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Giving Gifts

It's time to shop for Gramma and Papa again. I love them dearly and I love giving them gifts, but they are sooooooo hard to shop for!

I'm exploring a new idea this year, after seeing the Samaratin's Purse Gift Catalog last year. Instead of cluttering their house with more stuff, I think I'll give a gift in their honor.

Here's a sampling of the gift categories you can choose from at Samaratin's Purse:
I'm sure there are other gift programs like these - I'd love to hear of any reputable programs you know about!


I love these! 2 years ago we gave my in-laws a Heifer International donation of a milk goat.

They were less than impressed, but oh well, it's better than yet another gift sitting in the closet for years.
I decided last year that for all of my extended family and for my children whenever possible I was only going to purchase gifts that benefited someone else directly. I have purchased many gift via online blog auctions this year. I also bought t-shirts through organizations like 'loads of hope' (I think it was called). I have tried to gear the item to the person whenever possible It has given me a great feeling and I hope in the end to them too. We'll see. :)

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