• rag_doll
    rag_doll Posts: 210 Forumite
    Brilliant idea, it's about time this kind of thing became available. Really makes you think about the money we spend on Christmas, Birthday, presents, etc, or the money we spend on Christmas cards or all that food for Christmas!
    As someone else has mentioned Oxfam offers a similar thing, just visit Happy shopping!

  • Some lovely ideas here, I will be buying my daughters teacher a desk and chair and work books off the site, far better than another box of chocs.

    Thank you so much for this idea, I have ordered a couple of catalogues too, will drop one into school, and hubbie can take one to work.
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  • Zoetoes
    Zoetoes Posts: 2,496 Forumite
    This is a great idea.

    Every year I do the toy appeal for kids in our area, basically just buy an extra toy and take it to one of the collection points.

    I also do the shoeboxes (although haven't every year), the kids like to do this with me, they put some of their own stuff in knowing it's for a kid who hasn't got anything, it's a good way of making them realise how lucky they are.
    If you're going to stalk me, while you're at it can you cut the grass, feed the dog & make sure I've got bread & milk in :D
  • This is a great idea.Another idea specially for children is to buy an adoption of an animal.You can adopt a chimp for example at child will get a lovely certificate. laminated photo of the chimp and also a season ticket for visiting Monkey World.You can also watch the antics of your chimp or orangutang on Monkey Business the tv prog on Animal Planet so kids really feel involved.It costs £15 for a year. All the money goes for the upkeep of the apes and rescue work they carry out.A meaningful gift for xmas maybe?
  • Zoetoes
    Zoetoes Posts: 2,496 Forumite
    My boyfriend plays cricket at our local club and runs a message board for members, I've just posted on there about the toy appeal, asking everyone to have one less pint and give me the cost of it, once there's a few quid I'll go shopping for presents and drop them off at the collection points.

    Anyone else thinking of buying a toy for the appeal, please remember it's not just little kids, there's older ones aswell, they are often forgotten.
    If you're going to stalk me, while you're at it can you cut the grass, feed the dog & make sure I've got bread & milk in :D
  • The Save the Children online shop has a nice range of goods for a worthy cause:

    Other charities also have online shops, eg:

    I am sure there are many more with nice gifts - perhaps other people will add any they know of?

    Not quite the same as the above, but I also came across this site today - 10% of your purchase goes to one of 2 charities (Mencap or Debra); at no extra cost to you.  

    Gifts and gadgets - prices seem reasonable - on a par with other similar sites anyway.  You can also order a catalogue.

    Also, if you shop via one of the charity 'shopping portals' ; a percentage of your spend goes to the relevant charity at no extra cost to you. (it tells you the percentage next to each link).  Retailers include amazon, Marks and Spencer, dabs and many more...

    "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the
    best of everything; they just make the best
    of everything that comes along their way."
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  • Just read this in November edition of "Good Housekeeping"
    ...around £16 billion is spent on gifts every Christmas, of which an estimated one-third - or over £5 billion-worth - are unwanted.

    That's a lot of goats, nets, toilets, eye operations. Getting my parents trees for Christmas. Would rather get them toiltets but would like to inherit one day (to buy more goats, of course ;) )
  • Just bought my sister (who has everything!) and her ever increasing family... a toilet! Now she can say she has property abroad. ;D
    This is such a super cool, excellent idea. I am sick of spending so much money each year on presents that get lost amoungst the heaps of others, unappreciated and either hidden in a cupboard or broken by Boxing Day.
    Shows the real spirit of Christmas may be returning to our consumer driven society.
    A BIG cheer for the marketing guys who came up with this scheme!!
    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new...... Albert Einstein
  • Anybody wanting some Christmas Cards might be interested in this site:

    Buy charity Christmas cards online:
    "Voluntary on-line charity Christmas card shop; buy direct and 100% of purchase price goes to charity of your choice; over 50 charities and also shops in Cheshire in north west England."

    And another site along the same lines as (click on gift ideas):


    "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the
    best of everything; they just make the best
    of everything that comes along their way."
    -- Author Unknown --
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. My lovely grandparents will receive a goat, and I can already see first their consternation and then their delight. This is what Christmas is all about. I'm loving it ;D ;D
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