Christmas Charity Gifts (and ways to do good)

Former_MSE_Lawrence Posts: 975 Forumite
edited 22 December 2022 at 6:24PM in Shop but don't drop
This is the place to discuss the gifts listed in the deals note:
Charity Gifts
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  • meher
    meher Posts: 15,910 Forumite
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    edited 9 December 2009 at 6:33PM
    How wonderful. I don't think I've seen this before :o thankyou although I remember doing books search via some MSE tool, anyway it's aesthetically designed, nice sea green, pleasant to the eyes. I liked it that the results come in code tags so that you can scroll within the page instead of moving away from it. May be you could do the same for the small print on the tunechecker as well and keep the not too important text partially hidden so that the page doesn't look cluttered.

    ps I didn't like the megashopbot robot, could we have a gwinnie :grinheart instead

    pps gwinnie is the name I fondly call her :snow_grin
  • Could I add another charity gift site to your list? St Mungo's is London's largest homeless charity and this year you can buy a range of gifts from their virtual gift shop including a warm bed for the night and fresh clothes (£25), literacy training (£50) and equipment to join some of their vocational activities. Cheers, Jez (yes I do work for them!)
  • goonlord
    goonlord Posts: 193 Forumite
    Could I suggest another worthy charity please? IMPACT Foundation works to prevent and treat needless disability and has a range of 'gift tokens' including £30 to restore sight, movement or hearing to another person overseas; £20 to establish a home garden for a family in the developing world to grow nutritious food to eat and sell the surplus to earn income; and £87 to train a traditional birth attendant (midwife) to help women giving birth or a local health worker. IMPACT will also make up special tokens at different prices if you call them (01444 457080) Thanks!
  • If you want to send flowers try Charity Flowers Direct. This website is owned by Age UK with the flowers being supplied by Guernsey Flowers who have been sending flowers by post for 25 years.

    15% of the proceeds of every sale is given to the charity of your choice. There is a drop down featuring over 370 different charities with more being added all of the time.

    The flowers are priced very competitively so you will not end up paying more than on other sites for your flowers.
  • I’d like to recommend CAFOD World Gifts.

    World Gifts will make a huge difference to people in developing countries because they help people break free from poverty! They have over 30 gifts to choose from and to suit every kind of budget; a school starter pack is £7.50 while a group of people could chip in to buy a community water supply for £750. Thanks, Kevin
  • May I suggest another charity? Cool Earth is helping to protect rainforest by working with the indigenous people. They have a range of virtual gifts ranging from a quid or two to protect a particular tree in the rainforest, through community gifts such as school books or solar panels, up to protecting an acre of rainforest. Certificates can be printed out online.
  • I would like to reccomend

    Kiva is "a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

    Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.
    Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs."
  • May I recommend St Peter's Lifeline? They have the same kind of gifts as some other charities such as goats, chickens and a lovely charity CD of an African choir singing. They are a small charity and 100% of donations goes to a small school in remote Kenya, feeding about 300 children and taking care of around 70 boarders who are mostly orphans. I know someone involved in the charity so I hope you don't mind me posting but I've seen the good work they do. I know that the workers do it all without taking fees from the charity, which is something people like to know when they give money - that it's not all going on admin expenses!
  • Not only are there alternative gifts from sponsoring a community nurse to buying a massage for a patient.

    Visit Trinity's website for more information - seach Trinity Hospice, Clapham.

    You can also buy a “Larger than Life” limited edition signed photographic portrait of a well-known icon. From Jack Dee to Jeff Goldblum to Elbow.

    Only 50 limited edition prints of each icon have been created and all are hand signed by the celebrity (all prints come with a certificate of authenticity).

    The limited edition prints are £250 and come unframed as standard - and every penny goes to the hospice.

    Visit Trinity's website for more information & to see who else is available or visit us on Facebook.
  • I'd like to suggest Street Child Africa, a small development charity that works closely with African partners to help children on the streets across Africa. I work as a fundraiser in our small team. We have Kits for Kids which can support children to get off the streets, get an education, learn a skill and become independent. Helping these great kids reach their potential.

    Choose from the School Fees Kit (£10) and Back to School Kit (£20), up to Tools for the Trade (£85); all found at (sorry I'm not allowed to post a link...)

    Merry Christmas everyone, whoever you decide to support this year. Thanks, Alison
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