Tis the season for gifts and giving. This year, we have found 12 great gift ideas that come wrapped in kindness. These 12 gifts of kindness are a way to share your compassion and care for the planet and all who live on it. After all, this is the best way to celebrate the season.
Give a gift of water, sanitation and hygiene this Christmas through. WaterAid’s gift shop. Your donation provides a handwashing station for three families or a toilet for a school. WaterAid will send a gift card to your recipient, letting them know their gift is helping support communities in some of the poorest parts of the world have access to clean water and sanitation this year.
2. Send A Cow
Send A Cow is another fantastic gift service that will send your donation to rural Africa where a family in need will receive the gift of a calf. The family will be supported in raising the calf and will then give the first-born female calf to another family, who will also benefit from this gift.
3. Support Local
Look around for great gifts from your community to give this year. Wherever you live, there are bound to be many small businesses producing fantastic local food, wines or products that would make a great gift and also support small businesses.
4. Give An Experience
The gift of experience does not require much wrapping paper or plastic packaging. Tickets to a film, an afternoon-tea or an online magazine subscription are all great ways to give something unique that is also friendly to the environment.
5. Socially Conscious Luxury
Sana Jardin is a socially conscious fragrance house producing clean and sustainable fragrances by working with women micro-entrepreneurs from the flower growing regions of the world. Many of these women previously had only limited access to work as flower harvesters, and now in partnership with Sana Jardin can improve their lives through commerce, not charity. Our favourite fragrance is REVOLUTION DE LA FLEUR EAU DE PARFUM with Madagascan ylang-ylang and other exotic blooms like Moroccan jasmine and frangipani.
Centrepoint is a charity that works with homeless youth, giving vulnerable young people a place to live, practical and emotional support as well as helping them get back on their feet with a new job. This Christmas you can gift a Starting Out Box which gives one young person a one year lease on a room at Centrepoint, cooking lessons, counselling sessions and a full health check. Your gift can ensure a safe Christmas for one young person, and a positive outlook for the new year.
Choose Love is the world’s first store where you can buy real gifts of kindness for refugees. Filled with practical items like tents, nappies, sleeping bags and more, the Choose Love store is the perfect place to shop with compassion. A perfect example is the simple hygiene kit which is a supply of shower gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary items and shampoo for three months to a refugee.
Advent Of Change is an advent calendar filled with gifts of kindness. Your single purchase of this calendar donates $1 per day to one of the 24 connected charities. A fantastic way to give the gift of giving to someone special this year!
Buy a priceless gift of medical research by donating on behalf of a friend or family member to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Your gift recipient will receive a card letting them know their gift is funding research into childhood cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand supports research into finding cures and improving quality of life for children with cancer.
10. Help A Sister
This gift is a monthly sponsorship gift to women who are survivors of war. Women for Women International connects the donor and the receiver by way of letters and support. The gift of sponsorship ensures these survivors of war can afford food, clothing, shelter and business training as well as essential advice and assistance. This year-long gift equips women survivors to earn money, regain confidence and actively participate in their communities.
11. Adopt a Rat
Adopting a rat is the most unusual suggestion on our list of 12, but an excellent gift idea for someone who has everything! Through Apopo you can adopt a trained detection rat working to identify the location of landmines in Cambodia or the presence of TB in Tanzania. With a rat adoption, your recipient will receive an information pack on how rats can be trained to smell landmines or TB, an adoption certificate and a monthly newsletter about the teams of rats working in these vital detection tasks.
12. A Carbon Removal Gift
Give a gift of one-year carbon removal from Chooose, making the recipient climate positive for either six months or a year. Chooose works in partnership with carbon removal projects around the planet, removing 6000 kg of CO2 per annual donation.
Choosing gifts of kindness at Christmas is a great way to introduce others to the joy of giving. It is a great way to share compassion, kindness and give to causes that are close to our hearts.
We believe kindness is contagious,
sprinkle it everywhere this festive season!