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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?


P.S. – Send your questions to  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 – 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 »

Kids on Turkey Day

Posted by on Tue, November 15th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving is just a week away, and although I’m sure we’re getting excited for all of the good food and great company, are the kids getting excited?  Besides having a day off from school, there’s not generally too much excitement involved in Thanksgiving for the little ones.  But, don’t give up hope!  Daddy Pilgrim and ... Read More »

Save the Date

Posted by on Mon, November 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Attention, Swaggernauts – we’ve just made an awesome improvement to the ledger in your account details.  Now, you can see how many Swag Bucks you’ve earned over a specific time period.  Maybe you want to see how many bucks you earned yesterday or how many you earned last month.  Well, now you can!  Simply click ... Read More »

And the winner is…you!

Posted by on Thu, November 10th, 2011 at 7:00 am
How would you feel if you found out that you instantly won 1,000 Swag Bucks?  Well, that dream is not too far off from reality, thanks to Swagbucks’ Hourly Random Winner.  The Hourly Random Winner is exactly what it says it is – it’s a user selected at random who wins 1,000 Swag Bucks that ... 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 »

Whistle While You Work

Posted by on Mon, November 7th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Everyone always has their own tips and tricks when it comes to getting exercise: do it with a friend, take the stairs, bike to work, get into a routine, etc.  However, only about 30% of us are getting to the gym or working out with any regularity, according to  Exercise is tremendously important, because ... Read More »

Beauty Tips

Posted by on Mon, October 10th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
There are all kinds of products out there specifically designed for teeth whitening and other aesthetic adjustments.  A lot of times, these products are ridiculously overpriced and don’t even end up working.  Fortunately, I found a great article on Hybrid Mom that shares some secrets to super white nails and teeth. For Stains/Teeth Whitening Take ... Read More »

Screenshot Tutorial

Posted by on Thu, October 6th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Often times here at Swagbucks we run fun promotions and contests that require you to share a screenshot.  I’ve noticed, lately, that some of you were not quite sure how to take and post a screenshot, so I’m writing this in hopes of clearing the air. For PC Users: If you look at your keyboard, ... Read More »