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5 Ways to Make a Splash and More Cash at Your Next Book Signing


How did you do at your last book signing?

If you’re like many authors, you sold three or fewer books.

If you expect to do better than this grim statistic, you’ve got to gear up before your next book signing.

No one can guarantee what your results will be, but here are five ways to increase your chances of making a splash and more cash.

1. Promote your book signing with a blast, not a whisper

It’s great to get booked to do a book signing at a bookstore or other venue. It’s likely they will promote your book signing on their websites, newsletters or signs, but plan to your own promotion as well.   Many authors are introverts, but this is no time to be shy.

  • Send out your own press releases to local newspapers, preferably directing them to the reporter who handles such events.
  • Send out announcements to your friends, family, email list, your clubs and church, as well as social media fans inviting them to attend your event.
  • Create a blog post or article about your upcoming event.
  • Create flyers and post them at coffee shops and restaurants that allow announcements on their community boards.
  • Create short videos on your homepage, pin to the top of your Twitter feed, or create Facebook Live, Instagram and LinkedIn videos.

2. Make it a festive event

You may not have control over where your table or booth will be located at the venue, so make it as eye-catching as possible. If you are one of many authors at a fair or festival, you want attendees to spot your display as soon as they walk through the door. It’s tough to sell books to people who never stop by your table.

Here are a few ways to make your display festive.

  • Set up a cluster or two of helium balloons that color-coordinate with your book cover.
  • Display your books in a three tier unit rather than lay them flat on the table.
  • Put out a dish of wrapped mints or chocolates for people that pass by.
  • Invest in a tabletop or retractable floor banner.
  • Display relevant posters or items. If your book is about the best places to visit in Paris, be sure to display Paris-themed items/posters.
  • One author of children’s books had life-size figures created in the likeness of her main characters.

3. Use your talents or relevant tools to engage visitors.

  • Set up a short video or book trailer on your computer and let it run throughout the event.
  • Be prepared to pitch your book to people who stop by and ask “What is your book about?” It may be clear to me that my book Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve, offers tips and advice on creating a happy life, it is not that clear to everyone. Some people see the word”color” and think it’s an art book. Even though there’s a description on the back of the book, many can’t absorb it in a few seconds. Most of all, people want to know how can this book help me? Be ready to answer that.
  • If possible, take someone with you who can mingle with the crowd and direct them to your table to get a freebie you’re offering or chance to win something.
  • Do you have a special talent such as playing an instrument, making balloon animals, doing magic tricks, juggling? If so, delight visitors to your table a quick demo. Be sure it ties into your book theme, of course.
  • Wear a t-shirt with your book title or get one that encourages people to ask about your book.

4. Make it your goal to connect, not sell

  • Warmly greet each person who slows down at your table. Yes, you hope they’ll buy your book, but if they don’t buy at the event, you want them to remember you and possibly buy your book later.
  • I like to stand in front of the table, hand the visitor a copy of my book and ask them to open to any page and read the first thing their eyes land on. Then I ask them to tell me if what they read was relevant to their lives. I want to emphasize that while my book can be read from beginning to end, it also has nuggets of wisdom and encouragement no matter what page you open.
  • Be prepared to pitch your book to those who ask, “What is your book about?”
  • Ask visitors to sign up to be added to your email list if they want updates on your work.
  • Take photos with attendees and post on your website and social media after the event.

5. Give away something memorable

  • Make your giveaways standouts, not just handouts. A regular bookmark is ok, but one with tips related to your topic is better. The visitor may refer to your bookmark later and share it with friends.
  • Give away a consumable with your contact information on the wrapper. One of my favorite handouts is a customized cover wrapped around a packet of microwaveable popcorn. I give one to every person who stops by my table and inquires about my book, whether they buy a book or not.  The wrapper has my contact information and of course the URL to the book. You can customize a chocolate bar or other item in the same way. You will get loads of ideas from Pinterest and Etsy.
  • I put each purchased book in a gift bag or book bag personalized with my book title.
  • People hesitate to throw away bags they believe they can use again.
  • If the event holds a raffle, enter not just your book, but a gift basket or bag with your book as the centerpiece. Attach your business card as the gift tag. The lady who won my gift basket on the right sent me a heartwarming thank you note, citing every gift item that was enclosed.  Do think she’ll remember me?

