Best Gifts for Travelers

For the jetsetter in your life, here’s a list of Amazon Prime gifts (still time to order!!) in time to surprise your loved one for Christmas.

Click on the link or image for a direct affiliate link for an instant Amazon purchase!

Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight

  • Owl light provides a comforting friend at bedtime
  • Easy-grasp handle and one-button operation are perfect for toddlers
  • 20 minute timer automatically shuts off to conserve batteries
  • LED technology is cool to the touch
  • Includes 3 AAA batteries

Best Gifts for Travelers

The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada

The New York Times has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column since 2002.

Best Gifts for Travelers

VinniBag Inflatable Travel Bag

  • Reusable, Recyclable, Made in the USA
  • Protects single or multiple items by suspending them in an air cushion.
  • Can accommodate wine & spirits, olive oil, gourmet treats, breakable keepsakes, perfumes, camera lenses, toiletries, and more.

Best Gifts for Travelers


Lewis N. Clark 4-In-1 Adapter Plug

  • For use in more than 175 countries, including most parts of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, North America, and Russia
  • Surge indicator light
  • Includes travel pouch

Best Gifts for Travelers

AUDIO TECHNICA Noise-Canceling Headphones

  • QuietPoint active noise reduction up to 18 dB
  • 40mm driver diameter
  • 106 dB sensitivity; Max. input power 500 mW
  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response

Best Gifts for Travelers

Alfie Pet by Petoga Couture – Set of 3 Ros Silicone Pet Expandable/Collapsible Travel Bowl

  • Collapsible travel bowl ready to store or take anywhere.
  • Easily fits in a pocket, great for travel, parks and walks.
  • Made from durable non-porous silicone and dishwasher safe.

Best Gifts for Travelers

Bucky Shades Sleep Mask With Earplugs

  • 100% Light Blocking For Deep Sleep Or Relaxation Soft Sculpted Cotton Lining No Pressure On Eyes Adjustable Straps Built In Pocket Stores Reusable Ear Plugs Earplugs Included

\Best Gifts for Travelers


World Vision Gifts

Part of our family tradition includes putting envelopes on the tree of the different gifts we’ve purchased in honor of the intended recipient from World Vision.  For my mom, an avid sewer, I got a quilting machine for someone to use to make a living off of.  For my daughter I have gotten her favorite animal so that she would know that because of her “cow” people were getting milk and other food.

The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ handcrafted gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.  Tax deductible gift that continues to give, exemplifying the true reason for the season.

For those procrastinators that don’t have time to receive the associated gift items in the mail, World Vision allows easily printable cards to include in the gift.

World Vision Gift Catalog Perfect Christmas Gifts

Some of my favorite gifts include:

Goat and Two Chickens to nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt as well as fresh eggs to eat with extra eggs to sell.

World Vision gift goat and 2 chickens



Fresh Water More than 6,000 children die each day from diseases spread by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation and hygiene.


Donate to the Clean Water Fund world vision gifts


Social Media


Here’s a link to all of the videos posted by World Vision on Youtube.  The below video is an animated explanation describes the World Vision Gift Catalog.

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

This dedicated to all the pug lovers out there, especially a special family with a pug named Misha who has a very special tongue. I came across one pug thing and it just led to another and another!

Click on these affiliate links to immediately be able to purchase in time for the holidays!  Which do you like the best?  What else would you recommend for the pug lover in your life?

Educational Insights Shelby’S Snack Shack Game

  • Develops number, counting and early math skills
  • Develops fine motor and social skills
  • Great for the whole family

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Beige Pug W/ Red Bowtie OEM Goda Mypetcase Plush Snap On Case W/ Stand For iPhone 5

  • Detachable/Washable Puppy
  • 360 Degree Rotating Stand
  • Front Legs provide extra stand and can be hooked on the inside of your pocket
  • Super soft plush material (just like a comfortable blanket)


Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Apple Iphone Custom Case 4 4s White Plastic Snap on – Keep Calm and Love Pugs



Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Keep Calm And Pug On baby one-piece infant clothing

  • Printed with water-based, eco-friendly inks.
  • Prints are super soft and permanently dyed in the fabric

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Head Case Piper The Pug And Kisses Design Back Case Cover For Apple iPad Mini

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Kurt Adler 3-1/2-Inch Noble Gems Glass Ornament

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper

At work the other day, I was talking to my old manager who was struggling to think of great gifts for his grown up daughter who loves the outdoors. I’m dedicating this post to him. As someone who is not super outdoorsy, I struggled to think of any ideas on the spot but know a lot of people, especially as people shift away from everything technological and crave a closer relationship to nature, would be interested in. Creating this list almost makes me want to go camping! Almost…

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper list

Leave a comment for anything this newbie camper left off the list. What are some of your favorite tools when enjoying the great outdoors? Good luck shopping! For those last minute shoppers, I included the direct affiliate link to purchase each of these items on Amazon Prime for next day delivery. Until Amazon works out their drone situation, Prime is still the next best shipping option.

