2017-12-06 / Front Page

Green Gifts For A Season That Sparkles

By Liz Goff

Are you struggling to find a unique gift for that hard-to-please person on your list?

This holiday season consider giving a “green gift” that gives back to the environment, or a gift that helps a favorite charity. There are dozens of websites that list gifts that give back in many ways - from helping in one of many ways to save the life of a child, to rescuing an abandoned or abused animal.

Gifts that keep giving can include lessons in talk text and data – how to utilize today’s technology to open your world. Give a gym membership that can help friends and family shape up for the New Year, or gift cards to help pay for a day at the movies. Here are some simple suggestions:

  • Personalize It! Everybody has a favorite photo of friends or family members that can be printed onto a calendar, blown up to poster size or mounted in a special frame to make the perfect holiday gift. Act now and there is still plenty of time to order personalized gifts
  • .”Mommy and Me” aprons make a great gift from young children, and all proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which provides life-saving treatment for youngsters with catastrophic illnesses. For information visit www.shop.stjude.org.
  • Give your child a new pair of shoes and TOMS shoes will donate a matching pair for a child who has no shoes. For details visit www.tonsshoes.com.
  • Help a family member support a pet by paying for a license or veterinary services. Give a gift card for pet food or buy toys for cats and dogs from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). All proceeds are used to help animals in need. For information visit www.aspca.org.
  • Give the gift of computer literacy. Pay for a course in computer instruction for any family member or friend – regardless of age.

Learning to master the Internet and other computer functions opens doors for friends and family who live too far away to visit for the holidays.

  • Give A Day Trip: If you are at a loss for just the right gift, consider buying tickets on a bus headed for Atlantic City.

You can purchase a package that includes transportation and lunch, which will                       also provide a voucher (in a predetermined amount) that can be exchanged at slot machines and tables at Queens casinos. Remember – day trips are not just for seniors!

  • If you are in the market for a gift for someone who’s hard to please, consider buying a gift basket – wicker, wire, wood or whatever. Fill the basket with an assortment of rib-tickling greeting cards, thank you notes, pens, pencils, markers (different sizes and colors), wrapping paper, scotch tape, packing tape, gift tags, shipping labels, or postage stamps. Include a note in the basket – a reminder that mail carriers will pick up letters and parcels from people who can’t get to a mailbox.
  • A membership to a local health club, yoga or aerobics classes could be the perfect surprise for runners and sports enthusiasts on your list.
  • You might also consider purchasing a Gift Card from a pharmacy or medical supply shop patronized by a friend or family member.

Give a gift card from a hair or beauty salon or a beauty supply store. Give the gift of gas, a gift card for a fill-up at a friend’s favorite gas station. Give a gift card for “Lunch For Two” at a local diner or restaurant, or for a year’s worth of java or ice cream at a Baskin Robbins or Dunkin’ Donuts shop.

Considering the current state of the economy, anyone would welcome a gift card that provides necessities – or plain good fun.

You might also consider purchasing gift cards from local supermarkets. The cards, sold in different denominations, are available at store courtesy desks. They make a perfect gift for friends and family members who are struggling to make ends meet.

The cards are available in a series of holiday designs, in denominations ranging from $10 to $100 at most major supermarkets.

If you have an aspiring student (young or senior) on your gift list, consider prepaying for a course at a local college or specialty school. It’s a thoughtful, unusual gift that might pave the way to a new beginning for someone special.

And don’t forget about the gift that keeps on giving – a subscription to the Queens Gazette. To purchase a Gazette gift subscription call 718-361-6161 or visit us online at www.gazette.com.




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