The big day may be over but this is still a good time to make a donation to those less fortunate than yourself.

If you donate them to a non-profit charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, it’s also a good idea to get a receipt, because you can deduct the value of the donation when you do your taxes. Take some time to:

* Go through your closets, and drawers to look for clothes you no longer wear.
* Get your kids involved and find toys they’re no longer interested in.
* Clean out your basement, garage, and storage areas.

While you are going through this process, you may even find some valuable items you are no longer using that you could sell on EBay or through your community newspaper, like the Penny Saver or Thrifty Nickel, to make some extra money!

Charity Gifts

Here is an excellent idea! Why not give a gift with a purpose. A socially responsible gift is ideal for the person who has everything.

Many organizations will send your gift recipient a gift card or symbolic gift to inform them of the donation made in their name. Alternatively, some organizations offer a general “gift certificate” donation that allows the recipient to choose the charity they would like the funds to go to.

This is a great idea when you feel the person you are buying for is just too tough to figure out or who, like I said, seems to have everything!