I’d been a bit stuck for ideas for my last gift guide, I wanted it to be something different but knew that last posting dates would have passed which was hindering my ideas slightly. However after reading this great post by Hayley I decided to make the final gift guide all about ways to give back to the community and those in need at this time of year. There are so many amazing charities out there that provide aid to those in need so be sure to do a bit of digging in to what cause is most important to you, but here are a few of my favourite choices:
BUY A HOMELESS PERSON A CHRISTMAS MEAL
Social Bite are a Scottish enterprise providing good food for a good cause. It was Lis who first brought the company to my attention and since then I’ve been following their operations across their various social media platforms. I was so amazed to see that they would be opening their doors on Christmas Day to provide meals to homeless people in Glasgow and for a tiny £5 you can contribute an entire meal. You can find out more about it (and their incredible success) through this post here. If you wanted to buy Christmas Dinner for someone in need then Crisis offer a similar programme here.
ADOPT A PENGUIN (OR ANOTHER ANIMAL)
I’ve mentioned my love of penguins before so when choosing an animal for this gift idea it seemed like the obvious choice. There are so many charities that provide the opportunity to adopt an animal, including local zoos and the London Zoological Society. The funds raised from animal adoption help with the conservation and breeding of endangered or struggling species across the world. You can adopt a penguin for a year for £19.99 through Gift Republic here.
BUY SOMEONE A CHICKEN
A few years ago my friends and I bought one of our friends a goat for an African family for her birthday (long story) and since then I’ve been really enamoured with the idea of buying something that provides sustenance for the long term. Age International allow you to choose from a variety of animals including chickens, cows, donkeys and goats that will all have a major impact on the lives of those who need them most.
PROVIDE WARM WINTER CLOTHES FOR THOSE IN NEED
As cold as Scotland can be it’s nowhere near the freezing cold temperatures in countries such as Tibet which can reach as little as minus 40. For just £10 Save The Children provide a bundle of warm winter clothing that will help protect children in these countries from the harsh conditions.
TEACH A CHILD TO READ
An education is one of the most powerful tools a person can have but sadly it’s not something that everyone has access to. By donating £10 here – the price of many books these days – you could create the opportunity for a child to gain an incredibly value skill for the rest of their lifetime. Or if you wanted to spread the reach of education even further why not teach a teacher?