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One of our customers mentioned that he would be calling next Friday to place his furniture order.  Do you know why?  It’s Black Friday…the biggest shopping day of the year.  I didn’t realize people would be shopping for furniture that day…I’m pleasantly surprised.  Why not…shop online and avoid the crowds?

I have a couple other suggestions if you’re wanting to shop in peace.  One is of course, to buy a  Furniture Gift Certificate from Vermont Woods Studios.  That way, you can have a beautiful gift box under the tree, and your recipient can take their time picking out their furniture whenever it’s convenient.  More on that later.

But what I really had in mind was a gift from Heifer International.  Have you heard of Heifer?  Similar to the World Wildlife Fund’s Endangered Species Adoption Certificate Program, the Heifer gift program lets you give the gift of life.  Children and families all over the world who are suffering from poverty, war and starvation benefit from this program.  Heifer started 60 years ago as an effort to end world hunger by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.  The idea is to give a family a heifer and teach them how to care for it and make it a part of their family and their livlihood. The program has been widely acclaimed and has achieved wonderful success.  Now you can give heifers, goats, chickens and all sorts of other animals to help families make a living…and do that in the name of your friends and family.  Heifer will send you a beautiful card and donation certificate that you can give as a gift.  Check it out.  Giving the gift of life will make you feel so much better than giving another tie or pair of slippers.  And your gift recipients will be touched by your thoughtfulness.  Did you know that 55% of the people on this earth are suffering from hunger…getting nothing more than a  small bit of rice and water to eat every day?  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  But it’s true.  You can help.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we will donate a portion of the proceeds of each sale during this holiday season to Heifer International to support their war against hunger.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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I know some
people who are so organized they have already completed
their Christmas and holiday shopping. They do it piece by piece all
throughout the year, picking up the perfect gift whenever opportunity strikes. I envy and admire them, of course, but unfortunately cannot consider myself
one of their ranks. Holiday shopping never finds its way to the top of my priorities. 

However, over the past several years I have been happily rescued by non-profit
organizations like the World Wildlife
Fund
who provide
easy and thoughtful gift giving ideas that support their conservation efforts and
help save some of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction.

One of my
favorites is WWF’s Animal Adoption Certificate.  For a $25 donation, WWF will send your gift recipient a
beautiful, frameable color photo of the endangered animal of your choice and an
official certificate of adoption.  You can help save
polar bears, cheetahs, pandas, blue whales, blue footed boobies and 50 other
endangered species. These are great gifts for all of us shopping for those-people-who-already-have-everything and really won’t care about getting another goofy tie or pair of
slippers. 

Check it out and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear your
ideas about this kind of gift giving. 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.