When you use these tips at your next book signing, you can expect to rake in more cash, and definitely make a splash.

Tell us in Speak Your Mind below what how things went at your last book signing event?

What is the Top Way to Sell More Books?

Image of Flora Morris Brown and David Woghan at Publishers and Writers of Orange County meeting

Flora Morris Brown greets David Woghan at Publishers and Writers of Orange County meeting.

Consult any list of book marketing tips for ways to sell more books and getting book reviews will be near the top of list.

Think about yourself. Do you read reviews to help you decide on buying a book or any other product for that matter?

Avoid offering incentives for book reviews.

Contain your eagerness for getting reviews for a minute. There is a right way and a very wrong way to do it.

Asking buyers to leave an honest review is acceptable, but please don’t promise them a gift, reward, discount, or incentive of any kind. Amazon and other book distributors not only don’t like it, but will ding you if they suspect you of incentivizing.

As I was assembling my collection of 52  weekly book marketing tips,  I was eager to tell authors about ethical ways to find reviewers.  For that reason, I recommended The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages as a great tool for helping you find reviewers. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that David Woghan, author of this book, was going to be the guest speaker at a local meeting for publishers and writers.

Do you get a little giddy when you meet a celebrity or one of your favorite people of influence?

That’s the way I felt recently when I met David Woghan, author of The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages,  at the Publishers and Writers of Orange County meeting. I featured his book in one of the tips in my 52 Weekly Book Marketing Tips subscription program.

Like any fan, I couldn’t resist asking him to pose with me. He graciously agreed.

At the meeting, he shared how he became the new author of The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages.  He wrote a critical review of the 2009 edition, pointing out ways the author could improve the book. The original author appreciated his suggestions and stayed in touch with Woghan. When she was ready to step down, she remembered his enthusiastic concern for the contents and layout of the book and asked him if he wanted to take over updating and publishing the book.

Talk about the power of writing a review!

Follow ethical ways to get book reviews

Some authors think they can just ask fellow authors to exchange glowing reviews and they blame book distributors such as Amazon when reviews are taken down or not accepted. While you may disagree with the way Amazon judges a review you posted, it’s the Federal Trade Commission that is behind this practice across the board.

Endorsements (such a positive reviews and high ratings) are an important tool for advertisers and they can be persuasive to consumers,” FTC’s website states. “But the law says they also have to be truthful and not misleading. If there is a connection between the endorser and the marketer of a product that would affect how people evaluate the endorsement, it should be disclosed.

Based on reader feedback, Woghan has completely redesigned the 9th edition loaded with key tips on ethical ways to get book reviews. He lists reviewers and services who are actively seeking books to review, for either free or fee.

Find readers and services seeking books to review

There are many book bloggers and legitimate services seeking books to review. Some of them offer free reviews and others charge a fee. Finding them on your own, however, would take a disproportionate amount of time and effort.
Woghan’s Yellow Pages makes it so much easier.

Discover appropriate ways to approach reviewers

Once you find reviewers in your genre who are open to reviews, you must follow their instructions for submissions. Failure to follow their preferred procedure may mean you won’t even get a response.

The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is organized into four sections followed by seven indexes to help you find bloggers by key attributes.

1. Book Bloggers

This alphabetical listing of 200 book bloggers makes it easy for you to spot the bloggers who review books in your genre, along with their contact information and turnaround time.

2. Blog Tour  Organizers

These 40 services pre-arrange virtual tours of book blogs where you give interviews, giveaways, and other events to promote your book.

3. Review Businesses

This is a new section listing 32 services that give reviews for a fee.

