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Nice Things to Do Over the Holidays

If you’re low on cash or stumped for what to buy Aunt Sally this year, considering giving the gift of yourself. Many people, especially elderly or families with small children and single parents are thrilled when someone asks to help out. A lot of people won’t come out and ask for help. Here is a list of “gifts” you can give this holiday season.

1. Help with daily household chores – change sheets, empty the trash
2. Help with pets – Walk the dog, change the kitty litter
3. Buy a few extra things as the grocery store, maybe a favorite dessert or a prepared item
4. Take care of houseplants – this is especially nice if someone is going to be away on vacation
5. Get the mail – especially when the weather is nasty
6. Drop off/pick up dry cleaning
7. Plant flowers — You can buy a packet of seeds now with a promise to do some gardening later
8. Shovel snow
9. Make small household repairs – change light bulbs and furnace filters
10. Put your interior design skills to use and help decorate for the holidays
11. Take them out for a drive to see neighbor’s Christmas lights
12. Put together a scrapbook or photo album of family pictures
13. Make a CD or save music to a thumb drive
14. Offer to make drug store runs to pick up prescriptions
15. Pass on books and magazines when you have finished reading them
16. Take their newspaper to the front door, put it inside the screen if the weather is bad
17. Tell someone how great they look today
18. Ask someone what their all-time favorite movie is, then rent it for them as a surprise.
19. Bring their trash cans in from the curb
20. Order and pay for a pizza or other food delivery
21. Sneak in the middle of the night and fill their car’s gas
22. Offer to help them sort through old clothes and take them to a local shelter
23. On a snowy day, clear off their car before work

You can also make a donation in someone’s name to a host of worthy causes. Check out Do One Nice Thing for a list of ideas.


The Paralegal Gift List

The next few lists will be devoted to specific careers, and students who are studying in those areas. Students can sometimes be difficult to shop for. Gifts that support a career choice are thoughtful and useful.

If you know a student who is studying how to become a paralegal, here are some gifts tailored just for them.

1.  Post-it Printed Message Flags  – to mark documents that need to be signed, filed, etc. A package of 120 flags in 4 colors cost from $4.50-$8.00

2.  High Quality Business Paper – For resumes and cover letters. Look for at least 25 percent cotton and a watermarked. 500 Sheets will run you anywhere from  $18 to $32

3.  Thank You Notes – To send after those important job interviews. You can find these personalized and monogrammed for $5 to $20 for a box of 20

4.  Briefcase or Laptop Case – A must for all aspiring paralegals. Special cases are designed for quick airport security processing  and will hold a computer, files and supplies. A major investment that can last for years, this gift costs  between $50-$150

5.  Legal-ruled Pads – You can never have too many. A dozen 50-sheet pads cost $6-$10

6.  Paralegal Coffee Mug – from Zazzle.com’s collection of paralegal supplies, this witty mug is $19.99

7.  Mouse Pad – Also from Zazzle.com is this cute mouse pad for just $14.10

8.  Wheeled Litigation Bag – This can be a huge expense for a Paralegal, running from $200-$600

9.  Planner/Calendar – A good leather planner book can last a lifetime with yearly updated refills. Dayrunner has a large variety for every style and budget.

10. Business Card Holder – Find one that has a legal motif in metal or wood, at a variety of prices.

11. Paralegal Survival Kit – This ultimate gift basket from TheBillableHour.com is designed specifically for the paralegal on your gift list. It includes a wristwatch, a Mini Buddha Board, CD and Comic Blocks.  From afar, the Classic Billable Hour® Watch looks like a standard professional’s watch, but it is uniquely designed for paralegals. It features a Seiko movement housed in a water resistant polished alloy gold tone casing and a padded black leather band. $109.99

12. Binder Clip Cufflinks – For a fun gift, print this article from the Funny or Die website and enclose it with a box of binder clips. $1.50 for 12

The Ultimate What Do I Gift Them List

Buying Christmas gifts, especially when you’re a student can be a challenge – of both time and money. What can you give that is inexpensive and easy to find? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to craft something elaborate, or give up and give gift cards – it you only have a few dollars to spend, here are 30 ideas for easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts.

1. Bottle of gourmet barbeque or steak sauce and basting brush

2. Bookmark, with or without book

3. Candle with a Bic lighter

4. Candy or nuts – in a glass jar or coffee mug, a pound of pistachios or stack of fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon

5. Cards for different occasions and a calendar – fill in the birthdays of relatives or friends.

6. Christmas ornament

7. Coffee or travel mug with a box of tea bags or one-pot bag of coffee

8. Deck of cards or travel-size board game

9. Donation in someone’s name.  Here is a list of great ones.

10. Emergency Snack Stash – granola bars, M&Ms, chips, crackers, etc

11. Flashlight with batteries

12. Gourmet bread or cookie mix

13. Journal, stationary, notepaper, or notebook and a really nice pen or pens

14. Key chain

15. Magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon

16. Movie night basket – a DVD or Netflix gift subscription, microwave popcorn, drink mix, movie theatre candy like Snow Caps or Twizlers

17. Newspaper – Buy through Discountednewspapers.com, and you’ll save 50% or more off of the subscription cost.

18. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns

19. Purse-size photo  album or a picture frame – with or without a picture of the two of you

20. Poinsettia or other potted plant with a red ribbon tied around it

21. Rechargeable batteries and a recharger

22. Reusable shopping bags

23. Scarf

24. Seeds and garden gloves, vase or ceramic pot

25. Soaps and bath puff

26. Socks

27. Study Supplies – post it notes, notepaper, good pens

28. Supplies for anyone with, or planning on, a teaching career  – bulletin board borders, flash cards, games for rainy days, maps electric pencil sharpener and stapler, 3-hole punch

29. Touch gloves for anyone who has a Smartphone.

30. Stainless steel water bottle