What do you buy someone who has everything? A charity gift guide

Carrying on the tradition from last year, I want to pay forward some of the amazing karma I have received and give something back to those less fortunate. Blogger gift guides are pretty well established now but as ever it needed a slightly Adventures of a London Kiwi twist (I even spotted a couple of little sheep fellows – hey, you can take the blogger out of New Zealand…)

Usually sent
to the recipient in a glossy card, these quirky donations can make lovely stocking
fillers or perhaps even as something for those people who have everything they
could want. Forget 
sickly smelling bath sets where half the
products are thrown away, and ugly tie that is only trotted out on
special occasions, how about you buy a chicken for a suffering family
and share the feel-good donation afterglow?

How about a chicken, guv? – Oxfam
The money spent on Oxfam Unwrapped gifts will help to support the full range of Oxfam’s work around the world, from emergency responses to advocacy projects. Every year, Oxfam’s programme teams work out what the communities they work in need the most and it’s these must-have items that get featured in their gift catalogue.

Ensure a future via the gift of Education – Save the Children
“Between 1 October and 31 December, whenever you purchase a Wishlist item, the UK government will match your donation pound for pound up to £5 million. That means your gift will have double the value and enableGiftAid to do twice as much for children.”

Donate a a few tins or a hamper to a nearby Foodbank – Various
Whatever you can afford to give – non-perishables are usually best as the food banks can hold onto them as long as needed without having to refrigerate.



Adopt a an endangered animal – WWF

Take Pandas for example – they’re insanely cute, gentle giants (unless you happen to be a bamboo plant) and incredibly under threat. Not only do all WWF profits go to fund the care and protection of your chosen wild animal, your giftee gets their own ‘adoption’ papers AND a cuddly plush toy version too.

Donate towards deprived childrens futures – UNICEF
For more than 65 years, Unicef has been a leader in providing
life-saving help for children caught in emergencies around the world.
Our emergency relief effort complements our development work that helps
children to survive and stay healthy, go to school, to have a voice on
matters that affect them, and protect them from abuse and exploitation. (They have a special fundraising project this year for Syrian children which will be matched in value by the UK government.)

Christmas E-cards or gift boxes – Centerpoint 

Christmas

e-cards are a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way
to send your festive wishes to friends and family – while helping young
people escape homelessness at the same time.
– See more at:
http://www.centrepointgifts.org.uk/?AppealID=RWA1314GO&PackageID=SA&xtor=SEC-43-GOO-[Generic]-[]-S-[charity%20gifts%20for%20xmas]&gclid=CjwKEAiA-5-kBRDylPG5096R8mASJABqEdm4ehrucKP_ZMJFYwJra8SCLJezCIOlz9KKaRTP3EuZeRoCjPXw_wcB#sthash.GAcf4Gxv.dpuf

Christmas

e-cards are a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way
to send your festive wishes to friends and family – while helping young
people escape homelessness at the same time.
– See more at:
http://www.centrepointgifts.org.uk/?AppealID=RWA1314GO&PackageID=SA&xtor=SEC-43-GOO-[Generic]-[]-S-[charity%20gifts%20for%20xmas]&gclid=CjwKEAiA-5-kBRDylPG5096R8mASJABqEdm4ehrucKP_ZMJFYwJra8SCLJezCIOlz9KKaRTP3EuZeRoCjPXw_wcB#sthash.GAcf4Gxv.dpuf

Christmas

e-cards are a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way
to send your festive wishes to friends and family – while helping young
people escape homelessness at the same time.
– See more at:
http://www.centrepointgifts.org.uk/?AppealID=RWA1314GO&PackageID=SA&xtor=SEC-43-GOO-[Generic]-[]-S-[charity%20gifts%20for%20xmas]&gclid=CjwKEAiA-5-kBRDylPG5096R8mASJABqEdm4ehrucKP_ZMJFYwJra8SCLJezCIOlz9KKaRTP3EuZeRoCjPXw_wcB#sthash.GAcf4Gxv.dpuf

Centrepoint’s mission is tackling youth homelessness and providing young
people with a real opportunity to achieve independence. You can donate a
meal, a gift box or Christmas
e-cards, all quick, easy and environmentally friendly ways to send your
festive wishes to friends and family whilst simultaneously helping young people
escape homelessness at the same time.

Buy a family a schooldesk, a sheep fellow or antibiotics for a sick child – Present Aid
Each Present Aid gift bought will help Christian Aid transform the lives
of people in poor communities around the world – helping families in
countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Bangladesh and many more places in
need of support.

Think of it this way – it can be as little as the cost of a mulled wine or two in the most lavish season of the year – and anything that you can spare can go a long way in a small charity, or to a struggling family with barely enough to eat, let alone gifts to give their children.

And if this doesn’t appeal, you could always donate in other ways; via a blood bank, spend an afternoon with lonely elderly neighbours or buy someone needy a coffee. Have you any extra ideas as well? Is there a charity or cause close to your heart?

** None of these charities know I’m touting them about!

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