Christmas Gifts that Give Back

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My love language is gifts.

I really love receiving them, but I do love giving them as well! Christmas makes me all giddy as we carefully pick out presents for family members, hoping to bless them with that perfect, thoughtful gift they will love.

In the last few years, I’ve learned about ways our gift-giving can mean even more, for the person receiving the gift and for other special groups of people, too! The way we spend our money at Christmas has the potential to make a big difference.

It has been predicted by the National Retail Federation that Americans will spend $600 billion dollars on Christmas this year {according to infowars.com}. Imagine the impact even half that amount of money could have if it was spent through charities or companies who give back!

There are so many options for making meaningful purchases at Christmas time. Here are a few of my favorites…

Charities

Several charities put out holiday catalogs this time of year. The focus of these catalogs is on buying presents for people in need. You can browse the catalog for gifts in your desired price range and then donate the specified amount to provide a family or community such things as clean water, livestock for milk or meat, or school tuition. Some of the organizations with this type of giving opportunity include Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Vision.

1400316456.jpg_1This can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp – buying a present for someone they will never meet – but it is a great tradition to start early. The King’s Christmas List is a wonderful book to use when introducing this kind of giving to your little ones. The story follows Emma as she worries about what gift to bring the King for his birthday. Emma has many unexpected encounters as she travels to the party and her perception of giving is changed by the journey and finally meeting the King. I would highly recommend reading this book as a family before involving the whole family in giving to a charity this Christmas!

Gifts That Give Back

Safari Snuggle Stuffed Animals – Johari Creations

These adorable, unique African animals are sewn by a group of women with HIV in Malawi. The money they make from your purchase of these animals helps them pay for for medication, food, and fertilizer for their crops. Each machine washable animal is just $22! Johari Creations also has beautiful jewelry and accessories for women and girls – tons of gifts ideas!

Men’s Irene Wallet – fashionABLE

Yes, I know the wallet is named after a woman, but it was designed for a man and would make an amazing gift for the special guy in your life! This leather bi-fold wallet has four pockets and a spring-loaded metal money clip. Each wallet is hand-crafted in Kenya. All fashionABLE purchases make it possible for women in Africa to earn a fair wage and support their families in a dignified manner.

Ballet Flats – The Root Collective

Most women would love a new pair of gorgeous shoes for Christmas, but what if those shoes also help prevent gang violence in Guatemala? When you purchase a pair of colorful ballet flats from The Root Collective, you know your shoes are made by a man named Otto who was able to escape gang life because of a fair-paying job making shoes. He is teaching others to make shoes as well in the hopes of transforming their lives and the community. Beautiful story, beautiful shoes, beautiful gift!

This is just a small sampling of the many charities and companies that change lives by giving back when you purchase through them this Christmas. You can find gifts that give back for just about anyone on your list, and donating to charities as a family is a beautiful way to make the holidays more about giving as Jesus taught us to give.

What are your favorite ways to give back through gifts and donations at Christmas time?

Lover of Jesus, family, home. Wife, mommy, writer, runner. Erin finds joy in her life as a Jesus-follower, doctor’s wife, mama to three handsome guys, writer at Home with the Boys, and co-founder of Raising Boys Media. Website URL: http://homewiththeboys.net