December 2011 
Family of four wearing winter gear outside in the snow.

The flurry of holiday activities, the last-minute gift shopping and the rush to get in donations before the end of the year, can have us all starting to feel a little frantic. But don't fret! Goodwill® has low-stress solutions this December that are friendly on your wallet and fun for your family. 

Give the 12 Gifts of Goodwill This Season      



As you're checking your lists and running errands these next few days, don't forget to make Goodwill one of your December shopping destinations.   


To make things even easier for you, we've put together a list of 12 popular things you can find at Goodwill that are sure to make your holiday season even brighter. 


Four Great Gift Ideas 


Want to steer clear of the malls, box stores and the generally ho-hum gifts that everyone else is giving? Head over to Goodwill and check out these items.


Books, Vinyl, Toys 

  • Books. You can easily snag 10 or more great titles for the price of a new best-seller, and stack up an impressive gift for the reader on your list. 
  • Vinyl. As you're thumbing through Goodwill's selection of golden oldies, don't lose track of time. Stay focused on that gift you had in mind for your favorite DJ. 

  • Toys. You don't have to spend big to shop for little ones. Stock up on toys that look like new, but have been previously loved by someone else. 
  • Good cheer. When you shop at Goodwill, you're helping someone have a meaningful work experience and a better life. Pat yourself on the back for doing some good! 
And this is just the start! Hop on over to to find four super ideas for festive holiday events, then check out our solutions to your New Year's resolutions on Facebook.

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Teach Children about Holiday Giving

Lorie Marrero  

By Lorie Marrero, CPO®, Creator of the Clutter Diet®, Spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International


Most of us hope that our children understand the joy of giving, but with wish lists and presents, it's challenging to shift kids away from the focus on receiving. Here are a few of my favorite ways to teach children about giving, and they might even learn some important organizing lessons along the way!   


Involve your children in the gift-giving process. Show them how to make a gift list for their family, friends and teachers. Children love to spend time with you, so find a craft or kitchen project that will allow you to make these gifts together. There are many easy ideas here for gifts that kids can make.  


Out with the old, in with the new. Because they're going to get lots of new toys, explain to them that we have to make room for them by clearing out the old toys we no longer enjoy. We have a chance to teach kids in a way they completely understand that storage is a finite thing, that there is a concept of "enough," and that clearing out is a natural part of life, just like the seasons in nature.


An A-B-C-D prioritization tool is easy for kids to understand, and helps with organizing skills as well as deciding what to give away. Click over to the blog to learn how to put this method in action to help children learn not only to donate, but also how their selfless act benefits other people.


Teach Kids the Giving Spirit  

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The Drive to Donate

Adam Trice and his mother Rebecca Pierce Adam of Geneva, OH (seen here with his mother Rebecca Pierce) collected 56 bags of donations in a recent donation drive at his middle school for Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula. Would you like to help your son or daughter plan a donation drive at school? Get started today.


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Get a New Start in the New Year  

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Did You Know?

Woman donates bin of items to Goodwill attendant.   Goodwill diverts more than two billion pounds  of clothing and household goods every year from landfills by recovering the value in people's unwanted material goods. In the process, we create job-training opportunities as well as entry-level and skilled green-collar jobs for people in need of work.  


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