Graduation season is here. If you’re looking for a high school or college graduation gift, try College Gift Finder. You’ll find U.S. college gift sites sorted alphabetically by college name and by state. Consider a classic sweatshirt for your freshman heading to campus or a diploma frame for your deserving college graduate. Express your pride with 2011’s College Gift Finder.
The NFL playoffs picture is coming into focus. And my family’s beloved Green Bay Packers have clinched a spot in the post-season — just in time for my dad’s birthday. To celebrate Dad’s birthday and his love of the Green and Gold, I sent him an Aaron Rodgers replica Packers jersey by Reebok.
Try these gift ideas for the football fans on your list.
- NFL Reebok replica jerseys at Amazon.com
- Madden NFL 10 by Electronic Arts from Amazon.com
- Life-sized NFL wall graphics from fathead.com
- The NFL Gameday Cookbook by Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe from Amazon.com
- E-mail gift certificate from NFLShop.com
Or visit an official NFL team pro shop online:
That’s where College Gift Finder 2009 comes in. I’ve updated and directly linked to the online shops of more than 1,300 U.S. four-year colleges. The index compiles 1,644 links, organized alphabetically by college and by state. New this year are links to Fathead’s line of collegiate wall graphics and the Victoria’s Secret PINK Collegiate Collection.
So if you need a gift for someone who is college-bound or a proud alum, be sure to visit the updated College Gift Finder.
Looking to team up for someone’s group gift? Several web sites allow you to forgo passing the cash envelope at the office or collecting from your siblings at family events. You pick out a gift and send your group to contribute toward a bigger-ticket purchase — all managed online.
An organizer chooses a gift from partners like Amazon, Apple, Macy’s and REI. Then eDivvy sends the organizer’s e-mail, inviting people to give by a deadline. Once the group meets its gift amount goal, the merchant ships the gift to the recipient.
Set up a virtual collection envelope via PayPal. E-mail your group to gain contributions then shop at FrumUs partners like Amazon.com, Buy.com, Cooking.com and more.
Note: FromGroup.com is no longer online.
Bring hotel luxury to your home. Several major hotels sell their linens, bath robes, shower heads and even the beds online, including Westin. Six years ago, my wife and I stayed at Pittsburgh’s Westin Hotel, home of the Heavenly Bed and the Heavenly Shower. This bed envelops you in sumptuous white cotton comfort: a Simmons pillowtop mattress, five goose-down pillows, three sheets, down blanket, comforter and duvet. The shower features two heads and offers a curved shower curtain rod, giving six more inches of elbow room. I made sure our home bathroom remodel included a similar curved shower rod. (We chose an oil-rubbed bronze version from Inspirations by Moen instead of the Westin brand).
Browse these web sites for hotel comfort gifts for home. High-end linens make a fine second anniversary gift. (Cotton is the traditional anniversary gift.)