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18 Dec 2019
Christmas. It comes around every year and, love it or loathe it, it can be a stressful and difficult time for many. Especially in the social media age that we live in, we can feel pressure to put on the greatest show with more presents than the year before, festive lights that can be seen from space, and cramming in parties, dinners and get togethers with family and friends you might not normally spend extended amounts of time with. But we're also lucky that the only problems we have are if there's enough tiramisu to go around and who's going to help Auntie Susan home after her annual bender on the Advocaat.
As the perfect antidote for all the extravagance and indulgence, we’ve put together a list of ways you can give back this Christmas.
Charity Christmas cardsWhile some people have given up on sending cards and instead donate directly to charity, it’s still nice to get a card through the post. It’s sometimes the only connection you have with distant friends and relatives so, for us, it’s a tradition to cherish. There are hundreds of charities across the UK – both local and national – that produce their own Christmas cards and give a percentage of the profit to the cause. If you’ve still to buy your cards this year, why not make a conscious decision to buy charity cards – it’ll bring joy to the person you send the card to and support your chosen charity at the same time. Win win!
Charity giftsOver the past few years we’ve bought some of our favourite gifts and stocking fillers from charities – gorgeous tree decorations from Marie Curie and hand-knitted dolls from Cuddle + Kind – and there are hundreds more options out there! The recipient of your gift will be extra touched that you donated to charity.
Adopt an animal
Not an animal that comes to live in your house - we don’t promote adopting or buying pets just for Christmas. Instead, why not sponsor a donkey because, you know, ‘Little donkey, little donkey.” While there’s not a song about meerkats, they’re also up for adoption or why not save the drama for your llama and sponsor one – you’ll be bang on trend for 2019/2020!
Christmas is a time when we think of those less fortunate than us and a direct way for us to help others is to make a monetary donation for a specific cause. Social Bite can provide Christmas dinner for a homeless person for a donation of £5. Oxfam Unwrapped offers a huge selection of uses for your donation – from supplying a pig, chicken or goat to a family in need, safe drinking water for an entire village or supporting education for girls in developing countries.
Make a donation
You don’t even need to donate cash – buy an extra toy and gift it to Cash for Kids or pop a few extra tins, chocolates and crisps in your trolley and drop them off at your local food bank. Your donation could make a real difference this Christmas.
Donate your time.
If you’re not in a position to buy a gift or make a donation but want to give back, one of the best things you can donate is your time. There are lots of shelters, churches, charities and food banks looking for volunteers at this time of year to help serve food to those in need. Or why not pop in to visit with an elderly neighbour? Many people, especially the elderly, feel the impact of loneliness at Christmastime and a visit from you, a little chat and a cup of tea and a mince pie would mean the world to them.
So, no matter how you choose to give back, know this – you’ve done a great thing and your efforts will be appreciated by your chosen recipient.
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