Seriously, though, Christmas is about giving and what better way to give than by, what I like to call, double-gifting.
Double-gifting vb. To give something (to a friend or family member) that will not only be a gift to them, but will in some way, shape or form help someone else also.
(It is not to be confused with re-gifting where you give a gift that has already been received to somebody else.)
For a few years now, non-profit organisations have been promoting the ‘give a donation as a gift’ concept and there are some truly great ones out there. Oxfam Unwrapped is probably the most well regarded where you choose a gift (let’s say a pig), you get a card to give to your friend (that explains the benefits of the pig) and your donation goes to where it is needed most (like providing that pig to a poor family in a third world country).
If you think your step mother won’t like the idea of a non-tangible gift, there are some charities that sell actual gifts, so you can buy her an item and a community group will still benefit. For example, BeadforLife is an organisation that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Their website sells colourful handcrafted jewellery made by Ugandan women from recycled paper.
Or perhaps she might like the beautifully photographed People and Planet calendars and diaries. Available from only $21.95, the money goes towards the work of 49 Australian social justice and environment organisations in creating a just, sustainable world.
And lastly, a newer more innovative idea I recently came across was One Girl’s I don’t want a present campaign. This concept is not so much about buying something for someone else, but about avoiding having things bought for you. For individuals who sign up to the campaign they are encouraged to tell friends and family they are boycotting crappy presents and instead want to send a girl to school. If they raise $240 One Girl can support a girl in Sierra Leone and change her life forever!
So, hopefully this post has given you a few ideas for those last minute Christmas presents, or perhaps even some ideas for birthdays and anniversaries next year. Or you may have some others of your own you’d like to share. Whatever the case, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. I look forward to fishing with you in 2012.
See you in the Pond,
The Fish Chick.