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Holiday Gift Giving: Countdown

With just two weeks left for holiday shopping, here are some gift ideas that may not have crossed your mind.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now faint memories, and just two more weeks left before Christmas, we bet there are still people on your list that you haven’t checked off.  Whether it is that uncle who has everything or your boss, shopping can be difficult. So why not avoid the lines and mayhem and do something for the greater good instead?

Newly expanded and opened on Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Palmetto campus has a fabulous Gift Shop!  Visitors can shop in a homey atmosphere for a wide variety of pet-centered gifts, and the best thing…all proceeds go toward funding Southeastern’s mission.

For those of you to our south, the unique pet boutique in Southeastern’s Discovery Center on Main Street in downtown Sarasota is chock-full of goodies for the four-legged family members and those who love them. You are sure to find a great gift for even the most discerning recipient.

That person on your list that doesn’t really need anything?  Would they appreciate having a lasting impact both in someone’s life and on Southeastern’s campus?  There are a plethora of sponsorships available from having a brick on the Freedom Walk, a plaque on the benches lining the walkways, to colorful dog bones on the Rainbow Bridge in memory of someone’s beloved pet.

With the New Year right around the corner, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Calendar makes the perfect stocking stuffer!  The pages of the calendar are filled with gorgeous shots of myriad dogs taken by the uber-talented Emilee Fuss Photography – seriously, these photos are worth framing.

Someone on your list wishing for a puppy?  How about sponsoring a guide dog puppy-in-training?  The $3,500 sponsorship covers expenses for the puppy for its first year of life and comes with naming rights – what a fantastic way to honor someone and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after a playful puppy!

In this time of frivolous spending on material wants, supporting a charity (be it Southeastern Guide Dogs or another charity of your choice) is a wonderful way to do something that will impact someone’s life in a positive manner and act as a way to spread the holiday love.

Sonya Simpkins December 13, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I love the guide dog puppy-in-training gift idea! That's brilliant, because all too often, Christmas puppies end up back in the shelters where they will most likely be euthanized. Here are a few more reasons puppies make bad Christmas gifts, including a post from a shelter director that should scare you right out of buying that puppy. http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/12/3-reasons-puppies-make-bad-christmas-gifts/

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