I love, love, love getting holiday gifts from my family and friends. Some of you who read my blog know that I am a big fan of The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The book is really great and one of the things it focused on is helping people to understand and love other people. One of the groups are people who are into receiving gifts. I’m one of these people and it makes me feel good to get and give just the right thing.
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This year, our family has decided to dial back on gifts and make things meaningful. I agree with that position and I still really, really like giving. So, this year I have been taking a look at some of the ideas and trying to think about what would make sense for the receivers. I also did not want something goofy or that the person didn’t care about. Have you ever received a charity donation made in your name for something you don’t agree with or care about? Not only is it annoying but it feels like they are giving a gift for themselves…cue eye roll. Make your gifts ethical and desirable!
Here are some luxury sites that allow you to buy something lux that also helps others at the same time.
EDUN – It’s one of the biggest names in Fashion started by Bono and his wife Ali Hewson (LMVH is a major investor). The brand focuses on “building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, community-based initiatives and partnering with African artists and artisans.”
Charity Gift Cards
If you want to go the gift card route, these are a couple of places where you can check out. Recipients have the opportunity to choose the charities that they want to donate to. Here are some to try.
Kiva Cards – These are awesome. You give a card and the recipient can make a loan to a cause they believe in. As the loan is paid back, they can reinvest.
Good Gifts – This site has a lot of options and an easy to use site. Users can set up a wish list for their wedding or other event. There are also a lot of low cost options that you can print out, fold up and use as a stocking stuffer. Click here for gift vouchers.
Charity Gift Certificates – This site has over 1000 charities on board and there are options to print e-vouchers or donate to a specific charity. You can also set up a page for your business.
The other option is to find a charity that is specific to something they care about. My dad loves flying, so I am looking into aviation charities this year. My sister is a big fan of mindfulness and there are charities focused on bringing mindfulness to schools.
I often like to attach my gift certificate to something fun. If I give a £100 charity voucher, it is nice to put it in a pretty envelope on top of a fun, smaller item. Here are a couple of ideas. All of them are in the £15 – £20 range!
This is an adorable luxury bath set. She will thank you! Also, this is an organic line. Whoo hoo!
Now that Movember is over, he might be shaving his mustache. This Kiehl’s shaving cream will help. They also have a recycling programme that allows the recipient to return empty bottles for new products.