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

  • From Coleman, 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road
  • With 285 square inches cooking space, grill features porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and cleaning ease
  • Meats cook over 2 10,000 BTU straight burners; requires separate purchase of a 16.4-ounce disposable propane cylinder
  • Additional features include towing handle, wheels, and detachable side tables; assembly required
  • The collapsed grill measures 36 by 22 by 13 inches with a shipping weight of 60 pounds; limited 5-year warranty

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Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

  • Nylon
  • Essentials pocket big enough for multitool or wallet
  • Stash pocket
  • Reflectivity accents for safety
  • Elastic cord system holds shed layers
  • Hydration Capacity: 70 ounces or 2 liters


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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Sports Bottle
  • High quality colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • A great way to give back Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice
  • The Lifetime Warranty makes Hydro Flasks the best water bottles

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle

  • Silicone and stainless steel
  • 5-cup, 40-ounce capacity
  • For use on gas and electric stove tops
  • Collapses for storage
  • Expands for use/collapses for storage

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Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool

  • Twelve components
  • Tripod functionally with camera and cell phone mount
  • Fine and serrated blade
  • Stand for your iPhone!
  • Micro flat. Square cross and medium flat screwdrivers
  • Bottle opener, needle nose pliers and wire cutters

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

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AeroBed PakMat with Hand Pump

  • Hand pump included no batteries needed
  • 100-Percent phthalate-free, and puncture-resistant
  • Channel construction to keep you off the ground
  • Bed stores inside pump for compact storage
  • Measures 78-inch by 26-inch by 5-inch high when inflated

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Nite Ize Buglit LED Task Light

  • Available with a high visibility White LED
  • Fully bendable legs can be bent wrapped or twisted allowing the BugLit to sit stand stay or shine wherever you need it.
  • Gear Tie Technology – Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere but won’t scratch or mark
  • Be seen be safe
  • Innovation and fun all in one

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To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set in Avocado

Beautiful Bamboo Fork, Knife, Spoon and Chopstick Set Included Avocado Carrying Case Carrying Case

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Pass the Pigs

At the end of a long day hiking you might want to relax around the fireplace and play a game of “Pass the Pigs”!

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Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Light

  • Magnetic closure allows you to clip the Mini Hozuki anywhere or hang it from any stainless steel surface or hook to mini Hozuki lights together
  • Choose from 3 bright settings (low, medium, or high) so you can illuminate your whole campsite or just your tent
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) provides up to 70 hrs of operation on low and 40 hrs on high
  • Silicone rubber lantern shade diffuses light and withstands regular use while camping and traveling


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Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

  • Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance
  • High-quality aluminum wire gate carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line
  • Stuffs into attached compression sack, about the size of a softball

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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable.

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Places to Donate on #GivingTuesday

This morning I came across tweets on Twitter that included the hashtag #GivingTuesday.  Partnering with over 8,300 organizations in need, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for (their mission statement):

#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Help kick off the holidays with the truest reason for the season!

#GivingTuesday ways to help on Dec 3
Picture from #GivingTuesday




There are so many to help, here are a few that I came across in my follow list.  Also consider giving aid to those in the Philippines through these non-profit agencies here.







GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY details below!

The Nutcracker will run over two weekends from November 29-December 1 and December 6-December 8. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the San Antonio Symphony Box Office, and the Majestic Theatre Box Office.

December 6-December 8

  • Fri & Sat, 7 p.m.
  • Sat & Sun, 2 p.m.


Buy tickets online check out this link.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets



This season’s Nutcracker also features approximately 150 children from across San Antonio and surrounding areas, the largest number of children to participate in a Ballet San Antonio production.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY: Family Four (4) Pack of Tickets

I am very excited to be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see Ballet San Antonio perform timeless Christmas classic The Nutcracker with music by the San Antonio Symphony!

