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Holiday Giving

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 are tax-deductible.

For charitable gifts ideas, explore these sources:

  • 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.

  • Seva Foundation
    Give the gift of service or donate to the general fund.

  • World Vision Gifts
    For $75, you can give a goat to a needy family, while $32 will pay for the education of a child. Check out the Gifts that Multiply section.

Stores that Give

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.




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