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New gift ideas for Christmas

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by bigdogtx, Nov 13, 2011.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    Now this makes a lot of sense....
    Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

    As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
    It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

    Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

    Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

    Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

    Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

    There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

    How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

    Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

    My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

    OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

    Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

    And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
    Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

    Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

    You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

    Remember there are many here that support this site and it would be great to support our fellow shooters....

    THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
     
  2. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    In the last couple of years - I don't believe I've given 1 Christmas present made in China, but of course I don't give many gifts. I don't have kids to buy for anymore.

    The brother and brother in law get bottles of "Jack Daniels" made in TN. The rest of the family gets silver proof sets from the US Mint. My 85 year old Mom spends the winter in FL, so she get's gift cards to the local "Denny's" "IHOP", etc.. Sister and certain others get a certficate to get their autos detailed at a local shop. I also keep on hand a bunch of "McDonalds" gift cards in case anybody unexpected shows up or if I forgot anybody. If I haven't given em out by New Years I use em myself.

    I also buy a few cases of Remington STS shells in different gauges in case some of my shooting buddies, both trap and sporting clays shooters stop by to have a drink. I'll give em a box of shells for heck of it.

    Don't have an old lady anymore so it makes Christmas nice and simple and aggravation free. Nothing more enjoyable than not having to go to inlaws anymore for the holidays. That is the gift I've gotten myself.
     
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