Its that time of the year again. I “sort of” have the house decked out for the festive season and it’s about that time to start making lists and checking them twice. And as such, my friends and relatives are doing the same thing and asking “What do I want for Xmas this year?”
And, like every year, I am very lucky that I can send an honest reply of “nothing” – material that is. Of course, then they get a bit annoyed at me because giving is much better than receiving and they want the joy of giving me a little something too. So this year I am coming up with a list of some good alternate options to buying me a gift that will still do some good.
But most of all – I really really really wish health and happiness for everyone I know both near and far. There has been WAY too much of the BIG C affecting way too many of my way-too-young friends and it seems like everyday there is a new post about someone or their loved one being affected by Cancer as well. F**k you Cancer!
So anyways, here are just a few some options for you to feel great about giving, and to do a lot of good in the meantime….
Ten Thousand Villages – If you really feel the need to buy something for your loved ones then consider buying handmade/local or from a Fair Trade certified shop like Ten Thousand Villages which is a part of the WFTO and helps support artisans in developing countries. The great thing about TTV is that they purchase products from more than 100 different artisan groups in 29 countries, giving them fair value for their work. Its feel good for everyone!
World Vision Gift Catalog – we have had two World Vision foster kids for many years now. Each Christmas we like to go through the catalog with our kids and have them pick out some meaningful gifts
NSMBA – “Trails for all, Trails Forever” – help support a passion of mine by buying your favorite mountain biker a membership and help preserve the beauty in our own backyard. The North Shore Mountain Biking Association does an amazing job and building and preserving trails and acting as advocates for us avid mountain bikers.
We Day “Goats” – Every year we have our boys save a portion of their allowance in a “Give” jar for them to donate to the chairty of their choice. Last year, J felt very strongly about supporting the Terry Fox run and donating his hard earned dollars to that greta cause. This year, the boys listened to a presentation on We Day by three grade 5 girls who attended WE Day. These girls organized a school wide fundraising drive for loonies and twoonies to raise money to buy “goats” for children in developing nations. Every $50 raised buys one goat. Proudly our school was able to buy 7 goats!
Give the gift of time! Go donate your time at a shelter, or the food bank. Give the gift of your time to your loved ones – coupons for movies and dinner dates, long walks or coffees always turn into amazing life long memories.
What are some of your favorite ways to give this holiday season?