4. Resources

In this section you’ll find four valuable tools:

  • The “Reviewer Outreach Checklist”
  • Alex Foster’s Handling Negative Reviews”
  • Understanding Amazon’s Terms of Services
  • Teri Rider’s article, “Impress Readers with a Professional-Looking Book

The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is an example of the high-quality tips you’ll get when you invest in 52 Weekly Book Marketing Tips Collection.

Invest in 52 Weekly Book Marketing Tips Collection to save your time and energy so you can get back to writing and planning your projects while earning you much-deserved profits.

You see, the purpose of this very affordable program priced at an “Of course I want it!” price, is to help you sell more books. These tips have worked for many authors. Let them work for you too.

What has your experience been with getting reviews for your book? Do you read reviews before you buy books or other products? Tell us in Speak Your Mind below.


9 Tips for Choosing the Best Title for Your Book

An ad from my local hardware store featured a party cooler for sale. The cooler was pictured filled with ice and canned soda, but printed in parentheses was “Sodas and ice not included.”

What does this have to do with choosing the right title for your book?

Most of us would realize that the ice and soda were intended as a suggested use. This disclaimer was necessary, however, for the clueless folks who would insist that the picture misled them to believe the ice and soda were included.

Just as clearly stating what is being offered or promised is critical in advertising, so is it important in your book title.

Your book title is a billboard, a promise, an agreement to deliver certain content.

How do you choose the right title for your book?

Here are 9 tips that have worked for others.

1. Create one sentence that boldly sums up the contents or main point of your book.

Within that sentence are the keywords that should be in your title or it may be your full title.

When Robert Kiyosaki wrote his book If You Want To Be Rich and Happy, Don’t Go To School, a publisher suggested he change his title to The Economics of Education. I’m glad Kiyosaki didn’t listen, aren’t you?

2. While titles cannot be copyrighted, steer clear of emulating popular titles.

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Fifty Shades of Grey, and an alphabet mystery series starting with A is for Alibi, have already been done, for example.

Author Randall Hansen must have been ecstatic when sales of his 2009  book, Fire and Fury, spiked. Then he must have realized that Michael Wolff had used the same title for his 2018 book Fire and Furyabout the Trump White House.  Since Hansen’s book is about the allied bombing of Germany from 1942-1945, it is probably not what a lot of buyers were flocking to buy.  That means some buyers will write angry reviews, and that Hansen’s new wealth will soon disappear if folks request refunds.  Yes, the buyers could have paid closer attention to the subtitles and the very different covers, but many don’t.

3. Settle on a working title while you’re writing your book.

By the time you finish your book, however, the right title will likely emerge.

4. Reflect the tone of your message in the title.

If you’re writing a how-to book, you don’t want your title to mislead your readers into thinking it’s a sizzling romantic novel. It may result in sales, but readers will be disappointed and unfulfilled. Readers who feel betrayed can leave nasty reviews, and likely request refunds.

5. Notice the nickname or short name you gave your book while you were writing it.

One of the actors from the sitcom, That 70′s Show, revealed that this was not the original title. It was the nickname the cast gave it during rehearsals. By the time it was ready for launch, the producers decided that the nickname was the right name for the show.

6. Listen to how you respond to questions about your book when you are speaking to groups or your accountability partner.

In an effort to explain the differences in men and women during one of his live presentations, John Gray responded with “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus”.

Bingo! He had found the perfect title he had been seeking for his book on relationships.

7. Go for a simple and clear title rather than fail at being clever.

8. Give your book a subtitle, if necessary for clarity.

One book that could have benefitted from a subtitle is How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer.

When Captain Trimmer got tired of running into small boats, he wrote this serious book directed at small boat owners/operators to help them avoid getting into the pathways of big boats which can not always see much less miss hitting them. Unfortunately, many of the 1,226 Amazon reviewers had a lot of fun with this book title. With the original price tag of $75, many of the reviewers may not have actually bought the book, but they couldn’t resist taking aim at that title.

