As Buddhists, my family didn’t celebrate Christmas. We have never decorated a tree or gave each other presents on Christmas Day because we are taught to give all year round without expecting anything in return. So I never really, REALLY enjoyed Christmas as much as my friends did. But over the last few years, I’ve learned to like Christmas a little more. Especially the idea of giving and ending the year with a gift to say thank you for being there, or working with me or for being a great friend. I even enjoyed my first ever traditional Christmas Eve dinner last year with my boyfriend’s family (organized by his lovely mum).
So this year I wanted to share 3 unique ways that you can buy a gift for a friend AND help someone in need. A downloadable and printable gift card where you are essentially giving twice!
- MAKE A LOAN TO AN ENTREPRENEUR IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY
I’m a volunteer editor with Kiva so I’m a bit biased but I just love the concept of lending money to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Buy a gift card for a friend and they can make a loan to a farmer in Uganda who needs cows, a general store owner in the Philippines who needs more stock or a university student in Tajikistan who needs tuition fees.
- GIVE A ‘GIFT OF HOPE’ FOR CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Your card through Plan International could provide teacher training in Laos, seeds for a family in South Sudan or breakfast for an entire year at a school in Cambodia.
- GIVE A GIFT THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE IN REFUGEE CAMPS
Buy cans to collect clean water, a new mother’s kit, school stationery or malaria treatment for refugees living in refugee camps around the world through UN Refugee Agency for Australia.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas wherever you are in the world!!! And thanks my friend and occasional guest contributor KP for this blog post idea.
Vintage Christmas card pics via Pinterest.