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Christmas Charity Gifts (and ways to do good)

edited 22 December 2022 at 6:24PM in Shop but don't drop
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  • aurion22aurion22 Forumite
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    I'd like to recommend "World Gifts" from CAFOD.

    This is the website:

    As they say, these are "gifts that make a difference". They send card/certificate which you can pass on to the intended recipient and there's a good range of gifts with information packs for children. This would be a good way to introduce children to the real meaning of Christmas: that it's more blessed to give than to receive! :)

    Happy Christmas everyone!

  • I'm seriously thinking about practical presents as the gift for all the 'not sure what' people this year. I love the idea, and think I'd be happy to be given such a gift.
  • Why not go with the originators of this great idea, Send a Cow? A wide choice of gifts are available, starting at £5, going all the way up to £3,000 if you're feeling flush!

    - Feed a Child
    - Educate a Child
    - Piglet
    - Chickens
    - Dairy Cow

    and much more....

    As a new user I can't post links but if you search for Send a Cow Charity Gifts you should find the site.
  • At work instead of giving each other cards we all put the equivalent amount of money into a pot and then agree to donate what is collected to a local charity. One person then sends a cheque and also claims gift aid so the charity gets the full amount directly.
  • Has anyone looked at the fromscotland (Famine relief for orphans in Malawi) website for charity gift cards? Google fromscotland for their website which has all the details. Not only Christmas cards (it is too late for that this year) but they do Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc and 100% of your donation is spent on the gift. NO ADMINISTRATION COSTS!!
  • I'd also like to request data for CAFOD. I have used Christian Aid and Oxfam for several years, but unfortunately find Christian Aid are not as reliable on postage times as I would like. CAFOD are very efficient regarding turn around times and, particularly useful to me, offer a few presents ideal for teachers. School meals or innoculations come with stickers (14 or 28) which make for an excellent class present.
  • Can I add a recommendation for Self Help Africa? Not only a fantastic charity, but also very true to MSE values with only 9% spent on admin/fundraising (typically ~20%).

    I'm a long time lurker but (apparently?) first time poster so can't post as a link, but the URL is

  • I would like to nominate Lions Clubs International for donations this Christmas. Every penny you donate goes toward helping people in need somewhere in the world. This Christmas, Lions Clubs International Foundation WILL be helping thousands in need in the Philippines with direct aid equipment and funds to local Lions clubs on the spot in order to try to relive some of the suffering this Christmas. I am a retired Lion of over 20 years, and have seen the difference that honest, hard-working men and women around the world can make. Please help if you can and contact your local Lions Club
  • TREE AID helps villagers living in the drylands of Africa unlock the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment.
    They believe that tackling poverty and environmental protection are inseparable and help poor people invest in their environment, building its richness and health not just for today but for generations to come.
    It’s what they call a “two for one” solution that breaks the cycle of poverty and environmental decline and offers a sustainable way forward for people across the Sahel. Gifts start from £5.
  • Mercy Ships UK
    This Charity uses a ship - The Africa Mercy - and a volunteer crew, to bring free surgeries and health education to very poor countries in West Africa. After 37 years it continues to bring life changing surgeries to thousands of very needy people. I support it and am glad to recommend it. Surgeries can be sponsored.
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