Here are some of the reviews of Trimmer’s book that made me laugh out loud.

  • Read this book before going on vacation and I couldn’t find my cruise liner in the port. Vacation ruined.
  • Huge ships have been the bane of my life, so I was very excited when I bought this book. However, Captain Trimmer does not provide the helpful and insightful advice that I had hoped for and I did not feel that this book had any noticeable effect. If anything, I now encounter more huge ships than ever! Would not recommend.
  • After reading this book, I relized [sic] exactly what I was doing wrong everytime I was run over by bardges [sic] on the mighty Mississippi. I always played dead and hoped the boats would go away, like I was taught by a book I read, “How To Survive Bear Attacks.” I guess I thought the lessons taught by that book applied to everything life, but it clearly meant just bears. Now I am surviving the waterways better than a BP oil rig.
  • I give this book five stars because it is by far the best treatise to date regarding the avoidance of huge ships. BUT C’MON, PEOPLE! Did you learn nothing in the sixties? Avoiding huge ships won’t solve the problem. Separate but equal waterways only drives us further apart. It is the lack of understanding between the huge and non-huge vessel communities that lead to well-intentioned but misguided tomes such as this. We must begin a dialogue with our huge brethren. Remember–we are all floating on the same ocean. I have a dream… that one day ALL vessels will be judged not by their tonnage, but by the content of their cargo. Next time a huge vessel approaches, just ask yourself “WWPD?” (What would Popeye do?)
    Given that there is a huge ship bearing down on me RIGHT NOW I am extremely disappointed that I cannot get inst

9. Be outrageous with a risky, even risque title.

  • Shit My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern–a coming-of-age memoir wrapped about his father’s profane, profound and funny sayings
  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn–a moving memoir about the troublesome relationship between Nick and his father
  • Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max–a funny book about Tucker’s misadventures. Some criticized it for being too vulgar, but one that didn’t deter its popularity.

Which of these 9 tips will best help you write the perfect title for your book? Tell us in Speak Your Mind below.

Most first-timers have trouble with just getting started on the contents, much less finding the right title. If your dream of writing a book has been stalled by fear or uncertainty, then perhaps you can benefit from my coaching services for aspiring authors. Send me an email to set up a discovery session.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”~ Maya Angelou

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It’s What You Do AFTER Martin Luther King’s Birthday That Counts

We expect parades, concerts, TV specials and community events on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Day of Service.

When I was still teaching, my students looked forward to this and any holiday as time off. But if we want to truly honor King, his birthday should be a day on, not off.

It’s a time for us to show up, not on just one day, but a time to follow his legacy of service everyday. You can get ideas here. 

Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1986 after 32 years of campaigning at local and national levels. It later became the national Martin Luther King Day of Service when former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. His most popular “I Have a Dream” speech galvanized the civil rights movement, but my favorite King speech is the Feb. 4, 1968 sermon,  “The Drum Major Instinct”. In it he said

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

If King’s call to serve has a familiar ring, it’s because the same message echoes throughout history.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’ If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else. Chinese Proverb

The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer

Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy 1961 inaugural address

Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve. Marianne Willliamson

Serving others is easy.

You don’t have to go far nor do you need loads of skill or buckets of talent. Connecting with an established charity, church or other community groups can do enormous good and be gratifying for you, even if you work with them only occasionally throughout the year.

In every age group from premature newborns to senior citizens are people longing for conversation, a visit or a touch. Local and global groups can help you find people in one of these groups if you are drawn to serve one of them.

Serving others is accessible.

One neighborhood rallied around to help each other when someone was recovering from illness and needed a hot meal or were unable to drive and needed transportation to medical or other appointments.

Serving others is contagious.

When I owned a gift basket business, the owner of a customized cookie company recognizing that I was new to the business took time from working in her booth at the California Gift Show to sit me down and give me some great marketing advice.

