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Gift cards are often a great option, they're cheap to mail and mean your giftee ultimately gets exactly what they want. But have you ever wondered how many go unused? According to research conducted by the TowerGroup, more than 10% of gift cards are never used.
That's a lot of lost purchase power when you consider that according to the Incentive Gift Card Council 87.7% of shoppers will purchase two or more gift cards this season, with the average consumer being expected to spend $122.59 on cards versus $116.51 in 2006. With sales expected to exceed a total of $26 billion in the run up to Christmas alone, that's $2.6 billion worth of cards that are likely to go unredeemed just from this holiday season!
The smart folks at GiftCardGiver.com have come up with a great idea to release the potential of these unused cards. They match donated cards with appropriate charities. A Home Depot card for example might go to Habitat for Humanity. Other charities that benefit include The American Red Cross, Children's Health Care Hospitals, Big Brother Big Sister and the Salvation Army.
If you have an unwanted or half-used card you'd like to donate, simply write how much is left on your card using a permanent marker and mail to:
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Buford, GA 30518by Nicole Gift cards are often a great option, they're cheap to mail and mean... more
Christmas canceled due to salty tongue
Microsoft has killed Santa Claus today, after an unsatisfactory attempt to restrain the North Pole-based jolly old elf from instant messaging children about oral sex.
Although Redmond has been challenged by compassion in the past, this appears to be the first time on record it has out-and-out killed the very manifestation of goodwill.
Father Christmas was subject to some controversy this year when given the seasonal ID email@example.com on MSN messenger. While mostly sticking to an approved and traditional regimen of asking children what they want for Christmas, the mere mention of pizza would send him into a provocative froth about love-making of the mouth.
Microsoft informed us about their troubling decision to destroy the spirit of Christmas this morning.
Yesterday we received reports that the automated Santa Claus agent in Windows Live Messenger used inappropriate language. As soon as we were alerted, we took steps to mitigate the issue, including the removal of language from the agents automated script.
We were not completely satisfied with the result of these actions, and have decided to discontinue the automated Santa Claus agent. We apologise for any offence or upset caused by this disturbing incident.
In life, Father Christmas was best known for delivering toys and goodies to children around the world albeit with a somewhat controversial tendency of giving the best stuff to wealthier children whilst dispensing disappointments like oranges and sweets in the stockings of those in more dire financial situations. Christmas canceled due to salty tongue Microsoft has killed Santa Claus today, after... more
It looks like most American's are actually planning on paying of their holiday debt in a timely manner this year. In fact, three out of four are planning on paying their debt within the first three months of 2008.
The survey also finds that more than half of consumers are turning to cash or their debit cards for their holiday spending.
How are you paying for all of your holiday goodies this year?It looks like most American's are actually planning on paying of their holiday... more
Pretty soon, everyone is going to be traveling home for the holidays. Here are some tips for the flyers out there to help you not get ripped off.Pretty soon, everyone is going to be traveling home for the holidays. Here are some... more
There's something wonderful and odd about seeing holiday wishes from these Canadian soldiers from last year (2006). Hope they are all home safe this Christmas.There's something wonderful and odd about seeing holiday wishes from these... more
One more grinch trying to take the focus off our culture's most cherished consumeristic-based holiday festivities. If we could only remind ourselves that making others feel all warm and fuzzy inside by giving them stuff they don't need is what the holiday season is all about, the world will finally be a better place for everyone.
Now more then ever, and just as President Bush reminded us on the days following the 9-11 attacks, we need to get out there and buy stuff to keep the economy going or the terrorists win. Are you doing your part?One more grinch trying to take the focus off our culture's most cherished... more
"Israelis lit the first candle of Hanukkah on Tuesday evening to begin the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, one of the country's most popular holidays.
Hanukkah, which features presents, jelly-filled doughnuts and potato pancakes, commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Second Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C. after its desecration by the Syrian Greeks. According to the story told to Jewish children, when the victorious force of Judah Maccabee tried to rekindle the Temple candelabra, or menorah, they found only one day's worth of olive oil. But tradition says the oil burned for eight days.
For many Jewish people, the holiday symbolizes their triumphs against great odds.
Observant Jews light the menorah each night to mark the holiday. More than 80 percent of Israeli Jews light candles every night, according to a survey conducted recently by the Motagim polling center."
Happy Hanukkah!!!"Israelis lit the first candle of Hanukkah on Tuesday evening to begin the... more
It's real and they are selling it. Who is this mysterious Miss Poppy?
