The Spend Matters Gift Guide: Charitable Donations

Wondering what presents to procure this holiday season? The Spend Matters Gift Guide offers suggestions on what to give your friends, family or your boss this year. Today's gift suggestion comes from Lisa Reisman, CEO of Azul Partners, Inc. and executive editor for MetalMiner.

Spend Matters Gift Guide

I am particularly fond of the experiential gifts some of my colleagues suggested. I, on the other hand, enjoy purchasing little silly gifts for my kids or much needed clothing accessories for my husband. But in the past couple of years, I have to say my life has been most impacted by 3 non-related concepts.

The first centers on this 2010 New York Times article about how a young couple did away with nearly all of their belongings and have decided to live with only 100 possessions. I have spent a lot of time thinking about that concept (I'd even be game for giving it a whirl). That article changed my entire perspective about gifts and belongings.

The second concept I spend a lot of time thinking about is how I can raise more money for a charity that I am involved with - if everyone who would have given me a holiday gift made a donation to my favorite charity instead, that would certainly "make" my holiday. And vice versa for that matter - nothing makes me happier to receive a donation to my charity and I'm sure my friends and family would truly appreciate when I give to their favorite charities.

And finally, I think every single American should receive the book Unbroken this year for the holidays. It has to be one of the greatest books that I have ever read. If there was ever a book written on a man's will to live, character and spirit this is it. I'm just a little sad knowing the movie can't possibly be as good as the book, whether you think Angelina Jolie has directing talent or not.

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