Her spontaneous and generous mentoring inspired me to help other aspiring entrepreneurs through a nationwide network, a newsletter, speaking at gift shows. and presenting workshops at gift basket associations.

Serving others is mutually beneficial.

Research has caught up with ancient wisdom.  Scientific studies and positive psychology have toppled some of the myths we have about what makes us happy. What is consistent among the findings is  we increase our own happiness by expressing gratitude and helping others. If you are curious to find out where you stand on gratitude and assess your level of happiness, take one of the many free questionnaires on Authentic Happiness.

Serving others is most powerful when it extends beyond one day.

Many communities and organizations used the National Day of Service as the kickoff day for extended service. Some groups provide healthy snacks to nearby schools. Philadelphia holds a citywide event where citizens pitch in on various projects. Some health organizations hold events calling attention to health and wellness issues in their community.

King filled a void when he spoke out for justice and freedom. I encourage you to fill a void in the niche you serve and show flair and style in the life you live.

Let the way you earn your living also enable you to serve others.  Even if you are working on a job that is just a temporary stop along the way to your ideal career, give your sincere effort and best service, not just for others, but for yourself as well.

To serve, as King points out, all you need is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. Thankfully, these things are within everyone’s reach. To tap into them all you have to do is go within, believing that they are yours.

Let the National Martin Luther King Day of Service be a reminder to start your daily activities from your heart and soul, and carry out all your interactions with integrity and joy.

Tell us in Speak Your Mind below how you plan to honor King’s legacy throughout the year.

(Revision of a 2016 post on ColorYourLifeHappy.com/blog.)

Fun and Unique Gifts for the Writers in Your Life

Are you looking for great holiday gifts for the writers in your life? Here are some fun, functional, and unique gift ideas not only for the holidays,  but also for birthdays and other special occasions all year round.

1. Favorite Snacks

Writers have rituals that include munching on their favorite snacks to keep up their energy and momentum while they work.  F. Scott Fitzgerald loved canned meat and apples, Nora Ephron could down three Krispy Kreme doughnuts in one sitting, and Julia Child’s favored red meat and gin. What’s your writer’s favorite snack? Give the writer in your life a supply of their favorite munchies or a gift certificate for the store that carries them. They’ll enjoy fond memories of you every time they indulge.

2. Writing Inspiration


Aqua Notes

Many writers and other creatives get some of their best ideas in the shower. Now this waterproof notepad, the writer can capture thoughts or sketch ideas while in the shower.


Writer with a Day Job

This is the perfect gift for the writer working full time and writing their books on the side. This book offers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises on how to keep writing while holding down a day job. It includes setting goals, creating a schedule, finding inspiration and more.



Writer Emergency Pack

This deck of 26 illustrated idea cards help restore writers’ creativity when it slumps.




The Writer’s Coloring Book

“Whether you are a Plotter, a Pantser or hybrid Plantster, you will love this book. A unique writing guide for novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights that provides a visual playground for both sides of a writer’s brain: the passionate dreamer and the rational organizer. The tools in this unique “how to write” book help you create complex, multi-faceted characters in engaging, stay-with-you-forever stories. “Amazon product description



My Publishing Journey

A beautiful guided journal to document each moment that the publishing journey so special — whether the writer is thinking about writing, in the midst of the process, or has already finished her book.

Inside, the writer takes a tour through each stage of publishing while she  fills in the details of her unique journey. Sprinkled with gorgeous artwork, author anecdotes, and advice from professionals to inform and encourage her along the way. Once completed, this journal is bound to be a long-treasured keepsake.



3. Cool Tools

Agatha Christie said, “All I needed was a steady table and a typewriter. A marble topped bedroom washstand table made a good place; the dining room table between meals was also suitable.”

Modern readers may need a bit more. Here are a few ideas.

LED Pen, The Pilot’s Pen, Night Writer – Set of 2 LED Powered Ink Penlights

Dancing in the dark is one thing. But writing in the dark takes a special tool, like this Night Writer pen.


