Are you at a loss as to what birthday gift to buy a friend or relative who is either already wealthy enough to have anything you could afford to buy them, or simply has the philosophy that it is the “thought that counts" and does not wish you to spend lots of money on a gift for their birthday (or wedding, anniversary, graduation etc. . )?
One avenue you may not have yet considered is that of a charity related gift. What I am specifically talking about is “alternative gift catalogues", whereby you select an item to donate at a set price and the gift recipient receives a card in your name, letting them know what has been donated on their behalf.
A number of organisations run this sort of scheme, the most popular being World Vision and Oxfam Unwrapped. You can order from both these organisations from either a website or a regular catalogue, and gifts are available to suit all budgets. Taking World Vision as an example, their gifts range from buying livestock or school books to building a whole school for children in the third world.
You can select your gift either by type (e. g, medicine, livestock, tools, seeds, construction) or by budget to see what is available in the price range you are able to spend. Oxfam Unwrapped also organise their website so you can select by theme. For example, they have grouped gifts together based upon their suitability for giving on certain occasions (birthdays - how about giving 21 mango saplings for a 21st birthday? There are also gifts suitable for anniversaries, mothers day, fathers day etc. . . ) and also feature a “most wanted" section which includes gifts which are most needed such as training for teachers and safe drinking water. If you order via the internet, you can also personalise the gift card by selecting the layout and style of card and also then typing in your personalised message. It is also possible to have the card sent out on a specific date so that it arrives at just the right time for the event it relates to (or simply have it mailed to your own address if you intend to hand over the card in person).
One of the benefits of giving this kind of birthday gift to your friend or loved one is that it shows you have put thought into what to give them, plus the added bonus that you will both feel you have done your bit for the greater good. You may have heard the saying “give a man a fish and he will eat for a day - teach him how to fish and he will feed himself". These unique gifts take that saying further, bringing education, health and standard of living benefits that we take for granted to those most in need for years to come.
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