Feel Good Last Minute Gift Ideas

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Recommendations | Tags: , , |

This weekend’s snowstorm was pretty to watch, fun to play in and definitely added to the seasons merriment! And while I enjoyed the excuse to be a homebody on Saturday, I felt a little panicked when I lost 2 prime holiday shopping days and still had no gifts in mind for most people on my list…

So I started thinking creatively on what I could do without leaving the house (and avoid pay for express shipping).

Here are some of the ideas I came up with:

1) Kiva Gift Certificate– I gave these to all my friends last year, and they were a big hit! Kiva is a micro-lending website where entrepreneurs with projects all around the world post requests for funding and people lend small sums of money to make the projects possible. You can print the gift certificates right from your computer, so its quick and super easy and your friends can choose which project they want to support.

2.) Union of Concerned Scientists Membership: Support the work of one of the leading environmental and  advocacy groups that works on issues like climate change, clean energy, food safety, and nuclear safety. And by giving a membership now, your donation will be matched by an anonymous donor, helping UCS do even more great work!

3.) Make something- Sometimes a scary thought, but great for a snowy day. Of course cookies and candy are an obvious choice, but there are plenty of other creative ideas like herbal teas from Food and Wine and soup in a jar from Food Network.

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