If you are reading this, obviously you have – or have access to – a computer which implies ( to me) that perhaps you may live in a part of the world that can afford to buy gifts this holiday season. We’re all bombarded every day by ads urging us to buy such and such for so and so. C’mon! Make your loved ones happy! Buy the watch, the flat screen tv, the latest box set of the hottest tv series….blah di blah blah…BLAH.
Now, what if your gift could make your loved ones happy AND help those less fortunate. That’s a win-win, right? There are lots of ways to accomplish this. Donate to a cause, an animal or an organization that appeals to your loved one’s sensibility and put the donation in his/her name. Buy online eco friendly, ethically produced, fairly traded products ( all those great buzz words!). There are a growing number of options – google away!
For example, there’s one site I recently used and would like to recommend- they source the above mentioned type gifts AND with every item you buy they tally up how many bowls of food you have helped purchase that will go to animals living in shelters and sanctuaries.
I love this one: ” 1 Darfur Relief Bead Bracelet provides two months of education or feeds a malnourished child for one week” …AND you are also providing 14 bowls of food to an animal in a shelter or sanctuary AND you are buying a beautiful bracelet. How cool is that!?!? That’s what I call a win-win-win. They are the Animal Rescue Site. Check them out and see for yourself. :)
© anouk bikkers 2009