Gift Wrapping Made Easy

A beautifully wrapped gift really shows someone you care. These clever gift wrapping ideas are sure to impress everyone on your Christmas gift list. They start with plain wrapping paper you can find at any store and are made beautiful with embellishments from local craft stores.

Want to make gift-wrapping fun instead of a chore? Hold a gift wrapping party. Friends can bring an appetizer or drink and you can eat, drink and wrap together while sharing inspiration and ideas – or if you are a slow wrapper like me, your friends will pitch in and help you finish.

However you wrap your gifts this holiday season, have fun with it!

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2016 South Shore MA Awards!

Congratulations to all of our local business partners on their ‪‎2016 Best of the South Shore and Readers Choice awards! We knew you were the best and now the rest South Shore, MA does too!

acorn-canning-coAcorn Canning Company

  • #1 Takeout Restaurant in Marshfield
  • Honorable Mention for Bakery

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Olympus Grille

  • Honorable Mention for Takeout
  • Honorable Mention for Catering

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Peel Pizza Company

  • Best Pizza in Cohasset (Honorable Mention in Hingham)

rio-brazilian-steakhouse
Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

  • #1 Steakhouse in Plymouth

bella-aesthetics
Bella Aesthetics

  • Gold Regional Award for Manicure/Pedicure
  • #1 Manicure/Pedicure in Cohasset
  • #1 Massage in Cohasset

kyma
KYMA cosmetic surgery | anti-aging center

  • Honorable Mention Day Spa in Norwell

spa-tique
Spa-tique Day Spa

  • #1 Choice for Best Day Spa/ Massage in Marshfield
  • Silver Regional Award for Day Spa/Massage
  • Best Massage & Best Wax in South Shore Living 2016 Best Issue
  • Honorable Mention for Tanning Salon

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Dragonfly Yoga Studio

  • Honorable Mention Health Club/Yoga

mono-mono-boutique
Mono Mono Boutique

  • #1 Choice for Gift Shop in Marshfield
  • #1 Choice for Toy Store in Marshfield
  • Bronze Regional Award for Gift Shop
  • Honorable Mention for Jewelry Store
  • Honorable Mention for Children’s Clothing
  • Honorable Mention for Home Decorating

sportworks
Sportworks, Ltd

  • #1 Choice for Sporting Goods Store in Duxbury
  • Bronze Regional  Award Sporting Goods Store

Give a Gift that Makes a Difference and/or Changes a Life!

I think we all have someone on our holiday shopping list who has absolutely everything and wants for nothing. If that’s the case, yet you still want to do something for this person, consider one of the amazing charitable gifting options below in their name.

The Gift of Giving
http://www.thegiftofgiving.com

Kiva Cards
http://www.kiva.org/gifts/kiva-cards

Wishbone Gift Certificate
https://www.wishbone.org/gift_cards/new

There are so many options to choose from, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Do your research, just make sure they are a reputable organization, and of course, make sure to do it before December 31st so you can take advantage of Uncle Sam’s gift to you , a tax deduction.

http://nonprofit.about.com/od/fordonors/tp/taxdeductionsforcharity.htm

Below are a few tips on charitable giving. If you do so with both your head and your heart, your giving will warm you and others for a long time to come. Check any charity against the “Consumer Reports” of the charitable world.

• GuideStar lists 1.8 million nonprofits in its database, all of which have met IRS criteria for exempt organizations. You can check here to make sure your charity is a 501(c)(3) charity, and examine a charity’s latest tax form that it has filed with the IRS.

• The Better Business Bureau’s Start With Trust website keeps track of complaints against nonprofits, just as it does for businesses. A nonprofit that displays the BBB logo on its site has passed a rigorous screening process from the BBB.

• Charity Navigator ranks charities based on their efficiency, transparency and accountability. The rating agency gives charities up to four stars, providing an easy way to find the organizations where your contributions will be safe and effective.

• Great Nonprofits actually provides user reviews of nonprofits, which can give you a more personal view of what real people, who either donate to or receive services, think about a particular nonprofit.

“Experiential Gifting”

Toys may break, clothing goes out of style, gadgets are obsolete within minutes, but memories are forever and make us who we are.
Consider gifting an “Experience” this year that will create a life-long memory for your family, loved one or friend.

The greatest gift we ever own is not found in big box stores or under our Christmas trees. It is found in the hearts of your family, true friends and memories. It is not until a loved one is diagnosed with an illness that is going to erase their memories, that you realize how precious and priceless these stored life experiences are. Below are some experiential gifting ideas that I’ve either given to someone, or would love to receive (hint, hint).

“Memory Making” gift ideas:

FAMILY…
Family Vacation
Ski weekend
Scavenger Hunt through Boston
White Water Rafting Trip
Blue Man Group Tickets
Maybe a New Puppy!

SPOUSE…
A tandem Kayak so you have future memories to create together
Cape Cod Dinner Train
Sunset Cruise in Boston
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Flying Lessons

FRIEND…
Boston Wine or Chocolate Tour
Tickets to a Play or Concert
Sky Diving
Zip Lining