As always there are several ways to win!

Winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 and tickets will be available for will-call pick up on winner’s desired date

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Originally starting as a list of hostess/host gifts, I quickly saw a common theme in the gifts that I find based on recommendations from others. This year is the year for beer. Craft beer business is booming across America which means we also need the corresponding swag to go with it! Here is a list that I discovered for our beer drinker in our life. Dedicated to all the beer lovers in my life, you know who you are!


Hydro Flask Growler

The perfect tailgating gift, this insulated beer growler keeps beer cold (and fizzy!) for up to 24 hours! (Also keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours…) Added bonus? 5% of the sale goes back to the charity of your choice! 😀

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

Nobody wants to drink a hot beer right? Ensure that your drink is cold from the first sip to the last by freezing the corkcicle and simply inserting into any bottled beer and drinking right through it!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Libbey Craft Brews Beer Flight 6-Ounce Clear Pilsner Glass Set

What beer drinker wouldn’t like to offer a beer flight of their favorite craft beers from the comfort of their own home? I could definitely envision said person enjoying multiple sets for when friends come over.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Firewood Beer Soap- Made with Abita Purple Haze

Soap made with Abita Purple Haze, what?! More than 100 varieties of beer soap to choose from, this very personal gift will definitely surprise the recipient!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


The Oxford Companion to Beer

A collection of 1,100 A-Z beer stories highlighted by the most famous beer experts in the world. Perfect for the home brewer and beer importer, this book is filled with comprehensive resources and cultural references.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


HeadCase Hard Case and Bottle Opener

You might not always have a bottle opener with you but chances are you’ll have your phone! Use this two-in-one solution so you don’t have to ever find yourself in a precarious position again.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

DrinKlip Uni

Use this drink clip to provide an instant drink holder, no matter the surface! Never worry about spilling a drop again!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Beer/Wine Safeguard Reusable Bottle Protector

If you’re making a beer pilgrimage and want to bring some of the bounty home, use this reusable bottle protector to keep your beer safe and your clothes dry! Protects during the dangers of traveling!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

KegWorks Growler On Board Beer Transport Unit

Safety first! People always buckle up their most precious cargo and this growler transport unit allows the safe delivery of up to three growlers from point A to point B! Either securely traveling on the floor or additionally protected with a seatbelt, this eliminates any road trip stress.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Kikkerland Luchador Bottle Opener
Very popular right now, this bottle opener of a mini wrestler is sweeping the internet for its 15 minutes of fame. Token inclusion.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers



Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Although I pride myself on being a good shopper, the holidays is a hard time for even the most professional shopper. It’s one thing to be the parent of the children you’re shopping for…shopping for someone else’s kids can be even harder! What will they like? Is it age appropriate? Will it drive the parents nuts (though I find that people who don’t have children worry about this one less…) Luckily Melissa and Doug take out all the guess work with their top 20 list for great 2012 holiday gifts.

And don’t feel limited to these awesome options. I really like a lot of the games and puzzles they come up with. My daughter has the hangman game which is very cute and great for long car rides to grandma’s house this year! You’ll no longer have to deal with paper and crayons getting smashed into the car seat!

Another gift for older kids that I saw recommended on another parenting website was the Suspend Family Game which is an aerial version of Jenga!

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page here to learn more ways that you can win one of their daily contests! And you don’t even have to go that far!

Geekette Bits Giveaway!

I will be giving away the following gift from Melissa and Doug that has been a favorite of my daughter and I for a very long time!

Not only do you get an absolutely adorable Trunki, a portable suitcase that your kids can also sit on or “ride” during long walks across airport terminals, you’ll also be able to decorate it! I picked one that I thought would be great for a boy or girl.

Enter to Win:

@geekettebits I want to win @MelissaAndDoug‘s trunki! #TerrificTwenty


{ Although Melissa and Doug let me sample one of their products my opinions are definitely my own and I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t love the quality and creativity of all of their products! }

Tiny Prints | Online Card Printing

ENTER to WIN! One reader will be selected to win $50 off their total order on December 3, 2012! Details below.

 A lot of you know this year has been nonstop! Newly married (working on my DIY wedding blog posts!), I also switched jobs at work, moved my daughter into a new house and school, and just normal life stuff. I got married in September and have anxiously been waiting for the return of my wedding pictures from my fabulous wedding photographer, Blake Mistich of Mistich Photography! Well, I just got them back! So I began to start researching online card printing shops so I could say “thank you” with a very special and personalized card. In the past I have blogged about Vista Print, but for this I wanted to kick it up a notch without going over budget.

