Less than a week to Christmas. Can’t face the idea of one more store full with crazed holiday shoppers? Gift cards look more appealing by the day. No shame in that, but have you considered gifts that change lives?
If you know the person well, make a direct donation in their name to a charity close to their heart. Otherwise, there’s always the Internet:
- A gift card from Gifts That Give offers dozens of name-brand products. One of every $5.00 spent goes to the cause of your choice. Every item available at Charity Gift Market is produced by nonprofit organizations. Funds from sales return to that charity.
- Buy sheets, towels, curtains and pillows from Blanket America and the company makes a donation to Americans in need.
- One hundred percent of profits made by Red Earth Trading Company support nonprofits and families in East Africa.
- It’s hard to pick out a pair of shoes for someone else, so a gift card from Toms makes sense. Even better: for every pair of shoes sold, the company donates a pair to a needy child.
- Rescue Gifts allows you to buy gifts for others around the world in your friend’s name, from a year of school for a young girl ($52) to to clean water ($100) to small business training for women ($152). Even better: Every purchase madeby December 31st is matched (up to $1.9M).
- Gifts you give from Heifer International or Oxfam provide similar assistance to people around the world. A llama ($20-$150), perhaps, or a water buffalo ($25-250).
- A purchase from Network for Good enables the recipient to apply the gift funds to the U.S. charity of their choice.