We call it “the most wonderful time of the year” for a reason, don’t we?

The beautiful fall and winter landscapes, the end-of-year holiday cheer, the visits from family and friends—maybe even a nice bonus or a raise at work, too.

And then there’s the gift giving. We all love surprising that special someone with whatever lights up their eyes. Maybe it’s an expensive gesture, or maybe it’s something with more creativity and effort, but giving the right gift always warms our hearts.

Once you and your friends start having children—or grandchildren—it gets a bit trickier. It can be hard to shop for kids, especially little ones, and more often than not you’ll be adding just one more toy to an already-overflowing toy chest. (Parents, you know exactly what that’s like.)

This year, give the children in your life a gift that will grow with them: a contribution to their CollegeCounts 529 account.

CollegeCounts GiftED is our online gift-giving option, designed specifically for easy and direct gift contributions. As an existing account owner, all you have to do is log in, select the GiftED link, then follow the instructions. This will send an email invitation to your family members and friends who you’d like to make contributions to your account.

To add some physical flair to your gift contributions, we offer greeting cards for any kind of occasion to notify a beneficiary of their gift. Each card is 4×6 inches and includes an envelope. Or, if you’d prefer to just print your own certificate, you can download an editable PDF to fill out and give to your recipient. Contribution coupons are also available for contributors who want to mail a check directly to CollegeCounts.

Do your friends with kids not already have a CollegeCounts 529 account? Encourage them to set up an account today so that you can make a gift contribution! Maybe it will be just the push that your friends need to start contributing regularly. (Remind them that it’s okay to start small!)

Trust us—children will be getting plenty of toys and gift cards this holiday season. Stand out from the crowd and give the gift of a college education with a CollegeCounts GiftED contribution.