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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
[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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