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Do e-gift cards sent on social media make good holiday gifts? Not always

Giving e-gift cards doesn't mean your gift can't be personalizedOver the last couple of decades, gift cards have become the gift of choice for many. It’s not hard to see why: They are convenient to give, and recipients often enjoy them more than a gift you’d pick out for them, since it allows them to get what they want.

Gift giving is even easier now, thanks to the fact that it’s possible to send e-gift cards through social media. Over the summer I sent an Amazon gift card to my brother-in-law via Facebook. It was a huge hit, since he loves shopping on Amazon, and we keep up with each other through Facebook. It was the perfect way to send him a birthday gift he could use. But Facebook isn’t the only social media gift source. Now Twitter has gotten into the act, allowing users to send Starbucks e-gift cards to other Twitter users.

But what do e-gift cards mean for etiquette? Do we run the risk of alienating friends and family by sending gifts through Facebook and Twitter?


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Happy 4th of July

FireworksWe’re taking the day off today to burn some things on the grill and then eat it. Happy 4th of July!

We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, enjoy the weekend and get outside. :)

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Holiday Tipping Guide

Holiday Lollipop Forest: Featuring Penguins & Snowman!The spirit of the holidays is about spending time with family and friends, being thankful for the things that we’ve accomplished and the lives we’ve led, and showing appreciation to everyone who has made the year possible. Sometimes the year ends on a high note, as we celebrate the achievements. Sometimes we simply want to turn the page on an otherwise difficult twelve months. For many, this year will seem more like the latter but it’s important to remember that as difficult as it was for you, chances are there were scores facing much tougher challenges.

It’s on this more somber note that I present to you the 2011 Holiday Tipping Guide, which hopefully will give you an idea of what is considered customary when it comes to showing appreciation to those in the services industry who have gone above and beyond. These are merely guidelines, it’s up to you to decide what makes sense for both your area and your own finances.

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Happy Labor Day

I’ve always found it funny that Labor Day is a day when many people don’t actually do any labor. As a federal holiday, that means your post office, your local bank, and a few other places will be closed in observance of barbecues and parades. Wikipedia has a little history behind the day, which became a federal holiday back in 1894.

Enjoy the day off! We’ll be back with posts tomorrow.


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Happy Fourth of July

FireworksI hope you’re enjoying Independence Day because we are, we’ll off for the day and returning tomorrow with our regularly scheduled programming! :)

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Memorial Day

Arlington National CemetaryMemorial Day, observed on the final Monday in May, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was once known as Decoration Day and enacted to honor soldiers, both Union and Confederate, in the American Civil War but was expanded to all Americans in all wars. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill set the day as the final day in Monday (along with Washington’s birthday and Veterans Day) to create a three day weekend, rather than the traditional May 30th date. This year, the two coincide.

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Happy New Years!

Fireworks New Years!Depending on when you read this, it’s either New Year’s Eve’s Eve, New Year’s Eve, or sometime in 2011… regardless of when you read it, I hope you had a fantastic time ushering in the new year with friends and family. A new year brings new opportunity, a chance at something bold and exciting, and I hope you’re ready to take advantage of it. The last few years have been tough but things are starting to turn around and it’s time to make the most of it!

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Happy Holidays!

Holiday LightsI wanted to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday. To those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. For those who had celebrated Hanukkah, I hope you enjoyed the Festival of Lights earlier this month. For those who celebrate neither, may you have good times and safe travels wherever you may be. We’ll return to semi-regularly scheduled program next Monday.

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