Many people are becoming tired of the practice of swapping unwanted Christmas gifts. Maybe you have found yourself in this group of people who are increasingly searching for an alternative and one that will make a difference to others.
If you no longer want to be part of the crowd buying things that mean little and do not go to something useful, then charitable gifts are something you should learn about.
What Are Charitable Gifts
When you make Christmas charity donations or contribute towards charitable gifts, your friend or family member receives a card outlining the donation you have made.
Charitable gifts have moved on recently, and they give you more choice and control over where your money goes. When you donate directly, you can support a particular cause or purchase an unwrapped gift, such as a goat for a struggling village family.
Examples of charitable gifts that change lives in communities around the work include:
- Macmillan, who provide care for someone with cancer
- A £15 donation to Unicef buys 100 polio vaccines for children
- A £21 donation with Save the Children buys five mosquito nets
- £3 per month will allow you to adopt a share of an elephant with WWF
- Give £25 to the Woodland Trust, and they will plant 25 square metres on new woodland
Remember to use Gift Aid if you pay tax. By ticking the Gift Aid box, the charity can reclaim the tax, adding value to your charitable gifts.
How This Helps Charities
By supporting a charity, you are helping those less fortunate. This might mean that the charity will be able to provide Christmas dinner to people sleeping rough or provide a Christmas meal parcel for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Whether you have planned well ahead of time or are a last-minute shopper looking for a virtual gift, you have plenty of options to help the elderly, save lives through vaccination programs, or buy livestock for villagers.