Skip to main content

View Diary: Midday open thread (60 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Holiday financial stress reduction... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TexMex, politicalceci, Louise, LSophia

    donate to a charity in the name of the gift recipient.  You can set a limit within your means and then go out and donate.  I intend to do this with all adults on our list.  I'm doing it less for the money aspect and more to try to set precedent for them to return the favor.  I truly appreciate the thought behind the gifts but usually get things I don't need or want.  I would love someone to do a wee bit of research and donate on my behalf.  So If I keep doing this maybe they will join me.  

    But it occurs to me that this could be an excellent way to limit spending.  Even if one sets a budget for gift spending that can easily be exceeded - ok this gift is $30 and my budget is $25 but it's not much over ... or It's Christmas Eve!!! just grab it I can't worry about cost now!!!...

    So fine.  Establish a budget and go out and donate.  There are plenty of good causes and people will appreciate it.  Or at least I would.

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:09:11 PM PST

    •  That is a great idea, wish we could do that, but (4+ / 0-)

      I keep getting emails of gift ideas from those we exchange gifts with.  Granted, many of these gifts are affordable.  But I would like instead for all of us instead to donate to charity instead of buying gifts for each other.  But it is tough to do when people send you gift ideas and ask you for gift ideas. I often say charity but they say..what else?  I think sometimes people just like to wrap an item or two.  So I often suggest second hand or really inexpensive gifts.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:25:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah. I figure I will just keep plugging away. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        LSophia, wishingwell

        They will get a donation and I wish they would reciprocate.  Frankly, I don't need more books (and I love books) or any other items.  So I keep going.  

        Maybe if you give them 2 or 3 charities as options?  I don't have the answer and I don't necessarily like to dictate to others what they should do.  I can only hope that they eventually catch on.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:43:45 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  My family celebrates Kingmas (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LSophia, newfie

      Kingmas is held the weekend of The Martin Luther King Jr holiday. It is after the hubbub and noise of Christmas. My adults siblings and in-laws can go to whatever  Christmas get-togethers their other side of the their family requires. We can shop the after-Christmas sales for gifts, if we decide to exchange them.

      Since it is held at my house, I can make whatever centerpiece of the meal we are having, and everyone else brings desserts, side-dishes, munchies, and alcohol. Very often, I invite close family friends, as well,. We celebrate family, we celebrate inclusiveness, we honor the life and work of Dr. King. It is a beautiful jewel in what can be an otherwise-bleak January.

      They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

      by Louise on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:53:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site