Why go with the traditional tree? How boring! Check out the world's most unusual Christmas trees. I myself have a tiny build-your-own tree-in-a-can that my crafty friend made for me. It's the cutest thing ever and I can re-use it every year. How do you deck your halls?Why go with the traditional tree? How boring! Check out the world's most unusual... more
A range of events is taking place across Scotland and beyond to mark St Andrew's Day.
It's the feast of Saint Andrew, celebrated on 30 November each year. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St. Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day, although Burns' Night is more widely observed. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated the Day as an official bank holiday.
How are you going to celebrate?A range of events is taking place across Scotland and beyond to mark St Andrew's... more
Stupid.com ranks the "stupidest" holiday gifts of 2007:
1. Mistletoe To Go - comes with suction cup that attaches to your forehead - Awesome!
2. The Hillary Nutcracker
3. Slingshot Monkey
4. Larry Craig Action Figure - complete with t-shirt that says "I am not gay."
5. Uncle Oinker's Gummy Bacon Candy - anything to do with bacon is not stupid
.... for the rest check out the site or the article.
Stupid.com ranks the "stupidest" holiday gifts of 2007: 1. Mistletoe To... more
The price of gas has miraculously fallen almost 13 cents a gallon here in the old Midwest. When are we going to gain a foothold as consumers and stop the gouging of our pocketbooks to fill the wallets of the upper oil crust? Perhaps we should all get healthy raises around the holiday's to offset the deliberate gas hikes ..
The price of gas has miraculously fallen almost 13 cents a gallon here in the old... more
National Day of Mourning Statement from Leonard Peltier:
November 22, 2007
Greetings my Relations, As I sit here in my cell, thinking about you, and gathering my thoughts, I can't help but appreciate you remembering me.
I was told just the other day that people in Oklahoma protested Oklahoma's 100 year celebration of its statehood.
They protested or demonstrated and also celebrated their 100 years of survival of an adversed government that has violated all treaties and has gained control of most of their land.
I support those Indian people.
It also brings to mind those who - like Columbus came and did the same, take our lands, and also what has happened to all people all over the world- the Jews, the Palestians, as well as other indigenous countries and peoples.
Yet I have to say that America shares most of the responsibility to do the right thing.
What happened to the teachings or commandments of: Thou shall not lie Thou shall not kill Thou shall not steal
I can't remember all the commandments but what I do know is They have lied They have killed They have stolen.
They have mistreated our Mother- our Mother Earth, our rivers, our land, the air we breathe and the water we drink.
I consider global warming the wrong that has been done to our people.
Even the Mexican people state in their own way, "We did not cross the border, the border crossed us". The Mexican people are Indian people.
I have no doubt the Indian people of South America, North America, Central American will join in unison to make all the America's better.
A circle of Life is what dictates that the earth shall renew itself every spring.
We have said this for generations.
Go back and read our Elders sayings as we have been trying to tell Europeans that came here- to honor our traditional ways and to honor our Mother Earth and keep the Circle of Life.
Chief Seattle said: "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." Chief Seattle, 1855
This is just one of the many quotations from our ancestors.
Now today we have global warming.
We take no pride of solace in saying " We told you so."
But we do hope that the people of Europe and all around the world will start looking at the Native way of life.
Our Elders teach us that when we take from this earth, we must give back.
There is no greater resource on the face of this earth than our children.
America is leading in the wrongful influence of our youth.
Wrong medicine is being offered to our youth, commonly called alcohol and drugs.
It is up to each one of us, to get involved and make a difference in a positive way.
It is time to give back to our children.
I encourage each of you to take it upon yourself to stand up and find someway to help our youth.
The youth of the world are in jeopardy; let us not rob future generations of their future.
The greatest symbol of the Creator is the circle.
I encourage each of you to make the circle complete- the sacred cycle of the family, the cycle of the seasons, your personal cycle of life make them as strong as possible spiritually, mentally and physically.
Stay strong and never, never give up.
I can not say it enough or express my appreciation to each of you how much I appreciate those of you who came here today to remember me and to listen to what this prisoner has to say.
Again I simply say,
Thank you In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier
USP Lewisburg PA
PO BOX 1000
Lewisburg ,PA 17837
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Toni Zeidan-Co-director LPDC
National Day of Mourning Statement from Leonard Peltier: November 22, 2007... more
I think my favorite is Ice-T as "Smooth Sell". I'm slightly offended by Estelle Harris' pitch. And who the heck is Brooke Burke?
I don't think anyone in my family could even tell that Burt Reynolds is Burt Reynolds, so the "star power" angle is lost. But it's a clever idea to guilt your family and friends into coughing up the bucks for an electronic device which will be obsolete in about 3-8 months.
I think my favorite is Ice-T as "Smooth Sell". I'm slightly offended by... more