Tiny Prints

I asked around and went through several options before falling in LOVE with Tiny Prints! I loved how much I was able to customize and how many options they offered. It was very easy to upload pictures and drag and drop, and crop the images for the cards. I saved probably 15 different card options (which of course made the decision a lot harder for me) but I loved being able to reopen past projects. You know I don’t do anything without a coupon code and Tiny Prints offered plenty (check out my save money section below.) I am also checking out their custom stamps, I love these!

personalized ink stamp

Some of their super cute Christmas Photo Cards include:

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But you won’t feel limited in your options!

Tiny Prints on Social:

Coupon Codes:

Tired of scouring the web for coupon codes? Tiny Prints puts it all out there on their promotional codes page found here. Current discounts include 20% off your entire purchase of Christmas cards, and rush delivery at $14.95, a savings of $10!

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Save Money!

Sign up for Tiny Prints and receive $15 off your first order!

Tiny Prints promotional offer and coupon codes

Sign up for Wedding Paper Divas and receive $20 off your first order!

Wedding paper divas promotional offer and coupon codes


In order to win $50 off your entire purchase, simply do any of the following, one entry person action, make sure you leave me a note in the comments what all you do:

@geekettebits – I want to win $50 off on @tinyprints!

(1) winner will be announced on December 3, 2012 so hurry up and get your entries in!

Additional Websites:

Don’t forget to check out their other websites:

 {{ Although I was sponsored to write this post, all of my opinions are my own and I feel confident that you will be as pleased with your purchases as I was! }}

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways

Although the “12 Days of Christmas” normally occurs the day after Christmas, December 26 leading to the Feast of Epiphany, on the twelfth day, on January 6, the following retailers and talk show hosts are offering 12 days of giveaways, discounts, and prizes to get you in the holiday spirit!

Check back daily from now until the 12 of December (depending on the website…) and take advantage of their that day only sale or surprise. Enter to win giveaways or use special coupon codes! Online only.


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Godiva Chocolate


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Starbucks

Starbucks 12 festive holiday gifts



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Dell Computers


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Netted



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - the Ellen Show

Ellen Show Tune in to see these fantastic prizes and watch all show long to see the names of the 25 lucky winners.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Oprah

Oprah Twelve lucky readers will win the Favorite Things chosen by Oprah



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Thai Airways

Thai Airways 12 days special fares

Windcrest Christmas Lights | San Antonio, TX

UPDATED:  Link to 2013 Windcrest Christmas Lights homepage

So, I should be ashamed because after living in San Antonio, TX since 2001-ish, I have never been to drive through the Windcrest Light Up (link to official website…) and marvel at the Christmas lights.  This year’s Light Up theme was “A Star-Studded Christmas” and there were tons of “stars”!  One yard boosted everyone from the Beatles to basketball players and everyone in between!  One house had music that you could tune into while you watched the lights flash in time w/ the music.

WARNING:  I went on Christmas night and it was pretty bumper to bumper.  Some people walked through the neighborhood which was fairly good sized.  I know though, the people walking made GREAT time and although they may have been chilly, they would have enjoyed the lights far more quickly than anyone sitting in traffic.  I’m not sure how residents deal w/ the traffic, Fenwick was bumper to bumper for 45 minutes!  Bring snacks, activities, and don’t go before the kids have gone to the restroom.  The lights were incredible and even the side streets w/o winners had many neighbors in the holiday spirit.

Check out the google map below, based on the winners list found on the website, I have plotted where each of the houses is for easy Garmin GPS entry. 🙂

According to their website, the City’s official map of the lighted neighborhood is here.

