This question is about giving and receiving gifts from family members (and how to STOP receiving certain gifts from a particular family member) and has a long (but hopefully interesting) tale of woe inside. [more inside]
My wife and I are blessed to have kind and generous families, for which we are deeply thankful. The "catch" is that we cannot stop them from giving us things we don't need or want (examples within). My wife and I try always to be gracious when receiving gifts, which results in even more of the things we don't need or want. Do you have recommendations for breaking this cycle? [more inside]
I feel great gift givers are not always the ones who devote the most time or money to this art - so what are their secrets? I'm happy to consider wisdom derived from science, literature or anecdote. Likewise I am interested in advice centred on observation, triage, shopping, timing, wrapping and so on. What makes a ninja gift giver?
Do people actually appreciate getting hand made knitted items, or are they mostly just annoying gifts? What knitted items would you actually appreciate receiving? [more inside]
I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50. [more inside]
I'm looking to collect as many specific examples as I can, of instances in which specific Republican/conservative behaviors and/or political moves have directly contradicted the teachings of Christ. Some specific examples within. [more inside]
So it's too late for this to matter for the 2013 tax year, but I wanted to ask this while it was fresh in most people's minds: If you give to environment-based charities, what are your favorites? [more inside]
The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
I would like to donate money to an international labour rights group on an ongoing basis, but I'm having a hard time picking one. Charity Navigator has been of little help. I've looked at International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, No Sweat, and Fair Wear Foundation. Do you know if one of these groups is more effective or better-run than the others? Do you have suggestions for other groups I might consider? Charities I should stay away from? [more inside]
I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver. Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
Apart from Kiva, do you know of any good charities that support team-based giving?
What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
Help me find Pendleton blanket pretenders. I'd like to give one as a gift.. or a real one, if anyone has secret sale sources. I don't have time to shop!
I'd like to buy my friend a Pendleton blanket as a gift, however, I don't have the time to source one, nor do I have the fundage right now. Are there alternatives? [more inside]
I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
Is there a website that lets ordinary non-millionaires do charity blackmail stunts, a la Donald Trump? For example, suppose I'd like to set up a page where individuals can pledge $X to charity if Donald Trump goes 24 hours without talking. The website would take credit card numbers in advance; if the Donald keeps his mouth shut, the cards would be billed and the money passed on to charity. [more inside]
I keep picking women who don't give as much as I feel I give and so I always end up feeling used. And because I keep picking them (even though the last one should've been enough to warn me off of the next one), I also end up feeling stupid too. Meanwhile, I've had women who've given to me the way I've given to those others, but I never seem to end up with them, even though they are exactly what I say I've wanted. How can I keep the good one and stop picking the bad ones? What is my problem? [more inside]
What's a good service/setup for a church or non-profit to accept online donations? [more inside]
So. I want to buy my dad a book for Christmas. And I know which one. But. He is reading all his books on his fancy new iPad these days How do I buy him books now? I don't want to just send a gift card.
What is the minimum amount of money people are willing to give as a donation? [more inside]
I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
We have approx $2500 shared amongst several people that we want to give to charity. But rather than a one off payment to a chosen charity, we want to figure out a way to use the money in a way that keeps on giving. Is't possible?? [more inside]
I'm looking for materials that can be used to help train people how to best use social media to help nonprofits engage the community. [more inside]
I just got a fulltime job and I am moving to California- one dream I've always had, when I finally got some money, is giving out $20 and $50 bills to homeless people in Manhattan. Where would be the best place to do this? Or go about it? [more inside]
Help me to help needy families [more inside]
Should I help my friend get work in my specialized industry? [more inside]
What are some classic moves that a man can do when he is giving a woman a lapdance? [more inside]
I bought my girlfriend an iPad. The result was explosive (in a bad way). Can you help me figure this out? [more inside]
How do I ask my awesome husband for gifts on special occasions? I am a little disappointed that he did not get me anything for my first Mother's Day (other than a very thoughtful and loving and personal card and flowers he added to the basket the day before when we were shopping together). I hate to sound like an ingrate, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get a little gift-wrapped something. Should I say something or should I accept this is the way he is? [more inside]
Tips for running an online (free or cheap as possible) holiday donor campaign. [more inside]
How do I give to a charity without a professional fund raiser taking a big bite out of my donation?
What shall I do with a new but unwanted Nintendo Wii? [more inside]
I made a drawing. I want to give it to my parents. How do I tell them it's okay if they don't hang it on their fridge? [more inside]
How has the financial crisis affected the nonprofit sector? [more inside]
My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
Help me find, buy or build a donor-friendly online giving management system for our non-profit. [more inside]
My organization is searching for foundations or individual donors in the Miami area who fund education related projects in Miami-Dade. Do you know of any? [more inside]
I have a question in two parts. If that's illegal, admin, please delete the last part. I'd like to hear suggestions for websites I should look at, and then advice on whether this is really how I should move forward with this. Hopefully, this is much clearer in the ... [more inside]
My children are finishing the year at a primary school in Ireland. Their teachers have been wonderful and I want to give them an end of the year thank you gift. In the U.S. gift certificates are popular but I'm unsure of the etiquette surrounding gift giving in this situation. Please advise. Thank you!
Background: I am 41 years old. I am 16 credits shy of graduating with a BS in Mathemathics. my GPA is 2.79, I have over 250 hours of attempted coursework, 144 of that is being counted towards my degree. I program and design software systems for a living. The Problem: I really love math and computer science but I am lousy at learning. when I say lousy I mean slow. [more inside]
Help me give a great gift for my Aunt's momentus 50th B-day! [more inside]
[EtiquetteFilter] My sister and her new husband are giving me one gift for Christmas. Am I obligated to give each of them a gift, or is it acceptable for me to give one gift to the couple?
How can I become a great giver of gifts? [more inside]
Gifts for godparent-types? We've asked about a dozen people to be "mentors" to our rugrat, in an area of their choice. What do we get them to say thanks and that they have a special bond with her? [more inside]
I need a little help on a petty family argument . . . [more inside]
The cleaning out of my closet (finally) has resulted in two garbage bags full of clothes. Now what should I do with them? I'm in NYC. [more inside]
What can you tell me about organizations that support women's rights? I would like to donate some money. [more inside]
I've already got the xmas gift figured out, now I'm trying to figure out how to give it...so what are some creative/clever/funny ways you've given gifts? [more inside]
We would like to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to alleviating global warming. Ideally a nonprofit but any organization that takes action in this direction would be fine. I'd prefer that it be something I could research online or find a rating such as those available on charitynavigator.com. Any ideas? Thank you!
I'm ashamed: I bought a house, my child goes to a daycare that costs several hundred dollars a month, and I have all that I need. I also have been lax in giving to charity. I'd like to, but my wife sometimes is resistant, saying some version of the old saw that charity begins at home. I want some independent assessment for how much we should give. I've identified a number of charities I want to give to. But how much? Should it be a percentage of my salary?
Classic stories or fables about gifts/giving. [more inside]
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