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December 15, 2010

In this week's Money Matters we are taking a look at how to give a gift that keeps on giving.

Candice Lee Jones from Kiplinger.com has some up with some gift ideas that are unique. In some cases it's the gift that keeps on giving.

First - Battery charger. More than 3 billion single use batteries are sold each year and they wind up in the landfill. Consider a charger that can re-power more than one type of cell. Cost: Around $30.

Second - Adopt an olive tree. Nudo is an olive tree adoption program. You pay to adopt one tree in a central Italy olive orchard. The person who receives your gift will be shipped a year's supply of extra virgin and flavored olive oil from their tree along with information on where the tree is located. Cost: About $109 plus shipping.

Third - Water purifier and bottler. The Filtrete Water Station filters water into reusable water bottles. You get the convenience of bottled water without all that plastic in the landfill. And you save a bundle at the store. Replacement filters cost $10 and only have to re replaced every 3 months or 100 gallons. Cost: About $37.

Fourth - A community college gift card. For that person who needs a refresher course or some re-training for the changing workforce. Many community colleges and some colleges offer gift cards for books, merchandise and in some cases credit hours.
Check with your local college.

Fifth - A charitable donation. You can choose the person's favorite and make a donation in that person's name. But do your research by checking out charitynavigator.org on the web. It shows which charities are most efficient with their dollars.


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