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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 12th Oct 04, 9:45 PM
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    The Perfect Prezzie For Someone Who Has Everything
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    • 12th Oct 04, 9:45 PM
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    The Perfect Prezzie For Someone Who Has Everything 12th Oct 04 at 9:45 PM
    I like this idea. Here you buy a useful gift for someone in the developing world e.g. a fishing net or care for an orphaned child; they get the prezzie and your friend gets a card telling them what’s been done in their name.

    For more details see Greatgifts.org

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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 03-02-2005 at 12:23 AM.
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  • Edinburghlass
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    • 12th Oct 04, 9:51 PM
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
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    • 12th Oct 04, 9:51 PM
    I like it too, someone posted on your Charity Christmas Card thread that he has ordered chickens for someone on the occasion of his daughter's birthday.
    • divadee
    • By divadee 12th Oct 04, 11:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:02 PM
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:02 PM
    I like this idea to, makes you think at christmas/birthdays how much we spend on ourselves when even just £5 could change someones life in a developing country.

    I have just purchased 4 pressies off my christmas list from here
    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 12th Oct 04, 11:05 PM
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:05 PM
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:05 PM
    Thanks, Martin. I was really stumped as to what to get my dad, for birthday and Christmas. He keeps saying he doesn't want anything, but he's always chuffed to receive. This way, everyone will be happy. Great post.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 12th Oct 04, 11:11 PM
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:11 PM
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    • 12th Oct 04, 11:11 PM
    Last year I gave my father and stepmother sponsorship of a child in Ruwanda (? spelling) for Christmas..........

    They are the classic people who have everything, and they were delighted. They have the opportunity to personally correspond with the little girl concerned and it's probably given them more pleasure than any material gift could have given them, while at the same time ensuring her a good education.

    I consider it £15 a month well spent.

    Pink

  • tanny
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    • 13th Oct 04, 3:11 AM
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    • 13th Oct 04, 3:11 AM
    What a great idea!! just purchased 2 christmas presents (goat and a sheep) and i will def get my daughter something too........seem like a good way of teaching her that we are not all as fortunate as here in Britain. Great post martin thanks
  • jmf
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    • 13th Oct 04, 10:59 AM
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    • 13th Oct 04, 10:59 AM
    What a wonderful site. I will definitely use it as part of my Christmas gifts. A little less spent on the present and a gift from this site to make up the rest.
    Makes you realise how lucky we are and how we take most things for granted.
    • TaBunny
    • By TaBunny 13th Oct 04, 2:25 PM
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    • 13th Oct 04, 2:25 PM
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    • 13th Oct 04, 2:25 PM
    I think this is an amazing and thought provoking site many thanks for finding this lets hope lots of people use it and make someone elses life a little brighter.
  • KK
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    • 14th Oct 04, 2:03 PM
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    • 14th Oct 04, 2:03 PM
    I don't know if this is the same thing, but Oxfam are doing this too - my mum just bought 10 chickens for £10 for her friend's birthday. I think it is a fantastic idea, having just had my birthday yesterday and not wanting anything but people still want to buy you something it's perfect. Well, the truth is there are things I want but they are big things like new house, car, garden makeover etc - not realistic things to ask for at all! I think if I bought my 4 year old 10 chickens for Christmas she would want to see them, or a goat or a sheep. It would be too hard to explain they are for someone else!
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 14th Oct 04, 2:05 PM
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    there are some great ideas on here. and a couple i think i can use.
  • floss38
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    WORLD VISION have been doing this for ages.Their ALTERNATIVE GIFT CATALOGUE is unique and you can buy catarract operations to apple trees.Every gift purchased comes with a fantastic presentation card/certificate sent to the person of your choice.I would highly recommend it.World Vision are also looking for child sponsors in developing countries from as little as £10 a month.Worth every penny.Check out their website.
  • competitionscafe
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    I don't know if this is the same thing, but Oxfam are doing this too - my mum just bought 10 chickens for £10 for her friend's birthday. !I think it is a fantastic idea, having just had my birthday yesterday and not wanting anything but people still want to buy you something it's perfect. !<snip>
    Hi KK - The Oxfam one is Oxfam Unwrapped at :
    http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com/Default.aspx
  • Sarahsaver
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    I have bought several people trees in the past, from the woodland trust. They get a certificate and a tree is planted in a uk wood of your choice, from the woodland trust.
    http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
    its £10 to have one tree planted.
    This type of gift is a good one, people are touched in a way that you can never hope to achieve with socks or gift vouchers!
  • Jay-Jay
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Thanks Martin, that's a great Site.

    I normally get my dad something trivial from the kids for Xmas, a chocolate orange and a pair of novelty socks.

