Four Ways to Pay it Forward This Holiday Season

Everybody likes a good deal for Black Friday or getting a shiny new toy on Christmas morning. But I also know that between the economy, the government shutdown and just the regular old bills of everyday life, this might not be the year to spend too much on the holiday season. And maybe that can be a good thing! If we’re not putting all our focus on just buying gifts there’s more time to really think about the holiday season, family and our communities. Here are three ways to really get into the holiday spirit and pay it forward this year:

1. Make a Charitable Donation in Someone Else’s Name

Making a charitable donation to a cause you know someone cares about is a great gift. Check out, which has a database of 1.8 million charities to choose from. You can also buy a Charity Gift Card from them, which allows the recipient to choose the charity of their choice so that they can feel good about paying it forward too. It doesn’t have to be expensive: donation levels start at $10 and they’re also tax-deductible. Read More

#GivingTuesday and Your Last Chance to Win a Sony Xperia Tablet

Giving Tuesday and Sony XperiaIt’s been a long week of deals, deals, deals.  And that’s fine: we all need some level of tech in our lives, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with saving a few dollars. But traditionally the holidays are also a time to give back, which is why it’s great that someone has added one more day to the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday calendar: Giving Tuesday. The idea is that while we’re out spending money on gifts, we can also give a a gift to a worthwhile cause. There are a lot of great organizations behind it, like Donors Choose, the United Way and the United Nations Foundation. Plus lots of retail outlets are chipping in with matching donations and special offers. The best way to find out how to participate and what other organizations are doing is to visit their website, and check the #givingtuesday hashtag on Twitter. If there’s an organization you’d like others to consider donating to, definitely let us know in the comments!

Speaking of giving, we’re actually giving a little something away, ending today: a Sony Xperia Tablet.  Enter below by using the widget; we’ll be choosing a winner tonight at midnight.

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