Posts Tagged ‘charitable gifts’

May
25
2011

Oprah Winfrey loves to give. She graciously signed off today after 25 years of daytime television and nearly a decade of her audience-swooning Favorite Things. The blog Jezebel estimates Oprah gave $23,809,050 worth of products since 2002. Not every gift stood the test of time — like Dell’s Pocket DJ MP3 player and J.Lo’s velour sweatsuit — but most have. Let Oprah be your guide for your next gift.

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May
07
2011

Looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, and you can’t give it in person? Yeah, me too. I want either a Sunday home delivery or an email notification of a meaningful gift to Mom.

Last week, I tried ordering a pressed flower pendant necklace from Uncommon Goods. The flower jewelry I wanted was out of stock. I gave Edible Arrangements a shot, but the shops near me only have Monday delivery dates for their fruit bouquets. Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift, but I sent Mom a dozen irises in a vase for her birthday last month.

Amazon offers online gift cards with three Mother’s Day Designs: butterflies, crown and flowers. But I want something more specific and personal than a gift card to “The Earth’s Biggest Selection.”

Next, I found a fashion tee website with a conscience called Project Iris. A portion of each purchase supports World Food Program USA, providing meals to mothers and children in developing countries. Great tees and a great cause that my mom supports — it sounds perfect. The problem: Project Iris online gift certificates take one to two business days to deliver. Not soon enough. I’ll note this one for a future present in Mom’s gift dossier.

In the end, I chose to give to the Meals for Moms campaign, a part of the Meals on Wheels charity. My mom volunteers at a local food bank. So I know she will appreciate a gift to a hunger relief charity that provides meals for home-bound mothers and grandmothers. I sent a Meals on Wheels e-card letting her know the gift will feed a dozen moms for a week.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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Mar
16
2011

Help Japan recover from a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami. Monetary donations trump the gifts of food and supplies, which can difficult to transport in this disaster. You can contribute to the American Red Cross in several ways:


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Jan
16
2010

John Hodgman audio books are no longer my favorite thing on the iTunes Store. Apple just simplified donations to the American Red Cross to help the Haiti relief effort. If you have an iTunes account, you can give $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200, and Apple will charge the credit card you have on record. You’ll find a contribution link on the iTunes Store Home or click here to launch iTunes and access the donation page. Your monetary gift is anonymous, and 100% goes to the American Red Cross to provide food, water, shelter and emergency services to disaster victims in Haiti. It’s the best transaction I’ve made on the iTunes Store.


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Jan
13
2010