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I took my son to the toy store this week. I don’t think he quite grasped the reason we were there initially. We weren’t there for him to pick put out stuff for his Christmas list and we weren’t there to find something for his new friend across the street. In fact, he will probably never meet the kids that these presents were for.
I explained that all the toys we were buying that day were going to little boys and girls who aren’t quite as lucky as we are. One of the outlets that I write for was having their annual donation drive for Toys for Tots at one of our local breweries the next day. I figured it was an ideal situation to teach our son the true spirit of the holiday season: Finding joy in making other’s lives a little brighter.
As we wandered down the aisles there was a little bit of confusion, and, to be honest, more than a little disappointment as I had to gently remind him that he wasn’t picking out toys for under our tree. The idea that the season is meant for giving is a concept that is tough to teach kids. Five-year-olds don’t necessarily grasp poverty and privilege, misfortune and compassion. It was unheard of that there are kids who will wake up on Christmas morning with little to nothing to unwrap under the their trees. “You get to be those kids’ Santa Claus,” I told him. I think that’s when it clicked.
The next day, I let him unload our big bag of gifts into the bins at the toy drive. He hesitated when it came to the last toy in the bag — a Hulkbuster action figure, one of his favorites. When it was done we played games and listened to live music. He got his picture taken with the unofficial mascots from our local hockey team, who just so happens to look like his favorite spider-themed superhero. We filled a box truck with all the donations, which included everything from footballs to bicycles. It was a good day in a season of giving, made possible by a lot of little random acts of kindness.
Which is why PayPal is offering a new service to help you share in the spirit of giving this holiday season. With PayPal P2P’s new digital holiday greetings, co-created in partnership with Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller, its simple and easy it is to send the gift of money to your friends and family using their uniquely-designed, holiday greetings.
Holiday gifts are great, but the reality is, many of them are just going to be re-gifted or hidden in the back of a closet. Yet even though we’re all thinking it, it can be a little awkward asking for money as a gift so you can buy that bag you really want. The good news: You are not alone! PayPal’s 2017 Holiday Money Habits study found that money is the most-wanted gift for the second year in a row, and 52% of Americans wish they could ask for cash instead of traditional holiday presents this year.
You can send a PayPal P2P digital greeting by simply logging into your account on PayPal.com, select Send Money, enter the recipient’s contact information, designate the amount, click the gift box, select your favorite greeting, personalize with a message, and send. The funds go right into their PayPal account; if they don’t have an account, they can quickly open one for free.
So, if you’re in need of a last-minute gift or simply just don’t know what to get all of the people on your list, seize the season with PayPal’s free P2P holiday greetings so people can get what they really want this year: MONEY. With PayPal P2P, you can securely send and receive money with family and friends using just a phone number or email address between PayPal accounts. Be it food for Friendsgiving, the taxi to a holiday party, or that group gift for Mom and Dad, there are many reasons to use PayPal P2P payments this holiday season.
PayPal P2P is available on the PayPal Mobile App, mobile web browser, and on desktop computer browsers. However, PayPal P2P holiday greetings are only available on the mobile web browser and desktop computer browsers. To learn more about PayPal’s holiday offerings, go to: http://clvr.li/2hwucFV
Of course, there is no wrong way to give this season so download this printable to help organize your thoughts for all the good things you want to do for others. After all, you can never have enough of the giving spirit.
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