They are at this perfect age, my small people. The magic of the holidays wrapped around them like a favorite blanket as we made Thanksgiving dinner together and I don’t think they have yet allowed it to slip from their shoulders. They have been wide-eyed and giddy for the past month. And it isn’t just the thought of ‘getting’ that has them bouncing off the walls – it is the giving.
And that, by far, is the best gift I could ask for.
My small dude had only opened one present – his gift from Santa before he was pushing me on to the couch to put a colorful package on my lap and a matching one in his sister’s hands. Our gifts: matching necklaces. Hearts. Mom and Daughter. An idea from his very own five year old soul. The gift itself is a treasure. His love of giving is priceless.
Care to spread that giving around? I have an idea for you.
As much as I love the gifts I received, I know (from experience) that we all typically receive a few gifts that simply find their way to the back of a closet and do nothing but take up space. Those gifts simply weren’t right for US, but they may be perfect for someone else.
So sell them on eBay. AND? Donate the money to one of your favorite charities through ebay Giving Works. There are more than 18,000 nonprofits registered with eBay Giving Works including The American Red Cross, Susan G Komen, Habitat for Humanity and two of my personal favorites Operation Shower and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Selling with eBay Giving Works is easy. I promise.
- You choose the charity you want to help.
- You decide how much you want to donate. It doesn’t have to be the full final sale price – it could be anywhere from 10% to 100%. When the item sells, the donation is automatically made.
- You create your special listing – there will be a special blue and yellow ribbon on your listing to designate it as a ‘Giving Works’ item.
- Naturally, you let people know you have the item for sale as you normally would.
- You receive a credit for your fees that matches the percentage of your donation. If you donate 25% of your sale, eBay will credit you back 25% of your seller’s fees. If you donate 100%, you pay nothing.
And if you simply want to support the Giving Works program with your purchases, look for that blue and yellow ribbon – as those items for sale are the ones that will benefit the many charities on the list. So far, more than $237 million has benefited these charities through this program as a result of eBay buyers and sellers since it began in 2003 (just watch the real-time ticker on the homepage!). Amazing.
Happy Selling. And Giving.