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The Gift Guide: Paying it Forward

Last week we shared five days of gift guides from $10 to $250 that would be perfect for anyone on your nice list. This week we have some more specific and unique suggestions.

Copy of The Gift Guide

For a little motivation on this Monday, why not consider making a donation to your friend or family member’s favorite charity? Here are just a few ideas …

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Children’s Charities

If you want to help out a child this Christmas you can do this in several ways. Many local charities are looking for unwrapped toys that you can drop off at churches, grocery stores, malls and at your office. You can also donate to children’s hospitals and other charities devoted toward children’s medical services like St. Jude’s Hospital and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Of course you can also donate to other medical research charities such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hospice, The Elton John AIDs Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Education and Fighting Hunger

You can also help children by donating to education funds and charities that fight hunger. The Lunchbox Fund teaches South African school children about healthy eating by providing a rotating menu of nutritionally fortified foods. Power My Learning helps kids, parents and teachers use technology to succeed in school. And No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger across the country by making sure all kids get nutritious food.

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Helping Our Furry Friends

If you think your intended recipient is more of an animal person you can make a donation to your local animal shelter or rescue league in his or her name. Just make sure that they are no kill organizations. You can also donate to The Humane Society or the ASPCA. And just a reminder, if you decide to add a furry friend to your family, and maybe that is something you are thinking about this holiday season, always adopt – don’t shop!

Of course there are many other great charities to donate to, but you need to always make sure that they are legitimate organizations. If you have any doubts, check out this guide from the FTC.

Once you’ve made the donation, wrap the acknowledgement from the charity into a box just like any other gift to make a great presentation. This is the gift that will truly keep giving.

What foundations and charities do you support?



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  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    These are all great ideas for donation gifts. I usually donate to our local children’s hospital every year, they’re such a great organization!

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      December 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Instead of favors at our wedding, we did a donation to Children’s Hospital Boston in the names of each of our guests. It really made it special. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Nicol Living
    December 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Donation gifts are the best. There’s a lot of local charities along with volunteer help too.

    • Reply
      December 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I always plan on volunteering around the holidays but every weekend gets booked up so quickly with family functions and traditions. I think I might try to volunteer in January or February when places are probably hurting for people. Great suggestion!

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