Archive for December, 2012


5 Most Searched For Terms in 2012

What Topics Trended Hottest This Year

Google, Yahoo, and Bing released their top trending search requests in the U.S.A. for 2012 — the hot topics this year ran the gamut from Whitney Houston to the new iPhone to Honey Boo Boo.

The 2012 Election was the only term that appeared in the top 5 of all three search engines.

Google’s Trending Searches in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Hurricane Sandy
  3. Election 2012
  4. Hunger Games
  5. Jeremy Lin

Yahoo’s Top Searches overall in 2012:

  1. Election
  2. Iphone 5
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Kate Upton
  5. Kate Middleton

Bing’s Most Searched News Stories for 2012:

  1. iPhone 5
  2. 2012 Election
  3. 2012 Olympics
  4. Hurricane Sandy
  5. Honey Boo Boo Reality Show

Google’s Zeitgeist Map

Some of the “biggest moments” of the year as they occurred across the globe — click on a pin on Google’s Zeitgeist map for details on when and where certain events hit the “search-o-sphere.” (Note: the map feature of Google Zeitgeist may not work in every browser.)


5 Great Gifts For Anyone

Scratching Your Head About What To Give — This List Is For You

1. Sweets are always sweet

Whether you want to make it or buy it — sweets are always a timely gift.  Epicurious offers recipes (and resources) to either make (or buy) delicious presents from macaroons to barbecue sauce. For a selection of some of the yummiest looking gift baskets around, Huffington Post has found 10 baskets, including the delicious hot chocolate makings pictured below, they are tempted to send to themselves!

2. Don’t look a gift card in the mouth

At, you can create your own custom gift cards, which are accepted wherever MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Each card can be personalized with the recipients full name and a personal message just below. They’ve partnered with thousands of local restaurants and stores around the country — so if you want to give the gift of heartburn from Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, no problem. Or you can upload your own image to create the ultimate personalized gift card.

3. Evergreen

Plants are the gifts that keep on giving. Whether it’s a seasonal bloom such as the pretty poinsettia from Giving Plants below, a classic like this paperwhite planting kit from White Flower Farm or a fragrant (and useful) herb like the potted rosemary tree from ProFlowers, plants are a lovely way to give a gift that lasts long after the holidays are over.

4. Pen & paper

Even in the 21st century, there are still plenty of times when nothing beats good old-fashioned pen and paper. Pick out a pretty or witty notepad — like the “One Day at a Time” set from Russell & Hazel below — or a packet of note cards for your giftee. If you really want to impress, order stationery printed with their name, like the “Isaac flat note cards” bordered in navy blue with coordinating envelopes from The Stationery Studio.

5. Nothing beats something made by hand

Cookies wrapped in cellophane — or presented individually in their own sleeve like the oatmeal cookie below (from Martha Stewart). A stack of pretty ornaments. Your own secret hot chocolate mix, complete with marshmallows, in a jar topped with a bow. A festive coffee cup sleeve (like the ones below pictured in Better Homes & Gardens). A selection of your favorite recipes printed on cards or as a special booklet. For more homemade gift ideas, check out Better Homes & Gardens.


3 Ways To Shop Guilt Free

Online Sites That Give Money When You Spend Money

Give Back America

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“Changing the way America gives, one purchase at a time!” Partnering with major online shopping sites such as Expedia and Target, GBA donates 60% of the commission it receives from participating retailers — 1175 at last count! — to a charity of your choice. You can shop directly in their online mall at retailers including Walmart, BestBuy, Amazon and more. They also provide a browser toolbar to make shopping even easier. Simply register to name the charity where you want your donations to go.


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“Simple online ways to protect the health and well-being of people, animals, and the planet.” The GreaterGood is a family of online activism sites that harness the power of the Internet to help people, animals, and causes in need. Visit the sites, such as TheLiteracySite, TheBreastCancerSite, and TheVeteransSite, listed on its homepage to click on their daily free contribution buttons which translate into sponsor donations and also to shop for gifts.

(RED) Giftcards

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Perfect for students everywhere, the new Starbucks iTunes (RED) gift card combines two gifts in one philanthropic package — the $30 eGift includes a $15 Starbucks Card eGift and a $15 iTunes Card eGift. “Plus, for every gift sold, Starbucks and iTunes will together contribute 5% of the purchase price to the Global Fund to help deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015. The Global Fund has, since its inception, contributed $195 million to fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, impacting 14 million people so far. The organization’s goal is to have an AIDS free generation by 2015.