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Unique Christmas/Hanukah Gift Ideas To Really Help American Economy

For America! (EXCELLENT NEW IDEAS FOR MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS and Hanukah Gifts) Excellent Christmas List from Victoria Gustafson Yonke ~ a friend I'm so grateful to on facebook. :)
Christmas is not YOUR birthday. But if you're giving gifts, here's an interesting way to shop and do some good at the same time:
2012 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
gear to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor.
This year can be different. This year North Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for others. There is no excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by North Americans hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, locally owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the local working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.How relaxing would your friends and relatives feel with a gift certificate for a massage

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands and talent.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining local pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about others, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- throw up a post on the internet -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?

BUY NORTH AMERICAN - The job you save might be your own or your children's.

**********To Add To This, Remember, Gift Certificates or Special Memorable Gifts From Online Sellers are Great, Too! ************

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Monty | December 4th 2012 at 1354671113

Gift certificates? What a GREAT idea!......Feliz Navidad ~ RAZZi
Indizona Variety
Indizona Variety | December 27th 2012 at 1356666592

Great post!
Monty | December 29th 2012 at 1356794388 - in reply to Indizona

Have a HAPPY NEW Year ~ ciaO, FashionistO PAPARAZZi
Shars Gift Mart
Shars Gift Mart | December 29th 2012 at 1356800123

Love your ideas!! Happy New Year
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Bruce | July 16th 2014 at 1405576712

Is this also a great idea to consider during CIJ? Thanks
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Curious George | December 7th 2014 at 1417968964

What is the best item this year for Christmas 2014?

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