    Well, my dad loves fishing so I just got a fishing net off the site in his name.

    Put my message inside as " Dad, I know you love fishing, thought you wouldn't mind letting someone else try it xxx"

    I've not spent more than I normally do and I'll prob end up buying him a choc orange anyway ;D
    • mp3pek
    • By mp3pek 15th Oct 04, 11:22 AM
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    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Think about the great fun your recipient can have when they are asked what they got for Christmas. The usual list includes chocolates, socks, wine, jumper. Imagine the look of suprise if you can stick a goat in the list.

    ;D
  • competitionscafe
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Imagine the look of suprise if you can stick a goat in the list. ;D
    or a toilet (one of the options at greatgifts.org) - should appeal to someone with a sense of humour. ;D

    The Woodland Trust idea is a nice one too - or for something more exotic you could give the gift of an acre of rainforest in the Amazon Basin project in Ecuador from the World Land Trust. (£25) "Buy a gift acre and you will be paying for one Real acre in a Real place, to be purchased, protected and managed by The World Land Trust Forever.- Wildlife comes free of charge!"

    http://www.worldlandtrust.org/supporting/perfectgift.htm#includes

    Finally, everybody loves chocolate and the choccies from Choc Aid include a donation "to projects which help counter hunger in the developing world. You are also able to decide the exact hunger project to benefit from your money."

    http://www.chocaid.com/html/index.html

    Perhaps Martin could mention all of these worthy causes in his newsletter a few times as we approach Xmas?
  • ylona
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Do you know if there are animal charities who has similar gifts to sent out? I would love to give animal related gifts in the same manner as the oxfam etc charities..
  • Joannekerry
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    This is a great site and I will definitely be doing some of my Xmas shopping on it. But dont you think that it is sad that some of the countries that live in poverty are part of our Commonwealth? We allow 100 of thousands non worthy immigrants into our Country and pay them tens of thousands a year to stay here. I know Im going off on a tangent here but how much of a difference would that make in a life to a Kenyan child.
    • lynneinjapan
    • By lynneinjapan 17th Oct 04, 9:28 PM
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    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Liked the fishing net idea!

    Also good for a wedding list; I'm getting married next year but my fiance and I don't need much in the way of domestic equipment so it would be a nice way for people to buy us really useful presents.

    Here are some more, similar sites (please excuse me if any of them have already been listed):
    http://www.itdg.org/?id=christmas_cards_and_gifts
    http://www.landmines.org.uk/gift_voucher.asp
    http://catalog.heifer.org/ (this one's US-based)
    http://www.globalgiving.com/ (ditto)

    I sponsor a child in Guatemala through Plan International (www.plan-uk.org) and their printed catalogue has similar gifts; you can dowload a copy from the website, but they don't seem to sell them online.
  • competitionscafe
    Re: THE PERFECT PREZZIE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYT
    Do you know if there are animal charities who has similar gifts to sent out? !I would love to give animal related gifts in the same manner as the oxfam etc charities..
    Hi Ylona,

    Try World Wildlife Fund - adopt an animal gift :
    https://secure.wwf.org.uk/adoption/index.asp

    and online shop:
    https://shop.wwf.org.uk/store/Home.aspx

    Adopt an orphan lion/tiger, baby chimp, orca whale, etc (great for kids):
    http://www.bornfreetrading.co.uk/itmidx1.htm

    Adopt a tiger, chimps, bear, orangutans, elephant etc:
    http://www.careforthewild.com/adoption.asp?apid=12

    Adopt a Donkey (Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary)
    http://www.donkeyrescue.co.uk/adopt-frames.htm

    Adopt Wildlife: (One World Wildlife /Biodiversity Trust)
    http://www.adoptwildlife.org/faqs.htm

    Adopt a Turtle:
    http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/adopt/

    Or Good Gifts:
    http://www.goodgifts.org/goodgifts/default.php?cPath=67
    eg:
    Old dog's retirement:
    http://www.goodgifts.org/goodgifts/product_info.php?cPath=67&products_id=11
    Herbs for Lions:
    http://www.goodgifts.org/goodgifts/product_info.php?cPath=67&products_id=54
    Train a Dog for a new leash of life:
    http://www.goodgifts.org/goodgifts/product_info.php?cPath=67&products_id=20

    or if you prefer cats - sponsor a cat cabin: (Cats Protection League)
    https://secure.cats.org.uk/cats_tda/sponsor_a_cat_cabin.php

    http://www.goodgifts.org/ also have loads of other gifts, along similar lines to http://www.greatgifts.org/ and Oxfam unwrapped - something for everyone! !8)


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