View 2010 Windcrest Christmas Lights – San Antonio, TX in a larger map

City of Windcrest



2011 Day After Christmas Sales

Last year I wrote a Day After Christmas Sales post on my blog and got over 1500 visitors that day after Christmas. Here are the deals, sales, and coupons I found for 2011 to start the post-Christmas, ready to save money season off right. As I find more deals I’ll add them to this post, check back frequently! 😀

*Post-Christmas is one of the BEST times to buy large electronics and appliances…just saying…

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Retailer Promo Code Description
Dillard’s Sale and Clearance items in-store and online
Macy’s HOLIDAY Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $99
Kohl’s HOHOHO15 Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $75
Party City PCTCYM FREE next day air, > $65; 50% off New Year supplies
Big Lots Clearance, holiday sales, 20% off w/ initial email sign up!
Saks Fifth Avenue instore and online, prices increase online 12/27 and instore 12/26 at noon.
Nordstrom instore and online, double reward points and savings start 12/26 at 8am
JCPenney SHOP4FUN $10 off $25 purchase, 12/26-12/27; 75% off clearance and seasonal items
Café Press MYNEW $10 off iphone & iPad cases
Half Price Books 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/26-12/29
Red Box BETTERINBLU 1st Blu-Ray is only $1! HOLIDAY $25 gift certificate for $2
Hancock Fabrics Online exclusives on 12/25
Tickets Now HOLIDAY10 10% off ALL tickets
Avelle 50GIFT 50% off all in-stock rentals, expires 12/26
Crabtree & Evelyn 25% off storewide plus $10 hand therapy
GAP LBKVWFXN8R4X 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/25
Urban Outfitters 50% off in-store purchase, 12/26-27!
Anthropologie 25% off sale items


Up to 70% off!
New York and Company 6322 Up to 70% off w/ an extra 20% off, today!
Borders BRW9132V 25% off entire purchase, today ONLY!
Ann Taylor Loft HOLIDAY 40% off entire purchase today and tomorrow
GIVEMP3S $2 in MP3 Downloads
Express 9877; 9882 $75 off $250 purchase! 12/25-12/27

Added 12/26/2011:

Brooks Brothers – save up to 40% off
Golf Galaxy – additional 25% off (WINTERSALE)
Crate & Barrel – up to 60 % off
Bed Bath & Beyond – 50% off
Newegg – tons of electronics on sale
Sephora – extra 20% off (EXTRA)
Puma – semi-annual sale, 40% off

Give Best Gift Ever | UNICEF Charity

Did you wait until the last minute to purchase a Christmas present this year?  No fear!  UNICEF is here.

The best gift is a gift that keeps giving…and what could be better than a gift that literally saves lives, natural resources, and makes the world a better place!

A couple of Sundays ago, at my church Oak Hills in San Antonio, Max Lucado quickly showed a video of missionaries from our church sent to different parts of Africa to build fresh water wells w/ money raised from the Bibleland Children’s Sunday School classes.  Not only were the children there laughing and thanking us, they are now able to enjoy clean, fresh water without worrying about contamination, disease, and travelling many miles to fetch a tiny amount.

Check out all the ways to give back to children around the world:

UNICEF Charity gifts


Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more.

22,000 children die EVERY DAY from preventable diseases.  Imagine being able to buy a gift that saves the life of one or many children in poverty stricken parts of the world!  Several, charitable organizations like UNICEF let you do just that!  Dedicate the purchase in the name of a loved one or friend and send/print notification.

Right now the featured gift is a “Winter Child Survival Pack” that includes:

  • supplies to sustain child for 6 months!!
  • vitamins and minerals to grow healthy
  • measles and polio immunizations
  • enough water purification tablets for 50,000 liters of water!!

ALL of that is possible w/ a small donation of $81.35!  And if that’s too much they take general donations of $5 and more.

help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community

  • Education & Play – school supplies, soccer balls, and more give these children a chance for quality educations!
  • Immunizations – vaccinations for diseases that don’t even exist in modern countries ($20 buys 412 tetanus shots)
  • Water – water pumps, purification, and family water kits
  • Nutrition – baby scales, ready to eat food, vitamin powder ($18 buys 604 individual doses of vitamins and minerals!)
  • Emergency – high energy food, water kits, tents and more to help during emergencies
  • Health – first aid kits for field workers, mother/baby packs, for $80 save 1000k from deadly diseases

UNICEF Holiday Promotions from Corporate Partners

Did you know that as you’re shopping for people on other sites you could still be helping children fight preventable diseases?!

American AirlinesCauses on FacebookDelta Air Lines
FEEDGucciH&MIKEA |  Western Union

Click on the links for more details!  American Airlines is fighting diseases w/ incentives to donate to UNICEF by offering 2 AAdvantage miles in return for EACH dollar donated.  Donate right now!

The special edition “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey bag, designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in grey “La Pelle Guccissima” leather, is being sold in Gucci stores in over 20 countries and from April 15, 2010 through February 28, 2011, Gucci will donate 25% of the retail price!

