Tots. These are easy things anyone can do.

Here is a great blog that illustrates many ways how we can give without impacting our wallets. Obviously, volunteering and giving your time is also needed and free, but there are lots of things you can do if you don’t have time to volunteer.

Check out the Give List and give back to those less fortunate.

Times are tight. We know, we know. We’ve all seen the scary headlines. Too many of the scary headlines. And we’re all feeling the pressure in other ways too. But, still, we want to contribute what we can to making the world the better place. The GiveList gives you ideas and inspiration for just that: ways that you contribute without spending or buying. Or maybe giving while buying and spending a little less than usual.

Election Day Finally! Vote and Get Free Stuff.

Finally our day is here to vote and be heard as a citizen of the United States of America. It seems like it has been two years in the making. Be part of history and vote with the highest number of record voters in an election.

After you vote, I’m sure you have heard of the various election day promotions. Get a free tall drink at Starbucks, get a free donut at Krispy Kreme or get free ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. 

Mulberry Moon personalized jewelry and gifts is having a one-day election sale for 15% off. Use the code IVOTED and get ahead on your holiday shopping! I have already ordered my gifts for my family there.

Enjoy. It is a great day to be an American regardless of the outcome. We live in the best country in the world!

More deals:

USA Today: 
Voters can vote to pick up free stuff on Election Day
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/2008-11-03-voter-free-stuff_N.htm

Due to possible conflict with election laws in various states, most are not requiring proof of voting. The free offers:

•Coffee. Starbucks expects to hand out “hundreds of thousands” of free 12-ounce drip coffees (valued at about $1.75 each), says spokeswoman Jenny McCabe. “If everyone who votes comes in for a free cup of coffee, we’ll have some lines,” she says.

•Doughnuts. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme’s 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts “while supplies last,” says spokesperson Dana Hughens. The chain will give out about 200,000 doughnuts valued at 99 cents each. “People are definitely talking about the brand as a result of this,” she says.

•Ice cream. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value). “What better way to encourage people to be politically active than to give away free ice cream?” asks spokeswoman Liz Brenna.

•Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation’s 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to adults who show proof that they voted, says spokesman Jerry Johnston.

•Phone calls. Credo Mobile, a wireless company that donates money to progressive causes for calls its customers make, will offer free outbound calls to current customers during polling hours in their states. The cost could be about $250,000, says spokeswoman Becky Bond.

•Discount haircuts. Then, there’s Cristophe Schatteman, a top hair stylist known for giving former president Bill Clinton a $200 haircut on Air Force One. His salons in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Orange County, Calif., will offer all services — including haircuts — at half price today. A $500 haircut from Cristophe will go for $250.

Atlanta Update for Election Day Free Stuff:

11Alive Atlanta Update:

If filling up on caffeine and sugar isn’t your thing, take the family out for a day at the zoo. Zoo Atlanta is offering half-off admission for voters and their families on election day.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Atlanta-based barbecue joint Shane’s Rib Shack will give you a free meal for voting. Show your sticker after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday for a free “Vote America Meal.” The Vote America meal includes three hand-breaded chicken tenders, fries and a 20-ounce drink.

From the AJC.com:

> Melting Pot restaurants in Atlanta, Duluth, Roswell and Kennesaw are offering a free chocolate fondue dessert course or $15 off with the purchase of two three- or four-course meal. (www.meltingpot.com)

> Shane’s Rib Shack is offering a free “Celebrate America Meal” (3-piece chicken tenders meal with fries and a 20-ounce drink) to the first 300 customers at participating locations today. No age or voting restrictions apply. (www.shanesribshack.com)

> Starbucks stand-alone stores are offering stickered voters a free tall coffee today. The offer does not apply to Starbucks kiosks located in bookstores, airports or other retail establishments. (www.starbucks.com)

> Zaya Mediterranean restaurant in Inman Park (240 N. Highland Ave., Suite I, Building 2) will offer stickered voters half off all menu items under $15 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today. (404-477-0050; http://www.zayarestaurant.com)

> Zoo Atlanta (800 Cherokee Ave., S.E.) is offering voters 50 percent off admission today. One adult in a party must be wearing a voter sticker for discounted admission for everyone. (404-624-9453; http://www.zooatlanta.org)

Holiday gifts for the person who has everything

I don’t know about you, but as soon as October rolls around, I start panicking about the holidays and what to get family members when everyone lives out of town and I have no idea what their preferences are. And as far as my parents go, if they need something, they usually go out and buy it. So I searched for some neat personalized gifts and found them at Mulberry Moon.com. Everyone I have given presents to from here says they love it and that is great for me.

Mulberry Moon Personalized Jewelry, Candles & Gifts
http://www.mulberrymoon.com

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