Nov 302013

Well, Thanksgiving has expanded our waistlines and Black Friday has reduced our bank accounts. It’s the Christmas shopping season, so let the madness begin! Get out there and stimulate the economy, it’s a holiday tradition and your duty as an American consumer.

Me, I’ll just stay at home listening to Christmas carols and let you do all of that. I have a holiday shopping tradition of my own. Between now and January I will do everything within my power to avoid entering a WalMart or any other big box store. I don’t like all of the commercialism and I can’t stand the crowds. Bah humbug!

But that doesn’t mean I’m totally opposed to holiday gift giving. It’s not like my name is Scrooge or Grinch. I like to give gifts to the people I care about, and I LOVE getting gifts! Really, if you’ve got a few extra bucks and can’t figure out how to spend it, buy me something. Yeah, you’ll feel good for a few minutes if you drop some coins into one of those kettles outside every store in the country, but that’s only a temporary high. Spend that same money on me and I’ll be happy for a long time! And I’m easy to shop for; Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, restaurant gift cards, ammunition in just about any caliber. Heck you don’t even have to go to the store! Save yourself the time and hassle and just put that darned money in an envelope and send it to me. I’ll do the rest for you. No, please don’t thank me, it’s the least I can do. I’m that kind of guy. Smile

But if you insist on wasting that money on somebody else, here are a few gift ideas you might want to consider. A while back my buddy Greg White, who understands the pure joy of giving me stuff, gave me a Techlite LED Tactical Flashlight and I liked it so much I bought a three-pack of them and keep one in my desk drawer, one next to the bed, and one in our Ford Explorer. They are rugged, incredibly bright, and don’t cost a lot of money.

If you have RVing friends, a Hose Buddy is a great gift and very affordable. Since we got ours several years ago, we have never had our sewer hose pop out of the connection and make a mess. Another practical gift for RVers is a Camco RV Self-Stor Step. Folks with shaky RV steps will love one of these. Another inexpensive gift any RVer can use is a set of Camco RV Stabilizer Jack Pads. They come in handy whether you’re parked on asphalt, grass or dirt.

Another way to delight your RVing friends, and save some money in the process, is with our latest promotion, just in time for your Christmas shopping. Between now and Christmas Eve you can gift a one year digital subscription to the Gypsy Journal for just $10, which is half of the regular price. There is no restriction on the number of subscriptions you can give, but they have to be gifts and not to your own e-mail address. To order, just click the button below. And please follow up with an e-mail to me at with the e-mail address you want the subscription(s) to go to. We’ll send the recipients an e-mail telling them the gift is from you.


And if you get too worn out fighting the holiday crowds, a couple of my author friends have books you or somebody you know might enjoy. Traci Tyne Hilton’s newest title, Hearts to God – A Sarah Price Christian Romance is brand new and at just 99¢ it’s a heck of a deal. And I’m hearing some good things about Molly Snow’s young adult romance Fallen Angel.

Somebody who really has the holiday spirit is Dave Boggs, of the Boggs Family Ministries. Dave is donating five copies of their new Christmas-themed CD He Came – The Gospel of Christmas to this week’s Free Drawing. Produced by Dove award winning and Grammy nominated producer Ben Isaacs, the CD has eight songs and a short gospel sermon. You can listen to sample tracks here and follow the Boggs Family Ministries on their blog at this link. We’re giving them away all at once so you can get them in time to enjoy during the holidays. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The five winners will be chosen at random on Sunday evening and Dave will mail the CDs directly to them.

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