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The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means – gift shopping! Love it or dread it, finding the perfect gift can often be a challenge. When it comes to shopping for kids, the good news is they’re not shy about letting you know what they want (or about reminding you what they want over and over again).  The bad news is that even if a kid’s wish list is a mile long, there’s always that one toy that he “really, really wants more than anything else in the world,” and it’s about as impossible to find as a polar bear in a snowstorm. And if you do actually find it, you may have to fight tooth and nail for the last one. Then after the holidays are over, that dream toy that he “had to have” is soon cast aside in favor of the next new and exciting thing.

What if there was a gift that you knew would never be out-of-stock, lasted a lifetime and didn’t even require wrapping?

This year when relatives ask what your little one wants for the holidays, consider asking for the gift of education. A contribution to a child’s college savings is a thoughtful gift that shows a commitment to his or her future success. Not only does the gift of college savings help families reduce the future cost of college tuition by saving early, it sets a precedent that higher education will be an integral part of their child’s life. In fact, studies show that if children have a college savings account in their name and know it, they’re seven times more likely to go to college.

Further, an investment in higher education will reduce the need for student loans, which will be a huge burden off of the back of your future college graduate. Then comes the job search – studies show that by 2018, nearly 70% of all new jobs in Washington state will require some form of post-high school education. All these considerations make it easy to see why a contribution in a child’s future education is truly a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

When it comes to giving the gift of education, GET makes it easy for the whole family to get in on the action. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, friends, and anyone else who wants can simply go to the GET homepage and click the blue “Give the Gift of a GET Account” button, and choose to contribute to an existing account or open a new account for a child. Here, giftors will also find colorful, customizable gift announcements to present to the lucky beneficiary.

christmas story picThe gift of college savings is a meaningful gift that’s always the right size, will last a lifetime, and best of all, unlike an official Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred-shot range model air rifle, it won’t shoot your eye out.

 Written by Lucas Minor

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