An article in the Washington Post reviews ways to stop unwanted fax calls, other solicitations, and junk physical mail.
To opt out by mail and at no cost, send a postcard or letter containing your name, address and signature to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, N.Y., 10512. To register online at the DMA's Web site costs $5. Either way, you remain on the DMA's do-not-mail preference file for five years and then must re-register. Typically it takes about three months for the junk mail to dwindle. But the junk mail never stops completely.
Then there are the junk calls. Check out the US FCC Do Not Call Registry which you can register for at a web page. That's a fast thing to do. The confirming email messages come quickly once you've registered and then you just click on each one for each phone number to activate your entries. Though note a number of exemption categories prevent a complete cessation of junk calls.
Has anyone thought of or found something for a Christmas gift that you think is particularly helpful or novel or thoughtful? It can be for a mother or husband or wife or brother. I'm looking for particularly thoughtful gift ideas. Yet another coffee maker or pair of slippers or other standard stuff just gets old and tired.
So what have you thought of or stumbled across that makes something you are giving this year stand out as special? Anything that will be surprising to the recipient?