Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Miscellaneous
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You about ready to do some kissing?

Wondering what to get for that person that already has everything they want (at least, everything that is within your price range)?  Annoyed that you have to get a gift for your boss, the boss that makes much more money than you do?  Frustrated that you are stuck in a store playing Nostradamus trying to figure what you can buy that the person you are giving the gift to will at least not hate so much that they take it back to the store?  And better yet, stuck in a store with hundreds of other people trying to figure out that exact same thing?  Could there be a better way?  No, kidnapping your loved one’s boss and putting a bow on him/her is not a better way! (Though it may be very appreciated!)

How about making a donation to charity on the behalf of this someone you care for (or in the case of the boss, someone you are forced into buying a gift for)?  The saying goes that it is better to give than to receive.  But the last time I checked, a gift can’t be given without someone receiving a gift.  Why not make sure that beneficiary is someone who truly needs it, while still showing that special someone (or boss) that you care?  I am sure that person would really appreciate it (I dare that boss to say that giving to charity is a bad gift!).

Fortunately, there are many charities that make this sort of gift easy.  Here are just a few:

  • Toys For Tots
  • The Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • My Two Front Teeth – really cool concept, you literally pick a specific underprivileged child to sponsor and buy them a specific Christmas gift off of their wish list (and you can do it on the behalf of someone else)
  • Heifer International – you pick an item to give to a hungry family, such as a flock of chicks or goats, with the idea that the family can learn to raise the livestock for both food and income and eventually pass off the offspring and training to others in need.
  • UNICEF

Of course there are many others, probably including the favorite charity of yours or the person you are sending the gift to.  Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate Christmas in such a way that is truer to what the spirit of Christmas is supposed to be and not the huge commercialized marketing event that it has become?

This idea is not original, especially in the sense that I’m the first one to have come up with it.  Truth be told, it never even occurred to me until my friend Lael mentioned it during a discussion a we were having a year or two ago about Christmas gifts  and how sometimes those go wrong.  But I am not above stealing a good idea from others, and this is a good idea.  For such a good idea, I don’t think it is being done often enough.

If you have already done your Christmas shopping this season, no worries!  There will be other Christmases, other occasions, other opportunities.   And there will probably (unfortunately) always be people in need.  But if we would do more things like this, maybe we can start making more of a dent!

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