Dear Y-W-P. I want to get a good Xmas gift for a friend who is always well dressed. Can you suggest a nice event to take him to? Maybe the symphony or the theater in Boston? I live in Cambridge [...]
***NOTE: I responded with an actual list of nice events in Boston... most of which have a legitimate accompanying foundation affiliated.
But it got me thinking...
Style blogs are often silly, stupid, and superficial... Boxing the Compass is without a doubt silly, stupid, and superficial, but it's fun to put together on a weekly-ish basis.
Instead of velvet slippers, vivid pocket squares, and too-tight tweed jackets, consider giving donations as gifts this year. Research the charities well, and ask around. If they throw ostentatious or lavish fundraisers, be skeptical. If they can provide full disclosures of their balance sheets, all the better.
Half of my family is of Connecticut stock, so when reader JKG mentioned this charity, I thought I'd look into it a little closer. I liked what I found.
Organic is hit-or-miss, but local is always good. Last winter, my wife and I were staying at a nice resort-like inn in Connecticut. When the manager told us for the third time that all of the linens were "made from 100% organic cotton", my wife finally told him that we had no intention of eating the towels.
Keep in mind that many charities, trusts, and foundations have matched giving, so even a $5 or $15 donation is appreciated. My brother often gives donations on behalf of his siblings, and it is a nice way to enjoy Christmas morning.
People always make jokes about getting socks for Christmas, and by the looks of many blogs, I think that some of the ankles featured (in lace-up dress shoes, mind you) could use a pair or two. The Trad put it well when he suggested this.