It's easier than you might think to help the charity of your choice, and make
things less stressful for yourself at the same time. Many charities produce a gift catalogue at least
once a year full of gift ideas, cards etc. enabling you to find great gift ideas for delivery to your door
with no need to fight the crowds to go shopping.
You'll often find gifts that aren't available anywhere else, and for the person who
has everything, you can choose from a selection of alternative gift ideas. Below
you'll find a selection of mainly US and UK charity gift ideas, although
several accept orders worldwide.
Charity Gift Shops and Catalogues
Take a look at the website of your favourite charity to see if they
offer a gift catalogue. Even the smaller ones tend to at least offer a
selection of Christmas cards.
Alternatively, make a visit to Catalink, a directory of mail order catalogues where
at the last count there were nearly 30 charity gift catalogues to choose from, as well as
hundreds of other catalogues and brochures, all available free of charge.
Ethical Superstore offers fair trade and green consumer products from the world's
leading ethical brands with access to all the major fair trade and green brands
including Cafedirect, Traidcraft, Green & Blacks, Divine, Ecover and many more.
The full range includes gifts, cosmetics, foods, beverages, CDs, books, DVDs plus handmade lifestyle and fashion products.
Alternative Gift Ideas
Practical Presents are the ideal gift for people struggling to think of the perfect
present for the person who has everything.
Practical Action works hand in hand with local communities to provide sustainable
solutions to poverty. And because Practical Action's projects are sustainable, they
go on working for years to come.
Practical Presents is a range of 15 gift ideas that not only offer you a chance
to buy a unique gift for someone, but also make a real, long lasting difference
to communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The gifts range from £10 right up to £5,000 and include a goat, a bicycle ambulance,
a bee-keeping business and also, training to help farmers administer vital
medicine to animals such as llamas and alpacas – each one of their 15 different
gift ideas will truly help transform the lives of people in the developing world.
World Vision's Alternative Gift Catalogue.
World Vision's Alternative Gift Catalogue is the ideal antidote to needless knick
knacks. Each gift is not just original - each gift is requested by communities
living in poverty.
You can choose from over 95 gifts online with many online exclusives and many
under £20. With each gift you buy you can choose from over 1600 card
designs online and even personalise your card online and even upload your
own photo onto the front of the card for the extra special greeting. Every card
is digitally printed to your specifications with the gift certificate printed
With such a wide range of gifts to choose from you can choose from over
35 new gifts available and even more gifts available under £20. Like four chickens
for £12,or more practical gifts like a tap for £6, a stethoscope for £18 or
a bag of construction cement for £19. Your sure to find a gift that will be suitable
for your friend.
World Vision gifts connect people fighting poverty and their work in a
community depends on the priorities of that community. People may need your help
to grow enough food to eat, improve access to education, healthcare and clean water.
Or improve incomes so they can send their children to school. World Vision is one of
the world's leading relief and development agencies,
helping over 100 million people in nearly 100 countries in their struggle
against poverty, hunger and injustice, irrespective of their religious beliefs.
ADOPT A MARINE MAMMAL
Marine Mammal Center, a unique nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation hospital for
injured, sick, and orphaned marine mammals, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year, rescuing more marine mammals than any other institution in the world.
Adopt a seal, sea lion, or sea otter, and help nurse them back to health so they
can return to the wild. Donations of $30, $50, or $100 fulfill a variety
of different needs. You will also receive a certificate and photo of your adoptee.
PLANT A TREE
Trees for Life help people plant fruit trees in developing countries. Each tree
protects the environment and provides a low-cost, self-renewing source of food for a
large number of people. 100 Fruit Trees: $100.00; 30 Fruit Trees: $30.00; 20
Fruit Trees: $20.00; 10 Fruit Trees: $10.00.
ADOPT A FARM ANIMAL
Farm Sanctuary has established America's premier farm animal shelters and waged
effective campaigns to stop farm animal cruelty. Join their Farm Animal Sponsorship
program and help them provide sanctuary to a cow, pig, goat, sheep, chicken,
turkey, duck, goose, or rabbit. Sponsorship costs vary according to the animal
you choose. Their popular Adopt-a-Turkey program is perfect for the holidays. You will
receive a certificate and photo of your adoptee, and you can even visit your
ADOPT A WOLF
International Wolf Center supports the survival of the wolf around the world by
teaching about its life, its association with other species and its dynamic
relationships to humans. When you adopt by making a donation of under $25, you receive a
wolf behavior guide, a 4x6 matted photo, a wolf biography, pack update,
Wolf Tidbits flyer, large vinyl track sticker, 5x7 postcard, business size logo
magnet and of course your adoption certificate.
ADOPT A GORILLA
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection
of gorillas and their habitat in Africa. An excellent way to help protect the
mountain gorillas is to adopt a gorilla from one of the Karisoke Research Center's
groups. When you adopt, you'll receive a photo of your gorilla and adoption papers.
For $50, you can adopt a infant gorilla, for $100, adopt a mother and infant pair,
and for a $300 gift, you can adopt a silverback (an adult male).
Defenders of Wildlife, dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and
plants in their natural communities, needs your help protecting a wide range
of animals. Choose from a wide range including a sea turtle, snowy owl, black bear
or a penguin or even an entire wildlife sanctuary containing their 12 most popular
ADOPT A WHALE
The International Wildlife Coalition's Whale Adoption Project enables you to choose
an adoptee from the West Coast or the East Coast of America. Choose a whale to adopt
and you'll even be able to track your whale with regular updates. For international applications,
ADOPT A CHIMPANZEE
In Defense of Animals - Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in a forest
in Cameroon provides sanctuary to chimpanzees who have been rescued from the
saddest of circumstances. Their lives are renewed and protected through the work
of IDA-Africa. For $15 a month, "foster parents" receive a photograph and biography
of your chimpanzee as well as a certificate of "guardianship."
Celebrity Gift Ideas
Trade plus Aid
21st Century Leaders is a unique charity artwork project operated for the charity Trade Plus Aid.
They gather artworks from leaders in all fields; royalty, film, music, noble peace
laureates, sports, literature etc. Each ambassador donates a symbol of hope, a self
portrait and a message of hope for the future.
These artworks are being used to create products, initially charity wristbands,
clothing, tableware, ethical cosmetics and stationary released on the 21CL label.
The goal of 21st Century Leaders' charitable brand is to sell 'merchandise with
a meaning'. All products are manufactured under fair working conditions and
are sold to raise funds for charitable causes chosen by each contributing leader.
Current gifts include wristbands designed by Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney,
Ewan McGregor and Green Day, amongst others, and mugs designed by such stars as
Claudia Schiffer, Donna Karan, George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Nicole Kidman,
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and Roger Moore.
Charity Gift Vouchers - UK Charity Gift Vouchers are a great way for you to
let friends and family know how good it feels to give. £10 and £25 vouchers
can be used to benefit any recognised UK charity. Give a voucher to a friend or
relative, and they get to choose a favourite cause to give it to. That could be
anything from a large national charity to a community group, or even
a school or church, so long as it has charitable status.
Most of us send cards to friends and family for special occasions, including holidays and birthdays. This is a great way to support causes
you care about at the same time. The following organizations offer greeting cards
to help support the work they do.