The price of a first class postage stamp will increase from 42 cents to 44 cents effective Monday, May 11th, 2009. So I’d suggest everyone head down to their local Post Awful some time before then and pick up a few books of the Forever Stamp, like I did this morning. By virtue of its name, the Forever Stamp – which can currently be purchased for $7.56 for a book of 18 stamps – will still be valid for the 44 Cent postage increase and all increases after that! So stock up now and save yourself the hassle of having to buy a bunch of 2-cent stamps!
Christmas totally rocks; Christmas shopping, not so much. But I am way into the belief that it is far better to give than to receive. Every year for the past ten years or so, as Christmas season rolls around and my family begs me to give them ideas of what I would like to receive as a gift, I tell them this: please don’t get me anything that I can’t use up. There are a few good reasons that I offer this suggestion. First of all, I have everything I want because if I want something, I buy it.
Secondly, I live in a small NYC apartment where I am already pushing maximum density as far as storage space goes. And I can’t afford to move, so please don’t buy me “things” unless they are replacing other things that I am going to throw away. Thirdly, my parents are under the somewhat misbegotten impression that I am the world’s most eccentric freak when it comes to taste in everything from clothes to books. I swear, my Mom has purchased holiday gifts for me that give the impression she’s shopping for someone she’s never even met, let alone helped to raise. (Although last Christmas she did buy me a hot pink iPod, god love her.) Here’s what I want for Christmas this year: gift cards to Trader Joe’s (because I like to eat) or Amazon.com (because I like to read) or The Body Shop (because I like to be soft and clean and smell good).
I am betting there are many people out there who would also prefer to be given gifts they can use up, like dinner at a nice local restaurant or a massage at that bitchen day spa they’ve always wanted to go to, or a trip to a cooking class. I have just discovered how you can make that happen, in a creative way for a very reasonable price. Tagged as “The Experience Gift,” Giftybox allows you to give the ultimate gift for “the person who has it all,” or, you know, someone who is just particular in their tastes.
Some of the experience gifts available through Giftybox include adventures (such as scuba diving, scenic flights and horseback riding), wine tasting tours, dinners for two, classes (martial, arts dancing, cocktail making, etc) and spa treatments for both men and women, all priced from $34.99 to $100. In every case, the Giftybox experience is priced well below retail value (some of the beauty treatments available are worth well over the $89 cost of the Giftybox) and – this is my favorite part – if you want to join your Gift Recipient on the “gift experience” you can buy an extra gift pass at a significantly reduced price. Win win! And the best part is you can do all your shopping without leaving your computer! Check out the adventures and gift experiences available at Giftybox right now!
Find it here, along with other delicious bacon-flavored treats!