Sell Mementos of Your Romantic Disappointment on Never Liked It Anyway

Never Liked It AnywayYour romance has gone south. You were going to have a beautiful future together but now your dreams are smashed. What will you do with those earrings, that engagement ring, that wedding dress that you will never wear? Why not put them up for sale, accompanied by the sad tale about how these things became radioactive to you. You’ll cleanse your closet and your heart and make bucks in the bargain.

On the other hand, if your love is thriving, visit this site for bargain wedding togs!

http://www.neverlikeditanyway.com

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Swap your unwanted gift cards on Cardpool.com

CardpoolCardpool will exchange a variety of gift cards for a certificate from Amazon.com. Send your old ones in with the site’s pre-paid shipping labels. Cardpool takes the gift card exchange game one step further. For some merchants, Cardpool will buy your unwanted gift card electronically. No need to send it through the mail.

http://www.cardpool.com

Give a friend an app

IPhone appOur friends with smart phones might enjoy the gift of a useful new app. But wait! There is no way to transfer or give away an app from the Android Market, the native app store run by Google: https://market.android.com. However, Android users can offer gift cards purchased from the rival Amazon Appstore.

Amazon Appstore Giftcards
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000619631

Amazon lets givers send money for Android apps via email, a printed card, or a post on a Facebook wall. Although Amazon’s offerings lack the variety of Google’s Android Market, still there are quite a few quality selections in the only app store for the Android platform with gift options.

Gifting Apps for iPhone
http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/

Apple makes it easy to give money for its iPhone apps. Choose an app on this web site and then open the iTunes store. Instead of clicking the “Buy App” button, click on the pull-down arrow and select “Gift This App.” From there, just fill in the recipient’s email and add a message. Or, you can print out a certificate. Interestingly, apps can only be exchanged within the borders of a country.

Give Android apps via Amazon Appstore

Amazon App StoreAmazon lets givers send money for Android apps via email, a printed card, or a post on a Facebook wall. According to my son Peter, Amazon’s offerings lack the variety of Google’s Android Market. Also, he warns that, once installed, Amazon’s apps are almost impossible to remove. Still, there are some quality selections in the only app store for the Android platform with gift options.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000619631

Give a goat through Oxfam Unwrapped

Oxfam UnwrappedIn 1942, Britain’s Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (Oxfam) worked to bring food to women and children behind a World War II blockade of Greece. Today, Oxfam International is a confederation of fifteen organizations that fight poverty across the world. In the United States, we can help the local branch of Oxfam by purchasing charitable gifts through Oxfam America Unwrapped (http://www.oxfamamericaunwrapped.com/home.php). Print a card or send an email notifying friends that you have donated in their name a goat ($50), a school desk and chair ($35) or materials to start a vegetable garden ($30).

http://www.oxfam.org/en/getinvolved/unwrapped

Zynga lets us give virtual game items and help the world at the same time

Zynga gift cardsDo you have friends who devote inordinate amounts of time to FarmVille or Mafia Wars? They need real money to buy premium “virtual” items to add to their online worlds. Why not give the gift of a Zynga game or e-card that your loved one can exchange for FarmVille cash and coins? These are available in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

In an interesting twist, Zynga has made it part of its mission (through Zynga.org) to allow users to donate to charity through buying virtual goods in its games. In the last two years, the company has funneled over $1.5 million of user donations to relief efforts in Haiti. It encourages players of YoVille to support the San Francisco SPCA buy buying virtual animals at Pete’s Pets. Participants in FrontierVille can contribute to Water.org to bring fresh water to people in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Haiti. Zynga even helps U.S. tornado victims.

Zynga Game Cards
http://www.zynga.com/gamecards/info/

Honor your friends with a charitable gift to Heifer International

Heifer InternationalSusie Dashiell, Assistant Director of the Retreat at Church Ranch Assisted Living in Westminster, Colorado, says, “I believe that one way to keep my elderly friends healthy and happy is to stay needed in the community.” To that end, she supports her residents as they sponsor children in Africa and Central America, bake cookies for a local food bank, send popcorn balls to soldiers in Iraq, sew quilts for an AIDS orphanage in Africa, and raise money for a school in India.

Heifer International Gift Catalog
https://secure1.heifer.org/gift-catalog
At the holidays, Susie’s charges enjoy honoring their loved ones with the gift of charity made in their name chosen from the Heifer catalog. “They use the money that they raise from bake sales to buy chickens and goats for women in Africa. I think you can also help to build wells.” Givers can send “honor cards” as gifts via email or print them out.