Make us your home page
Instagram

How to give more meaningful gifts

You're stuck.

You've been holiday shopping and still can't figure out what to get a lot of people in your life. Here are some ideas that might help you find more meaningful gifts for the people on your list.

• Give something that can help change others' lives. Oxfam America Unwrapped is offering a selection of gifts from $12 to $5,000 for necessities from chickens to goats to mosquito nets to vegetable gardens that you can donate to communities around the world. For ideas go to oxfamgifts.com. Other groups provide similar alternatives to give a life-changing gift. Check out heifer.org/gift-catalog.

• A U.S. News article offers nontraditional holiday presents (tinyurl.com/m8zq3hm). One grandmother, for instance, adopted a polar bear at the Saint Louis Zoo for a granddaughter who loves polar bears. Try focusing on experiences rather than on material goods when giving.

• In "Top 10 Alternative Gift Ideas" (tinyurl.com/lquonae) Better Homes and Gardens provide great ideas to spread some cheer. Here are a few: Pay for the car behind you at the tollbooth. Chronicle your family history by assembling photographs, letters and important documents. Give children a gift of music or sports lessons instead of another toy.

How to give more meaningful gifts 12/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 5:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”
  2. Potential new laws further curb Floridians' right to government in the Sunshine

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — From temporarily shielding the identities of murder witnesses to permanently sealing millions of criminal and arrest records, state lawmakers did more this spring than they have in all but one of the past 22 years to chip away at Floridians' constitutional guarantees to access government records and …

    The Legislature passed 17 new exemptions to the Sunshine Law, according to a tally by the First Amendment Foundation.
  3. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers, thousands of concealed weapons holders

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson …

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
[Times file photo]

  4. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Citigroup agrees to pay nearly $100 million fine for Mexican subsidiary

    Banking

    NEW YORK — Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering.

    Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering. 
[Associated Press file photo]