Chances are that you are making your gift list and preparing to make purchases for your friends and family. Giving can help you feel good, no matter the circumstance. But there are some places you can buy gifts and feel extra warm and fuzzy about what you are doing. Before you decide on your gift list, and before you are overcome by the consumerism inherent in shopping sales at the mall, consider these options for making your gifts extra meaningful:
One of the more popular alternative gifts is to make a donation to charity on someone else’s behalf. Some charities will provide a nicely printed card explaining the gift. Another option is use the site JustGive.org. You can purchase a gift certificate for the site, and the recipient can get online and decide which charity to donate to with the gift card. This is a fun and unique gift that really gets the recipient involved more in the process. You will have to pay a service fee when you get a gift card from Just Give.
Another option, if you are more into the giving of actual things, is to shop at web sites with missions. Purchasing unique gifts from third-world craftspeople, or gifts created from recycled items, or even just purchasing gifts from a site that donates to a cause you believe in can be a way to make the world a better place even as you do your holiday gift shopping.
Here are some interesting sites that can provide you with interesting gifts — and let you help with a cause:
As you can see, there are plenty of web sites out there that offer unique gift ideas that also help the world. Many of them even offer specials, free shipping, and holiday sales. As you give this holiday season, consider ways that you can keep giving, helping more than just the recipient of your gift.
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