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This week: gift ideas for the person who has everything, how to buy a good suit, giving used presents, 7 things to do when you get a raise, and 50 ways to walk more.

1. How to Buy a Good, Versatile Suit for Any Occasion

[LifeHacker] I used to have lots of suits because I had to wear one every time I did a TV news story. These days I no longer wear suits on air, so now I just have one or two.

The next time I buy one, however, the advice in this article will come in handy. It includes suggestions like making sure your suit is versatile (it should work for a job interview, funeral or wedding), making sure it fits well (there’s a detailed list of things to check) and making sure you pick up the right accessories to go with it.

2. Is It Ever OK to Give Used Presents?

[Living on the Cheap] The answer? Sure, used presents can work. They just have to be the right gift for the right person.

The author describes situations where a used gift was appropriate: “The gift was good quality and given to someone who I knew would appreciate it. There was no attempt to pass off a crummy item as new, and none of these presents was given as an insult. All were given out of a combination of value, sentiment and desire to do something nice.”

So, what gifts fit that bill? Family heirlooms are one example. Check out the post for more.

3. 9 Great Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything

[Len Penzo dot Com] We’ve all been there. You ask what your intended recipient wants and that person responds, “Nothing. I already have everything.” Big help.

As someone who’s both heard and said this many times, I liked some of the suggestions in this article. Examples including a car wash/detail (yes, I’d love that), a hot-air balloon ride (got it for Christmas last year) and art, cooking or dance lessons (please don’t). Check out the post for more.

4. 7 Things to Do When You Get a Raise at Work

[Money Crashers] We’ve done articles on how to get a raise, and what to do with a windfall, but haven’t combined them into one article.

What should you do when you get a raise? This post advises doing nothing, at least for a few weeks, while you decide how to allocate your newfound income. It also suggests retooling your retirement plan, assessing your budget, planning for taxes and having some fun.

5. 50 Ways to Walk More

[Wise Bread]  At first blush, this headline seems weird. After all, isn’t the way to walk more simply to, well, walk more?

There’s the obvious advice: Walk to work, to school, walk the dog, etc. But there’s enough here you may not have considered to warrant a read. Some clever ideas: having a meeting while walking, walking in a swimming pool (hopefully a heated one), joining a walking group and hitting the mall.

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