Who can resist that face?

My brother just entered this photo of his dog Gracie in a photo contest to raise money for the Humane Society’s spay/neuter program. Click here to vote for Gracie’s photo with your donation. You can give as little as $1, and it will count as a vote! Your donation will help save pets’ lives by […]

$5 makes a difference

By now, you’re probably overwhelmed with images and stories about the tragic earthquake in Haiti. For me, the best way to fight the feeling of powerlessness is to contribute to the relief effort. And in this case, every little bit helps. Just $5 or $10 will make a difference. It’s easy to give online, on […]

Last minute non-consumer holiday gift ideas

If you’ve been trying to avoid the commercialism of the mall, but still find yourself with an unfinished gift list that you need to fill, I have a few last-minute ideas for you. Whether you’re a procrastinator extraordinaire, have people on your list who seem to already have everything, or have just been unusually busy, […]


A friend of mine told me about a great project they’re doing this year at her workplace. She works at a big company and has several coworkers to buy gifts for every year. It’s very stressful and time-consuming to figure out the best gifts for everyone and then run around after work shopping in crowded […]

Sleep In on Black Friday

Take part in “The Great American Sleep-In” at Global Giving. On the day after Thanksgiving, ditch the mall and snuggle up to this earth-changing idea for gift giving. Here’s how it works: Sleep in, spend time with your loved ones at home, and avoid the crowded stores and long lines. Stay in your pajamas and […]

Experiential Gifts for the Holidays

This is the first segment of a series I’ll be doing this week about non-consumer holiday gift giving. Today I’ll talk about “experiential” gifts, tomorrow I’ll have ideas for handmade gifts, and Thursday I’ll give you some frugal gift ideas that cost under $10. “Experiential” gifts are my absolute favorite, both to give and to […]