Sofia + Sam Multi Tasking Memory Foam Lap Desk with USB Light (Wood Top) | Supports Laptops Up To 15 Inches

This is more than just a lap desk, it’s a work station that goes wherever the writer wants to go. Includes mouse deck and slot for tablet or smartphone.




4. Stress Relief

Since writers spend many hours working in one position, carpal tunnel, neck, and body cramps are occupational hazards. If you’re skilled enough, give the writer in your life a personal massage. If not, invest in a gift certificate from the local massage school or parlor in the area. Groupon may even have a great deal available in your writer’s area http://www.groupon.com/local/massage

5. Smart New Tool–Book Planner–Plans The Entire Book Publishing Process


250x250Joel Friedlander and his team have helped hundreds of authors through the publishing process. They know the rush you get when you finish your first draft. And they also know all the questions that spring up, too: “What do I do now? When do I have to do it?”

Book publishing can be fun and efficient, when you eliminate the confusion.

The power of Book Planner for both first-time authors and seasoned publishing veterans, is in building a customized book plan to meet your schedule and your specific project. The subscriber just picks from the list of book plans based on the time they have to complete their project.

Book Planner is accessible from a PC, MAC, tablet or smartphone, It will automatically generate a workable and realistic schedule that will show the writer exactly what they can accomplish within the time they have available. It’s that easy. Subscriptions are 9.99 per month or $99.99  for the annual plan.

6.  60 Free Book Promotion Ideas in 60 Minutes (an audio program)

60-free-book-promotion-ideas-in-60-minutesOne thing every author must do is promote their book. Give your writer friend this priceless gift where she will join Sandy Beckwith, noted publicity expert, for an idea-packed session that will re-energize her book marketing and leave her buzzing with ideas! $19.00


7. Unique Literary Clothing Makes Great Gift Holiday Gifts



Out of Print spreads the joy of reading through the teeshirts and accessories celebrating the world’s great stories and featuring iconic and sometimes out of print book covers. Because they realize that some parts of the world have no access to books at all, for each product they sell, they donate a book to community in need through their partner Books for Africa.




50 banned books are identified on this one tote bag. 

Some books have become as famous for being banned as they were for being read, You’ll find some of your favorites on this list: James and the Giant Peach, The Heart of Darkness, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Call of the Wild, and more.




8. This Tee Shirt Helps Promote Authors’ Books

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9. Postertext




Posters are made with the entire text of a classic and some contemporary novels.

This Benjamin Franklin poster, for example, is made from the entire text of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.


10. More Fun and Functional Gift Ideas

Shakespearean Insults Coffee Mug

“From all reports, William Shakespeare was a decent guy. He was generous, funny, and could drink with the best of them. But one thing you didn’t want to do is piss him off. Shakespeare was the Don Rickles of Elizabethan England. His brilliantly crafted insults and witty barbs could bring the fiercest soldier to tears. The Shakespeare Insults mug is covered with the Bard’s funniest and most biting insults from his plays.”Amazon product description


Novel Teas tagged with Literary Quotes


Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.  This gift will help keep a writer hydrated through many drafts.



642 Things to Write About

“This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.” Amazon product description


Reading Journal: For Book Lovers

“With checklists of award-winning novels and recommended reading for every genre (spy novels, romance, sci-fi, humor), this classic reading journal also includes plenty of pages for keeping track of all the books you’ve read and want to consume next.” Amazon product description.


Oriental Rug Book Marks–a set of four

  • Rugged urethane core layer practically impossible to tear, washable, will last many years.
  • Culturally significant classic images, many licensed from world famous museums. Amazon product description

Surprise your favorite writers or treat yourself to one of these not-so-typical gifts now or any time of year.

Disclosure:  Most of the products listed above are affiliate links from which I get a commission if you make a purchase. That doesn’t affect the price you pay.

Which of these will you add to your holiday gift-giving list? Tell us in Speak Your Mind below.