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A gift for those who have everything.
We all have those family members or loved ones who are particularly difficult to buy for. They have all they need or don't really want any more 'stuff'. So perhaps there is a way of giving a really meaningful gift that will have an impact far greater than making your Granny smile on Christmas Day.
I think more of us should consider giving back at Christmas, whether that's completely swapping out what you would spend on someone's gift and using it for good, or taking 10% of your budget and setting it aside to help those less fortunate this festive season.
Last year I took a look into a lot of different gifts you can give through charities and I thought I would share them here with you all for Blogmas. There are popular traditions that some familes now take on, particularly if they have young children, like filling a shoebox or collecting a reverse advent calendar to hand in to their local foodbank.
Gifts you can give:
Other things you can do to help this Christmas:
- The 1 Million Minutes Campaign - ITV are running their annual, award-winning, campaign to encourage all of us to give just a little of our time to make a difference in the lives of those who are lonely this Christmas. I think this is such a wonderful thing to promote and time is free but can have such a huge impact on someone who doesn't see anyone day in day out.
- Help at a local homeless shelter - Many towns will put on a Christmas meal for the homeless or for those alone at Christmas time. This is a great way to give back if you can spare your morning before tucking into your own lunch at home.
- Use up those end of year coupons - You know that final haul of supermarket vouchers you get in the post around November time? How about taking them to the supermarket and buying some essential items that would help a family in need. You could either give it to a family you know or donate to your local food bank or perhaps a women's refuge.