Twelve shopping days left until Christmas. Why not buy a family member a blighted New Orleans property? The New Orleans Tax Sale ends this evening at 8:00 pm central time, unless the system isn't fully compatible on my internet browser (the system is unavailable on Safari Browsers, but works with Firefox), it seems like there are 4 pieces of New Orleans real estate left up for grabs - all for under $15,000 (as of 5:30 pm).
300 properties were announced this morning.
Make sure you read all of the stipulations online, for instance you won't take full ownership of your newly acquired land for three years. Happy house hunting!