Gifts for the greater good

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Having been on the receiving end of Charity organisations, thankfully only a few of times throughout my life (for e.g. after Cyclone Tracy – story on that cyclone experience is coming up), I know how fantastic it is to receive the most basic of goods and services to help you get back on track. And, while I try to donate throughout the year to causes and groups that mean something to me, what better time than at Christmas to help others out!

Goodwill Boutique Australian Wine available from the Good Gift Guide
Goodwill Boutique Australian Wine available from the Good Gift Guide

Gifts that give a stuff! is a wonderful initiative put together by Social Traders. The Good Gift Christmas catalogue encourages people to support social enterprises. You can access over 5000 listings from organisations/businesses across Australia. Follow the link to access the full catalogue and spend away knowing your money is going to a good cause.

You’ll find links taking you to gift ideas for all the family plus if you need a gift for the workplace Kris Kringle then there is even a category for that too! The site will also let you shop by monetary value with a range from gifts Under $20 up to Over $100. So there is something to suit all budgets.

Of course there are numerous Charity organisations (UNICEF, The Salvos, World Vision etc) that have wonderful catalogues of ideas to help out those in need both in Australia or abroad. Again there are a range of options from a pack of Chrissy cards to helping a community with water, buying a township a pig, or paying for a child to attend school.

Oxfam's Fairtrade coffee is always a popular choice
Oxfam’s Fairtrade coffee is always a popular choice

Donating a hamper of food (you can put this together yourself or purchase one) to give to your local Meals on Wheels organisation or Homeless Shelter to pass on to a family/person in need is another idea. I loved putting together a Christmas package each year for my elderly neighbour who lived alone – a dear old man who passed away last year.

Myer Spirit of Christmas Appeal
Myer Spirit of Christmas Appeal

Other popular options are the Gift Tree run through Target, The spirit of Christmas at Myer, or locally in Hobart, the Giving Tree run by the local ABC.

So whatever the cause, or for whomever, whether it is something or someone that has touched your life in some way or not, the gift of giving brings joy!

Would love to hear about your favourite gift giving ideas.

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