It's that time of year-the leaves have changed, you've unpacked your sweaters and boots, and the kids are still begging to wear shorts but you keep insisting on pants and a coat. I don't know about you, but what I look forward to this time of year is compiling my holiday gift giving list. I love the holidays and there is nothing better than giving a gift that lights up the recipient's face. But let's face it, does Dad really need another t-shirt, Nana another scarf, or Annalena another plastic princess accessory. I vowed that this year, I'd do something different. I decided that part of everyone's gifts would give back in some way. The way I see it the benefits are three-fold: I support a cause I care about; my friends and family get a unique present with the added bonus of some residual feel-good; and the gift goes on to benefit anything from a family in need, to an animal in crisis, or to the environment.
As I started to explore, I got more and more excited. The options for feel-good gifts are endless and have price points all across the board. There is something interesting and thoughtful for all 35 people on my list from my Mom to Annalena's daycare teachers. Richie and I have had a blast putting these ideas together. We've cuddled up after putting the kids to bed and explored our options.
Here are a few general giving back themes we've uncovered:
Happy shopping-hope you find a gift that gives back!
Is it apropos to give an eco-friendly pair of shoes to a nephew who wants a Game Boy or instead of giving the usual Starbucks gift card to your children's teacher a small herd of goats for an African family in their name?
We will probably be opting out of a family gift exchange and instead giving the money we would spend there to some other organization. We have heard about the animal donations and have strongly considered that one.
I don't see a problem with it, unless you end up with a disappointed little one. Older kids can appreciate it more than little ones.
I don't believe in giving someone a notice that i have given them a gift which is actually a gift to a charity that I favor.
I am not sure about the herd of goats, but the shoes would be fine depending on what they look like.
This is a great idea....I hadnt thought of local charities before.
I think its a great idea for some people on your list but not everyone. I wouldnt mind receiving it at all.