Friday, August 25, 2006

Inexpensive, altruistic gift idea (part 1)

If you are looking for an inexpensive shower or wedding gift, consider giving a membership to your friend's local NPR affiliate or Public Television station.

This morning, KCRW (my local public radio station) gave away tickets to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to subscribers, and I am pleased to say that I scored myself a pair!

My membership cost $50 and when I made the pledge I received a $40 gift certificate to a good, independent bookstore so really it's like I gave $10.

If you gave this as a gift you could choose to keep that gift certificate or include it as part of the present. The membership itself comes with a discount card that I use all over the city, not to mention random giveaways like the one I scored today. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

I also gave my local PBS station a donation and got in return a ticket to a Huell Howser drive-in movie party. If any of you know who Huell is, you know that is going to a night to remember.

An added bonus is not feeling guilty every time the pledge drive comes around.

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