Thursday, December 14, 2006

Alternative Gifts: A Night Out + Tip for Business Owners

Two alternative giving tips today!

A Night Out
In this fast paced, mile a minute world, and especially during the holiday season when we're running around even faster than usual, I figure there is one thing in common on lots of grown-up lists to Santa: free babysitting!

This is a simple, inexpensive, effective way to brighten someone's holiday season. Offer a night of free babysitting to the single mom next door, or to your brother with 5 kids, or your friend who always overbooks herself to the nth degree. Offer a night off...you'll take the kids so your friend can go to dinner & a movie, or catch up on holiday shopping, go to that swanky adults-only party she's been dying to go to, or just stay at home on the couch and watch a football game in peace and quiet. Don't understimate the power of a few hours of down time...it can make a huge difference in a hectic week!

For Small Business Owners
The holiday season is a great opportunity to use some of your business's time and resources to give a gift to your community this season. Here's a great example of how Body Symmetry, a pilates studio here in Maine, is giving back to the community (both in donating a charity & offering public classes):

Salvation Army Benefit Week December 18 - 22. Click on Class Schedule for more information. 100% of proceeds from all classes will benefit this wonderful charity. Last year we raised over $1000, and this year we wish to exceed that- Come one come all for this festive week of classes! Our second annual! Last year we made history with raising over $1000 for the Salvation Army...can we exceed that this year??! We ask for a minimum donation of $10 per mat class, 100% of which goes to the Salvation Army. Each class has a minimum and maximum number of participants, so pre-registration is strongly recommended. More info...

1 comment:

Bill and Reba said...

Great gift idea Josie, we'll be dropping off Eli Saturday night.