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  • meher
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    • 9th Dec 09, 2:43 PM
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    • 9th Dec 09, 2:43 PM
    How wonderful. I don't think I've seen this before 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 instead

    pps gwinnie is the name I fondly call her
    Last edited by meher; 09-12-2009 at 4:33 PM.
  • JezFarmer
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    • 11th Dec 09, 10:15 AM
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    • 11th Dec 09, 10:15 AM
    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
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    • 8th Dec 10, 10:47 AM
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    • 8th Dec 10, 10:47 AM
    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!
  • jerbourg
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    • 14th Dec 11, 4:14 AM
    Charity Flowers
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    • 14th Dec 11, 4:14 AM
    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.
    • kjdinfinity
    • By kjdinfinity 14th Dec 11, 8:42 AM
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    • #6
    • 14th Dec 11, 8:42 AM
    CAFOD World Gifts
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    • 14th Dec 11, 8:42 AM
    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
    • themilnes
    • By themilnes 14th Dec 11, 8:46 AM
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    • #7
    • 14th Dec 11, 8:46 AM
    Rainforest Gifts
    • #7
    • 14th Dec 11, 8:46 AM
    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.
  • Gretchen
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    • 14th Dec 11, 10:14 AM
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    • 14th Dec 11, 10:14 AM
    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."
  • amyperkins2
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    • 14th Dec 11, 11:19 AM
    St. Peter's Lifeline
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    • 14th Dec 11, 11:19 AM
    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!
  • franmaxted
    Trinity Hospice, London
    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.
  • ag115
    Support a Street Child
    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
  • georgetherunner
    Another charity
    As far as I am aware, they don't do gifts, but The Kitchen Table Charities Trust, set up by John Humphrys, advertises itself as not spending a penny on administration in the UK. That gets my vote.
  • driftwood19
    I have downloaded the new charity single from Isle of Wight Unite - We are the World 2011. This supports the local hospice and was produced by 25 singers giving their time to release this single. Instead of buying Christmas cards / stamps etc, I have sent a link to the YouTube video and the Amazon download link with an e-mail. For close family I have purchased the CD.

    Available on Amazon and iTunes - search Isle of Wight Unite

    CD's can be purchased from isleofwightunite dot com

    Full video can be viewed on YouTube by searching Isle of Wight Unite.

  • peterkillen
    Charity Gifts for Christmas
    I have used this for a number of years for both Giving AND Receiving and found World Gifts via the CAFOD site to be an excellent option with a variety of gifts. This year they have 12 gifts under £100 and 3 over £100. Far better than buying / receiving something you do not want or will not use.
  • Melusine
    Charity Gifts
    The Charity World In Need also has an Alternative Christmas Gift list. You can buy chickens for Kenya or hygiene kits for Ethiopia, stationery and school desks for Pakistan and warm blankets for Afghanistan, among many other things.

    Details on or on their blog (
  • Muckleflugga
    Mary's Meals feed a child for a year for £9.40
    Mary's Meals is a brilliant charity with very low running costs (93p per pound goes on charitable activities), now feeding over 600,000 children daily. Mary’s Meals provides daily meals to chronically hungry children in their local school. In this way the hungry child is encouraged to attend school and, through education, gain a better future for himself and his community.
    Go to their website - just Google "Mary's Meals" and follow the links to "What you can do" and then "Alternative giving".
  • supersaverem
    Gifts of Nature
    Following on from a hedgehog forum post in the summer, I would like to recommend gifts from the same charity People's Trust for Endangered Species.

    Their 'Gifts of Nature' are essentially a donation to a certain animal or conservation project and in return you get a lovely card explaining where the money has gone with pics of the animals.

    £5- buys a stag beetle home
    £12- buys a hedgehog survey tunnel or a honeymmon hamper for dormice!!
    £20- buys conservation lessons for locals in Kenya
    £30- can track a giraffe
    etc etc

    Take a look at or search ptes gifts of nature
    (can also add gift aid )
  • decleyn
    Charity Gift Page
    Dear Martin

    Please could you add this fund raising site for UNICEF to your charity gift page.

    The site aims to sell all 16.7 million colours that a computer, smartphone or tablet can generate for just £1 each.

    You can also give your friends a COLOUR FOR CHRISTMAS with our new facebook app - what colour will they choose?

    Merry Christmas to you all.


    Rob DeCleyn
    • axelariat
    • By axelariat 15th Dec 11, 1:31 PM
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    Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) gifts
    I would like to suggest the RNLI's lifesaving gifts, as a charity gift. These guys do a lot of good work at sea. You can buy their crew members some supplies and clothing on behalf of someone, it all goes to a good cause.

    Google 'RNLI Shop', visit the website, and under 'Gifts and Games' click on 'Lifesaving Gifts'.

    Best wishes to all.
    Last edited by axelariat; 15-12-2011 at 1:32 PM. Reason: wanted to put 'best wishes' at the end!!!
  • mbell
    CAFOD World Gifts
    I know this was already mentioned, but I just wanted to provide the website for the CAFOD World Gifts page. Last orders are today to arrive by Christmas!

    worldgifts. cafod. org. uk

    For £15 you can buy an emergency kit, really important right now, especially with the East Africa crisis. My favourite though is the pair of piglets for £25.
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