Monthly Archives: November 2013

We’re More Than Just Holidays

Giftbug was 4 months old yesterday! Those 4 months have flown by in a blur and here
we are flying head first into the Christmas holiday season. And in the coming weeks we will continue to send you tips and ideas for using giftbug to the fullest for your family’s holiday gift giving.

While the Christmas carols have been piped into our malls for weeks now and the holiday lights begin to make an appearance on lamp posts, we still have an important holiday before the Christmas season is  officially in full swing. I’m certainly counting down the days until Mom’s filling (aka “stuffing”) hits the table!

And it’s in the spirit of Thanksgiving that I’m really excited to use our powers for good – the greater good and introduce you to a way to take giftbug beyond personal gift registries and share it with some of the amazing charities providing a hand up to our neighbors, our
military and our 4 legged friends, just to name a few.

Passion took over and we got a little carried away with examples!
Passion took over and we got a little carried away with examples!

Check out our sample registries on

There are so many things that I love about giftbug, and they translate to a powerful tool for charities:

1. You can link to any item on any website and you aren’t just limited to shop in one location

A 6-pack of soup from Amazon for a food pantry, apparel from Dick’s Sporting Goods for a soldier’s care package, a blender from Bed Bath & Beyond for a Women’s Shelter.

2. You can actually link to ANY web page; to an existing wish list on another website like Amazon or Barnes and Noble or directly to a cash donation link on your charity’s website.


I mean SERIOUSLY who can resist making a donation with that face?! (And yes, this was an excuse to show you the cutest photo of Bella ever.)

3. You aren’t limited to just web links. You can upload personal pictures and type in information about a gift (ex: request for homemade items, gently used items, etc)

The first 2 examples above show how you can use the links to add personal pictures and information about the charity or the gift registry. The 3rd picture is a gratuitous excuse to show a super cute picture of Bug but also a great example of using a personal picture and then writing a description of your charities need (in this case toys for the dogs at an animal shelter or rescue).

4. You can create your own categories to customize your gift registry to your organizations individual needs.

5. With our description field you can enter information that tells a story about who will use the items, why they are needed or just specific information about sizes, colors, etc.


6. The I want this too! button means that patrons of a charity can add the requested items to their personal gift registries and let friends and family know how they can help the charity.

7. Giftbug is easy to use and that means charities can easily update their giftbug registry to keep their wish lists current.

8. Impulse buying for the greater good! The ability to purchase an item online and have it sent directly to a charity means I can do it right now and I don’t have to wait until I have time to go out and pick up the items and drop them off at a location.

I hope you’ll check out our sample registries on and share the information with the charities that you support. Sample-Animal Rescue Organization has the most detailed examples. We are a small, dedicated and passionate team, so any questions can be directed to me personally

Celebrating Veterans Day


Here at giftbug we get to celebrate a lot of neat holidays; the traditional, the obscure or goofy, and occasionally a reverent holiday. Over the past months I’ve enjoyed putting together a few gift lists and I couldn’t let today pass without putting together some thoughts on today’s holiday.

Veterans Day is a holiday of great thankfulness where we honor the amazing men and women who currently serve and have served our country. Obviously they deserve our gratitude, thanks and appreciation 365 days a year, but if on this day you are looking for a way to honor our national heroes, here are just a few suggestions that I have put together after talking to several service members and their spouses.

The Wounded Warrior Project
This was the first organization mentioned every time. Their mission is to honor and empower our Wounded Warriors. They provide programs and services to injured service members.
Visit their website

The Gary Sinise Foundation
“The things he and his foundation have done for service members are extraordinary, from the shows that his Lt Dan Band performs around the globe for service members and families to building specialized homes for quadruple amputees.”
Visit their website

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
“This is another great and less known organization to civilians. They help with financial relief to active duty members and families, whether it’s through a loan to buy groceries or assistance to purchase a plane ticket for a family emergency.”
Visit their website

The Army Emergency Relief Organization
AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.”
Visit their website

Donate Your Frequent Flyer Miles (Fisher House)
You can donate your unused frequent flyer miles to wounded or ill service members and their families. The program “Operation Hero Miles” provides airline tickets to service members, or to their family members allowing them to travel to where the wounded soldier is receiving treatment.
Visit their website

Provide Phone Calls Home (USO Operation Phone Home)
This USO program provides prepaid international phone cards to deployed troops allowing them to stay connected to their family and friends.
Visit their website

Pick Up the Check
This one actually got me a little verklempt, I’ve never had the opportunity to do it myself. It’s a very personal gesture, and as you can see a very meaningful one for our Veterans.  “The most moving thing personally that has happened twice, is to be out to dinner and be told that someone already paid our tab and thanked Jeremy.”
-Dani, U.S. Marine Corp. spouse, currently stationed in Japan