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Ask the Swag Gal – December 14, 2011

Posted by on Wed, December 14th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut looking for holiday gift-giving tips:

“Is it really necessary to give Christmas gifts or tips to people like hair stylists, trash collectors, mailmen, etc?  I just don’t have the money this year.”

Holiday season can definitely take a toll on anyone’s bank account.   By the time you’re done shopping for your family and friends, the last thing you want to think about is getting more gifts.  Not only have you completely exhausted all of your gift-giving ideas, but I’m sure you’ve exhausted your wallet, as well.  So how can you show your appreciation for those who help you and make your life easier: the mailman, your doorman, your hairstylist, etc. without going bankrupt?  Well, I’ve compiled a list of ideas for gifts that are thoughtful, meaningful, and not too pricey – hopefully these will help you this holiday season.

Show off your baking skills

-Who wouldn’t appreciate a nice, warm batch of freshly baked cookies?  I can tell you – it ‘aint just Santa!  Everyone loves cookies – bake a batch of your favorites, pick up a festive plate and tie it up with colored cellophane – don’t forget to finish it off with a bow!

Help ‘em save

-If you checked out the blog post yesterday, you’ve already seen the clever coupon book made by Team Swagbucks.  Everyone loves a bargain, right?  Select the coupons your recipient will love from our coupon page and print them out.  I’m sure your hairstylist would love some coupons for Bed Head products.  And I bet your babysitter would appreciate some coupons for a good pizza!  Once you’ve got all of the selected coupons printed, trim away all of the extra white space and create a fun, festive cover.  Tie it all together with a pretty bow, and voila!

Tell them how much you care

-Sometimes just expressing your appreciation goes a long way.  For your hairstylist, write a nice note thanking him/her for making you look beautiful.  Include a picture from one of your best hair days, and caption it with something like, “this is because of you.”  For your mailman, place something in your mailbox that will simply cause a smile.  Take a balloon and in big letters write “Thank you for all you do – Happy Holidays” across the balloon.  When he/she opens your mailbox, the balloon will pop out unexpectedly, causing a rush of feel-good excitement.  You can use this technique for your garbagemen also by placing a decorated piece of paper in the lid of the trash can.

Make it crafty

-A handmade ornament is always a nice and festive gesture.  Whether you cut out colored felt in the shape of a heart and cover it in glitter, paste together some popsicle sticks and spray paint it gold, or bend some pipe cleaners into the shape of Santa Claus, handmade ornaments are a very personal gift.  They take time and effort to put together, and they can be personalized specially for your recipient.

The gift that grows

-Pick up some seeds for your favorite plant (it can be herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.), which can be found at your local home improvement store or nursery for very cheap.  Plant them in a nice flower pot, and decorate the pot to make it more personal.  Wrap it up in cellophane and tie it with some ribbon.  All your recipient has to do is set it on their windowsill and watch it grow!

And now I open it up to our Swaggernauts.  What do you give to your mailman, doorman, hairstylist, etc. for the holidays?

~TSGal

P.S. – Send your questions to TheSwagGal@Swagbucks.com.  If your question is picked your answer will be featured in the blog and you’ll be hooked up with 150 Swag Bucks!

Ask the Swag Gal – December 7, 2011

Posted by on Wed, December 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Since holiday season is upon us, I decided to focus this week’s Ask the Swag Gal on the gift-giving aspect of the holidays.  I’ve compiled a list of great stocking stuffers and gift ideas for men, women, teens, and kids that you can find conveniently in our Swag Store! Men What guy doesn’t like sports, ... Read More »

Ask The Swag Gal – November 30, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am
  Since TSGal is under the weather Becky and Emma from Team Swagbucks are stepping in to help out.  Recently at lunch we were discussing the dreaded holiday pictures and how much we dislike relatives with snappy camera fingers.  We thought some of you might have the same feelings toward this annual form of torture ... Read More »

Last Day to Collect

Posted by on Mon, November 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Gobble Gobble!  Today is the LAST day to find those Thanksgiving Collector’s Bills!  Remember, we released the limited edition Black Friday bill on Friday, so if you’be been waiting for the fifth and final bill, there’s still hope!  If you’re lucky enough to collect all five bills, you’ll be hooked up with a 10 Swag ... Read More »

Week in Review – November 26, 2011

Posted by on Sat, November 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Happy Saturday!!  Is everyone full and exhausted from shopping?  Who ventured out on Black Friday?  Let’s take a look at our past week at Swagbucks. On Monday we introduced the delicious Thanksgiving Collector’s Bills.  Up until Friday there were four for you to find – you weren’t able to find the Black Friday bill until, ... Read More »

Ask the Swag Gal – November 23, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 am
This week’s question was posed by a few Swaggernauts looking to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without putting on the pounds: “With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, how can I help keep my body trim and still enjoy all of the trimmings at the upcoming holiday feasts?” Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving dinner, but nobody looks forward ... Read More »

Ask the Swag Gal – November 16, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 16th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut looking for tips for a successful Thanksgiving: “Next week I’m going to be having Thanksgiving at my house for the first time and I’m a bit nervous.  Can you give me some advice on how to make this go smoothly?  I get so stressed out when I’m just trying ... Read More »

Ask The Swag Gal – November 9, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Being that Black Friday is just a few short weeks away, I thought I would take this week’s Ask the Swag Gal and dedicate it to tips and tricks for getting the best bargains on Black Friday.  As I’m sure most of us know, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has earned the reputation of ... Read More »

Ask the Swag Gal – November 2, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut preparing for the season of gift giving: “Like many Swagbucks users, I am always in a financial bind (especially around the holidays). Swagbucks has helped me to afford presents for my immediate family, but maybe you can help me with some inexpensive and creative present ideas for people around ... Read More »

Ask the Swag Gal – October 26, 2011

Posted by on Wed, October 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today’s question comes from a Mommy looking for a fun way to announce her latest pregnancy: “My husband and I just found out we’re expecting baby #3. It will be the last for us and the last grandchild on both sides of our family. Do you know of any creative ways to share the news ... Read More »