Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

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Searching for the perfect holiday gift for your loved one can be difficult. Between the crowds and long lines, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the season. This year, give the ones you love most a gift that will never go out of fashion: the gift of an education through the NEST 529 College Savings Plan.

The gift of a 529 account is one that will continue to give for years to come. If your loved one is already an account owner, consider gifting in the form of an account contribution, a simple three-step process.

  1. Click on the occasion and download the card and gift contribution coupon. Fill in:
    1. On the card: who it is going to, who it is from, the dollar amount and a personal message.
    2. On the gift contribution coupon: contribution amount, your name and phone number, name of the account owner, beneficiary's name and the beneficiary's NEST account number (which you can get from the account owner).
    3. Print out the card and gift contribution coupon.
  2. Give the card to your loved one.
  3. Mail the gift contribution coupon, with your check, to the NEST 529 address on the coupon.

Additionally, UGIFT, a free online gifting service, is available and makes contributing to an account even easier. Contributors need not know the corresponding account number; they can simply use the unique code assigned to their loved one’s account to transfer gifts directly, without having to join, register, or pay a service fee.

This holiday season, make sure to treat your loved ones with a gift that matters. There is no greater gift to give than that of an education. From the NEST family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy holiday. For more information on gifting with NEST visit /jahia/cms/{mode}/{lang}/sites/NED/home/grow/friends--family-gifting.html.