What to buy someone who has everything (a charity gift guide)

Carrying on my annual charity tradition (est. 2014) I want to pay forward some of the amazing karma I’ve received over the years and give something back to those less fortunate. Blogger gift guides are pretty well established now but as ever I couldn’t just do a normal one – 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…)

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Usually sent to the recipient in a glossy card, these quirky donations can make lovely stocking fillers or even foot the bill as something for those people who have everything they could ever 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 buying a chicken for a suffering family and share the feel-good donation afterglow?

A few quick ideas could be;

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.

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Ensure a future via the gift of Education – Save the Children
Whether you buy a food basket or a football, each Wishlist gift helps change the lives of children across the world. Goats (or even better two), water filters, art sets, winter clothes or even tree saplings – they all make a difference.

What to buy someone who has everything (a charity gift guide) Adventures of a London Kiwi

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

What to buy someone who has everything (a charity gift guide) Adventures of a London Kiwi

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.

What to buy someone who has everything (a charity gift guide) Adventures of a London Kiwi

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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