It's an annual quandary. What do I get for the person who has everything? This year, don't turn to the
standard popcorn tin or bottle of bubble bath. Instead of getting grandma one more picture frame, why not
pay for a child's inoculation in her name?
Your money can purchase food, plant trees or teach kids to read.
Most organizations will mail a gift card to recipients notifying them of gifts you have purchased in their name. To top it off, many donations
For charitable gifts ideas, explore these
Alternative Gifts International
Choose from categories like Reducing Child Mortality
and Environmental Sustainability. A
lifetime of clean water for a family in Bolivia costs $110. One book for a school or library to help educate children in Nicaragua costs just $6.
Heifer Project International
Founded on the idea of giving families a source of food rather than
short-term relief, the Heifer Project has been supplying people around the
globe with sustainable food sources for decades. In addition, each family
who receives an animal passes on the first female offspring to another
family, so the giving continues! Purchase heifers,
sheep, chicks, ducks, geese and more.
Habitat for Humanity
This well-known organization's Gifts from the Heart program honors the gift
recipient while helping to build homes for families. Pay $10 for a floor joist, $40 for five gallons of
paint or $250 for 50 bundles of roof shingles.
Sites like CharityAmerica.com and
iGive.com donate a percentage of your purchase to charity. Many major retailers participate, such as Amazon, Macy's, The Home Depot and flowers.com. If you were going to shop at Barnes & Noble anyway, why not benefit a charity in the process? For more shop and give options, see GiveSpot's Fund-raising Malls page.