 "Gucci for UNICEF" special edition Sukey bag

UNICEF Social Media

Teacher resources for online charity UNICEF

TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of UNICEF-focused resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for educators, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to water and sanitation.

*Teaser for my next blog “Teach UNICEF” 🙂

Frost at the Westin La Cantera

The holidays are sweeping the Hill Country by storm.  First stop on Santa’s sleigh?  The Westin La Cantera!

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Legendary Holidays

December 13 through December 24: Join Bandera-native and storyteller and singer “Makin’ Dust”.  When:  Nightly, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where:  Gather in Tio’s Lobby Lounge, outdoor walking tour.

Celebrando Navidad

The Esparza library converts into a folkloric-themed gathering spot for holiday story book readings.

When:  Monday – Friday at 3:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm

Enjoy light refreshments like Mexican Hot Chocolate and Churros!



Frost Westin La Cantera

November 18 through January 8, enjoy outdoors ice skating from 11am through 8pm.

Is it real ice? No. The skating surface is constructed of a unique, environmentally sound, Hybrid-ice®. It is made of a non-toxic mixture of recyclable plastics and polymers.

You can bring your own ice skates or borrow a pair while you enjoy the magic of Christmas.  The cost is $10 for 45 minutes!

Westin La Cantera Frost Menu

Look for my blog post about Frost’s Tasting Menu!

Family Activities

Trip to the “North Pole” –  Westin Kids Club converts to the North Pole from 11/18/10 to 1/8/11, where kids can create seasonal arts and crafts. Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Santa’s Workshop (in the San Augustin room 12/13 to 12/24) to make a personal keepsake holiday toy with the elves.

North Pole at Westin La Cantera

Visit Santa (San Lorenzo room 12/13 to 12/24 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm).

Decorate cookies (San Jacinto room 12/13 to 12/24).


A holiday comedy performed by The Magik Theatre. 7:30 pm on November 20, 27 and December 4, 11 and 18. Cost is $5.00 for adults; children under 5 are free. Cash or room charge only.

Toys for Tots

The Westin La Cantera Resort is proud to be a drop off location for Toys for Tots again this year.

Bring a new and unwrapped gift to The Westin La Cantera Resort for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to collect and distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in our community.

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Christmas Gift Card Rewards

Back by popular demand (from this article last year), here’s all the gift card purchases you can buy for loved ones (or yourself!!) that are accompanied with extra incentives to buy.  Gift cards can still be an incredibly thoughtful gift without taking up too much space or time.  Since you’re going to be getting the gift cards anyways (or if you want to save additional money when you make purchases for yourself…) check out these great seasonal offers that will not only bring a smile a friend to the person receiving the gift, but also the one giving (FREE stuff for you!!):

*For those gift cards that I missed, here’s a link to 54 more gift cards w/ a comparative checklist.

Maggianos gift card reward

Retailer/Restaurant Gift Card Reward
California Pizza Kitchen Purchase $100 in CPK Gift Cards and receive a $20 Rewards Card.
Kids Foot Locker Through 12/24, get $10 rewards card w/ gift card purchases >$50
DSW Through 12/24, get $10 rewards card w/ gift card purchases >$50
The Palm For every $250 you spend on gift cards, you’ll receive a $50 thank you card that can be used at The Palm from January 1 to April 30, 2011.
Godiva FREE $10 gift card w/ every $50 purchase
IHOP $5 rewards with every $25 gift card purchase
L.L.Bean FREE $10 gift card w/ every $50 purchase
Morton’s Steakhouse Buy $300 gift card and get $50 or buy $500 to get $100
Outback Steakhouse FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 purchase
Hancock Fabric For every $100 or more single transaction between 12/11/2010-12/24/2010 you will receive a $20 BONUS BUCK card towards your next purchase between 12/26/2010-1/12/2011
Maggianos FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 gift purchase
The Children’s Place Receive a $10 coupon when you purchase $40
Amazon Gift Card Spend $50, get $5
Roaring Fork, Wildfish, (Eddie V Restaurants) FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 gift purchase
Brunswick Bowling Alley Free $5 Brunswick bonus certificate with every $25 gift card purchase
Dave & Busters Spend $25, get $5; spend $50, get $10
Chucke Cheese’s Get 20 free tokens for every $25 gift card purchased
Benihana Spend $50, get $10
Fox and Hound Spend $25, get $5
Sky Mall Spend $100, get $50

Day After Christmas Sales & Deals

Everyone’s done shopping for the year…right?!  Ya…me neither.  😀  Just in-case anyone is planning to do a little last minute, end of the year shopping, I have compiled a list of 45 retailers (online, in-store, or both…) that are set to expire within the next week or two.  Check them out, plan accordingly, they are sorted by expiration date.

