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Review Category : Gifts

Five Wedding Gift Ideas For The Modern Day Bride And Groom

Several years ago, I wrote a your smart money moves blog https://bit.ly/2JZfUK4 about what is the right amount to give for a wedding gift.  According to CNBC, the average cash gift for a wedding across the United States is $160 with the state of Vermont the highest at $240 and the state of Arkansas the lowest at $73. Trends are changing this year in how couples plan for their wedding.  Rather than starting with palette, couples are planning out wedding vision boards that capture their vibe and celebration instead.  With the cost of flowers rising through the roof, balloons are being used as a replacement that is colorful, fun, festive, and most importantly less expensive.  Let’s not forget that in the world of social media today, couples are looking for some of those Instagrammable moments including seating card displays and interesting drinks as their guests enter the reception. Here are five wedding gift trends that you need to know for ...

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Five Holiday Gifts To Help Your Friends And Family Build Wealth

There is no doubt that this entire month is going to be spent hanging out at holiday parties, shopping at the department stores, and thinking about how fast each goes by as you get older.   While we will see all sorts of gadgets, clothes, and toys that you can buy this holiday season, perhaps it might be a good idea to consider a gift that could help one of your friends or family members build some wealth.  Here are my five your smart money moves that can help the ones you love increase their bottom line. uniquestockgift.com – What better way to help someone build wealth than actually purchasing them ONE share of stock? With Unique Gift Stock, you literally have hundreds of companies to choose from to buy one share of stock in a company and then give it away as a gift.   You can present the stock in a beautiful frame with a personalized plaque note.   From that ...

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Top Gifts For Your Pet

In a majority of households, those shiny presents under the Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush, are meant for the family pets. The holiday season is one we traditionally dedicate to giving, and it turns out the most Americans extend that spirit to our furry four legged family members. Christmas is, unsurprisingly, the most popular pet-giving holiday, ahead of their birthdays and Valentine’s Day according to Rover.com. I was in attendance at the American Pet Products Association (APPA), when CEO Bob Vetere announced that the overall spending in the pet industry for 2015 came in at a record $60.28 billion. “The pet humanization trend is alive and well and continues to drive growth at the premium end of the market,” said Vetere. “As millennials prepare to take the reins from the baby boomer generation as the primary demographic of pet owners, they stand to further develop this trend.” Spending on supplies such as beds, collars, leashes, toys, litter, bedding, food and water ...

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Seven Great Wedding Gift Ideas

Wedding have changed so much over the past 25 years from the popularity of destination weddings on the beach to the cool environment of you having your wedding in a barn.   New websites have been built out today such as www.appycouple.com where you can keep everyone organized, track RSVP’s, share photos, travel, chat, and much more.  If you are going to a wedding, one of the timeless difficult questions is what you should be giving for a gift.   Should you just tuck some cash in an envelope or hit the registry list?  What if the couple wants you to make a donation in their name?  What if they tell you to bring nothing but yourself?   Here are my ‘your smart money moves’ guide to seven great wedding gift ideas. Matching Passport Holders-  If you are going to a wedding for a couple that loves to travel, a reasonably inexpensive but cool gift idea is to get matching passport holders.  There ...

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Six Gifts Under $100 For The College Graduate

With high school and college graduation right around the corner, one of the big questions you may be asking to what to buy your graduate on their special day.  You can certainly splurge on a fancy dinner, but there are some really cool ideas out there for less than a $100.  Here is my short smart money moves guide to graduation day. Get Them A Budget- www.youneedabudget.com (YNAB) will only cost you $60, but could help your graduate save thousands for the years to come.  Think about whether or not you want them to me moving home.  The sooner they learn good budgeting habits, the better of you will be. Netflix Subscription- There are all kinds of different subscriptions you can get including Amazon Prime, but if since many young adults are skipping TV altogether, this can be an excellent low cost idea to give them for their first real year on their own. The Dollar Shave Club- For just ...

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Socks Are The New Ties

In 1991, I distinctly remember shopping for my very first real suit purchase in Filene’s Basement in downtown Boston.  How I longed to start my career a la the Alex Keaton days of Family Ties and come dressed up to work in my spiffy brand new suit.   Of all the major accessories that come with a suit, you could easily turn an average suit into a great look with a spectacular tie.  The tie is what really brought everything together.   You could turn a plain old gray or blue suit with a white shirt into some eye popping candy with a tie that jumps out off of the dull canvas of the plain old suit. I was never one for spending tons of money on clothes, but when I hit my first stride of success, I knew that one stop in the Ermenegildo Zegna store would truly show the level of success I was having.   It wouldn’t seem like prudent ...

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The $40 Underwear

As a financial advisor, I tend to be frugal when spending money. I use coupons; buy groceries on sale; get shoes and clothes off the rack; and purchase underwear in a three pack at Walmart. (Maybe this is more than you want to know about me). So recently while in the car with my wife a commercial came on the radio for an Underwear clothing company. It intrigued me as they claimed that their underwear was made of such great quality and material that it felt like you were wearing nothing at all. A design guarantee that you will never get a wedgie and it will never ride up on you. They never stated how much the underwear cost, so the rest of the conversation with my wife was on how amazing that sounded, which then went into a 30min conversation on the history of the technological advancements of underwear. (Yes, we have been married a long time and that ...

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How Much Should I Give For A Bat Mitzvah Gift?

Most of you are probably familiar with the term “Bar Mitzvah” (you can view my article on how much to give for a bar mitzvah here) but you might get invited sometime soon to a “Bat Mitzvah”.  In the Jewish religion, generally when a girl turns the age of 12 (for Orthodox and Conservative) and 13 (for Reform) there is a celebration where the girl becomes recognized as an adult (woman).  When I turned the age of 13, I had my own Bar Mitzvah, where my friends, family, and distant relatives I saw once upon a family reunion showed up to hear me belt out a poorly sung haftorah.  The Bat (the word meaning daughter) Mitzvah celebration you will attend can range from something that will happen at the home with just a few friends and family, to a lavish style wedding event at a country club. I’ve witnessed some parents spend $50,000 to $100,000 to throw a Bat Mitzvah.  Oy vey!  ...

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