Saturday, December 8, 2012

a different kind of gift guide

we are fast approaching christmas, and there are many gift guides out there. this is a different gift giving guide inspired by two wonderful women in my life. a few years ago, a dear friend K wrote an email saying that instead of getting her a gift for christmas, she wanted her friends to give to charity. she listed a number of charities. one of them was seniors in need, which helps seniors in canada in impoverished situations or have critical health or social requirements. read about their mission here



another bestie of mine, G, my kindred spirit, introduced me to first graduate, a san francisco organization which she has worked with. this organization is a college success program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college. it follows kids from 7th grade all the way through 4th year college. i donated to that organization instead of giving her a gift, last year.


this year, each one of my sons has picked a child in the children's aid society christmas angel program and will be picking a gift for little 5 and 7 year old boys. the salvation army does the same, as do most children's hospitals. the united way has a fund for hurricane sandy recovery (donate here).


in the event you're trying to think of gifts this christmas, or thinking of just spreading some goodwill, i would ask you to consider one of these charities, or frankly any worthy, reputable organization. because of two inspirational women in my life, i've started to do this. it's easy: donate money in the friend's name to charities they support, or one that resonates with them. send them a card (with sparkles of course) to let them know a donation was made on their behalf to their charity. it gives to those less fortunate, and my friends have told me that they really appreciate that. it also feels really good to do good, especially at this time of year.


(pictures from pinterest, and from chatelaine magazine)

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  1. I love this idea! Things pile up and a lot of gifts don't get used.

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    1. thank you!! when my friends brought it up, i thought it was such a great idea, i wanted to share it. xox

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  2. Wonderful, and the real meaning of the holidays!!

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  3. Wow, what a great post! It's nice to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and serving others is a great way to do that. My little sister asked me to adopt an angel {or senior angel} instead of getting gifts for her and her family. Love it!

    :) M
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    1. thank you maigen - your sister had a great idea too - awesome!! xox

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  4. A great idea. When I worked in an office, rather than sending christmas cards to your fellow colleagues we used to donate the money we would normally spend on christmas card to a nominated charity.

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    1. thank you Carol - that's a great idea too!! i should raise that at work.. :)

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  5. Love the post P!! It really emphasizes the season of giving! :D Hope you had a lovely weekend. xoxo, Phoebe

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    1. thank you Phoebe! i hope you did too - and i hope this post gave people a few ideas! xox

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  6. I love alternative gift ideas like these!! xoxo, eliza

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    1. thank you so much eliza! and thank you for coming by! xox

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  7. I love this sentiment, P! You are such a great person. I make donations to AFSP & try to support an "angel" every year- I think it's important to emphasize the importance of giving, especially around this time of the year.
    :)
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    1. thank you sweet A! you are great too!! i hope i can try to get my boys to start this tradition too! xox

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  8. What an awesome thing to do instead of gift giving...that's what this time of year is all about :)

    Annie
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