*As another helpful hint, I bought a model Christmas tree from Bed, Bath, and Beyond last year the day after Christmas, early in the morning.  It is a pre-lit, 9 foot tree and I was able to snag it for $25 after using my Bed, Bath, and Beyond EXPIRED 20% off a single item coupon.  Don’t be afraid to ask, it was a great deal for me!  They even threw in the red and gold, assorted sizes, ornaments! 😀


Expiring Really Soon!

Expires Retailer Deal Promo Code
12/26/2009 Papa John’s FREE Pizza w/ Regular Priced Purchas BOGO17
12/26/2009 Sears $5 Off a $50 Purchase (In-Store) printable coupon
12/26/2009 Guess 20% off Full Priced order Register on website
12/26/2009 Express 50% off winter items
12/26/2009 Office Depot Take $10 OFF $40; 10% off single item 18811017
12/27/2009 Coach Outlet Additional 20% off (In-store) printable coupon
12/27/2009 Anne Klein Take 30% off everything automatic
12/27/2009 Macy’s $10 off $25 purchase printable coupon
12/27/2009 Macy’s 15% off clearance items printable coupon
12/27/2009 Banana Republic Up to 40% Off + Extra 15% Off Reduced Items (Online Only) BREXTRA15
12/27/2009 Gap Extra 20% off sale items GAPEXTRA20


Expiring by End of the Year!

Expires Retailer Deal Promo Code
12/28/2009 Game Stop/Payless Shoes Any Game Stop purchase receives coupon for $5 off $25 Payless purchase GameStop store receipt into any Payless ShoeSource store
12/28/2009 JCPenny $15 off $75 purchase; $10 off $50 purchase printable coupon
12/28/2009 Express $15 off $30; $30 off $75 purchase 4599
12/28/2009 Oriental Trading $10 off $20 purchase ANY774
12/29/2009 Perry Ellis Extra 40% off sale items PESALE40
12/30/2009 Target $7 off $70 purchase automatic
12/30/2009 Ann Taylor 40% off entire purchase (online and in-store) SAVE40
12/31/2009 JCPenny 15% off online purchase PCTHANJC
12/31/2009 Home Depot 50% off Holiday Decorations + FREE shipping
12/31/2009 The Children’s Place 15% off purchase (online and in-store) GGAC9
12/31/2009 New York & Company 30% off $75 purchase 2516
12/31/2009 Sephora Extra 20% off sale items EXTRA
12/31/2009 Pepboys Auto $5 off $35 purchase printable coupon
12/31/2009 Zyrtec $10 off coupons printable coupon
12/31/2009 Petco $5 off $25 purchase printable coupon
12/31/2009 Dick’s $10 off $50 purchase printable coupon
12/31/2009 Brookstone $30 off $450 purchase AF3DEC
12/31/2009 $15 off $100 purchase 144181
12/31/2009 Paul Frank 50% off everything online automatic
12/31/2009 Regal Cinemas FREE Large drink w/ large popcorn purchase printable coupon
12/31/2009 Nautica 20% off $150 purchase GIFT20
12/31/2009 Express 25% off entire purchase printable coupon
12/31/2009 Puma 20% off entire purchase 77PUMA
12/31/2009 NFL Shop 15% off entire purchase SPRINTVIP2


Expiring After the New Year!

Expires Retailer Deal Promo Code
1/2/2010 Walgreen’s Photos 9 cents per 4×6 print 50 prints to qualify
1/3/2010 Amazon Video $4 Amazon Video on Demand credit, FREE! AVODGIFT
1/4/2010 DKNY 40% off entire purchase
1/4/2010 Victoria’s Secret $15 Off $100, $30 Off $150, $75 Off $250, $150 Off $500 purchase SP1020029
1/10/2010 Lucky Brand 50% off sale online; in-store


Unknown Expiration Date, Use Sooner than Later!

Retailer Deal Promo Code
Pac Sun’s 50% off instantly clearance items, FREE shipping over $75 purchase automatic
Godiva Chocolate up to 50% off sale
White House | Black Market 20% off order 8884
L.L. Bean up to 50% off sale