Christmas is only 5 days away and while I'm sure you can still scurry to wrap up your Christmas shopping (pun intended), you are most likely screwed if you haven't gotten started yet. Sorry! Luckily I'm here to rescue you with another shopping list of sorts. This one focuses on cool charities that offer great gift ideas. How about giving a gift that gives to someone else? I think that would be a great Christmas present, especially for those people who don't really need a thing. So here we go, 5 Charitable Christmas Presents
The ERD is one of my favorite places to give because the money goes right back to helping others around the world in very specific ways. Their Gifts for Life catalog is awesome because you can buy livestock, basic necessities, health care, or planet and community helping items. Imagine telling someone that because of them a family in a third world country now has a goat! Or a well for water. Pretty cool stuff, also a great way to talk with your kids about giving and having them help decide what to donate that year.
This is a local organization that helps charities reach out to young children and get them started volunteering. I heard the founder speak at a recent PTA meeting and was really impressed. Sign up for a shift with an organization that is close to your heart and also age appropriate. It would be a really great family bonding experience and again is a great way to talk to your children about how to give back.
I learned about this company from Megan over at the Nerd Nest and think it is a pretty awesome concept. Every week they team up with a charity and a portion of the proceeds from that week go to that specific charity. Their products are also unique and beautiful so you get something and give something at the same time. Brilliant! Probably too late to send an actual gift, but don't worry because they have gift cards!
4. Donate or Volunteer at your local Food Bank.
Every community has a place to donate and help serve the hungry. Whether you make a contribution in someone's honor or go as a group to volunteer, helping a family eat for the holiday is something we can all do.
5. The SPCA of Texas has some great ways to donate and help out the animal shelters in your area. Sadly there are too many animals neglected in our big cities and while adopting one may not be an option for you, you can certainly help the animals in need. A wonderful reminder that all the planet's creatures deserve a little love this holiday season.
I hope this list inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to holiday giving. While unwrapping a present is always fun, giving to a charity is a way to truly invoke the spirit of Saint Nicholas and can be done all year long.
Ho! Ho! Ho!