It felt good to start my Christmas shopping last night! I found all kinds of things that I seem to buy every year, like slippers, pajamas, electronics, books, cosmetics, toys, sporting equipment… I was on a roll!
But something made me pause. It dawned on me that, every single year, I struggle to find gifts with meaning. I want to give gifts that will help others, and show love to people in need in Canada and around the world.
It also shows the person that I’m buying the gift for that I’ve thought about something that is meaningful to them. Recently, I bought a friend some medical kits in her name for her birthday, and she absolutely loved it.
So I did some research. I found some great causes that cover a wide range of interests, and are doing so much to help so many people.
Here is my 2017 list of gifts that mean something:
The Pin Project #ThePinProject
Currently there are more than 65 million refugees worldwide and the number is growing. By buying a pin you can support refugees. A coalition of social enterprises, NGOs and small businesses from around the world have joined to form the Pin Project Initiative, which creates employment and income for refugees living in camps or informal settlements. When you buy a pin, you buy directly from the refugees, creating opportunity for refugee populations around the world.
Gift catalogue #LoveCanGive
The World Vision Gift Catalogue offers a multitude of gifts that create a measurable impact in global communities. I have been fortunate to personally travel to many remote areas with World Vision to see how gifts like this improve life for families. When you give a child in need a gift, you’re changing their life. A couple of my favourite gifts from this catalogue are goats, cows, bee keeping kits, clean water, baby kits and emergency food.
pact in global communities.
Gifts for the Cure (Canadian Cancer Society)
Great holiday gift ideas and many options to choose from, to help people affected by cancer. For example, you can support a woman who is facing one of the many side effects of cancer — hair loss — with the gift of a wig. Your gift will make sure cancer fighters will find exactly the wig they want, to help build confidence, courage and brighten their spirits. You could also gift a …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel