Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

1. Buy someone a goat (card) ($39): Help Oxfam Australia distribute goats to vulnerable families, which can be used to provide milk for the family’s nutrition and even sold to pay for school fees or tools.

2. Guide Dogs Victoria 2013 Calendar ($19.95): Proceeds of the sale support the training of guide dogs in Victoria. For Guide Dogs in your state, please click here.

3. Give a child some pencils ($5): Together with World Vision, gift school children the very thing we take for granted – pencils.

4. Better yet, sponsor a child ($43/month): Help change a child’s life with World Vision

5. Help save a lost, injured and/or abandoned animal with Animal Aid.

6. Help pay for counselling to address depression for people in financial hardship ($25)

7. Help someone start a small business ($25): The Kiva borrowers isn’t about charity. All they request is a small loan from you that will be repaid back to you once their business is up and running. You can choose to keep the repayments or invest in another entrepreneur. These strong women inspire me every day.

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6 comments… add one

  1. LeGeeque

    I used to spend a bomb at Guide Dogs Victoria because they get absolutely NO funding from the state government (SHAME ON YOU, LIBERAL, YOU HEAR THAT?!). And Labradors always make me go gooey on the inside. And also when I put them up on the wall, I can tell Coco,”Look at your friends! They’re so quiet. Wanna try that?” (She proceeds to then tear around the lounge)
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    1. Tine

      When I was researching gifts for this piece, I was shocked to find out that none of the Guide Dogs or Animal Aid associations receive government funding. How the heck is that possible? Terrible, I say. Absolutely terrible.

  2. Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I like the sound of #6. I am 97.9% sure my depression is linked to my financials.

    I would also love to add, for anyone reading the comments, that Doggie Rescue make packs of gift cards so all the profits go to them instead of lining the pockets of Hallmark and other conglomerates. They also have calendars and stuff that you will probably buy anyway, so why not help out the poor abandoned animals! http://www.doggierescue.com/merch.htm
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    1. Tine

      Thanks for the tip Kimmi! :)

  3. Nikki

    Sponsoring a child is a wonderful idea! It’s a long term commitment but we’ll definitely feel good as we see their lives improve !
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    1. Tine

      I’ve been wanting to sponsor a child for ages now but never did get round to it. I’ve made it one of my 2013 resolutions. If you’d like to read more about what World Vision is doing in India, I highly recommend you check out Smaggle’s blog – http://www.smaggle.com. She and a few bloggers were given an opportunity by World Vision to visit India and to see the work WV is doing. It’s incredibly eye-opening.

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