I think that giving others gifts is a nice way to show people that you care- and it is fun to be creative with how you do that, especially if you have trouble coming up with gifts for people year after year! If you are having trouble finding someone just the right gift, if you are feeling the time crunch or you want to do something a little different this year, below are some alternative ways that you can be generous.
- International Justice Mission- You can give gifts of hope, rescue, transformation, restoration for orphans, widows, former slaves and those who have been trafficked.
- Heifer International- You can gift animals (flocks of chicks, llamas, goats, etc) to families and children to help provide for them, while also helping them to learn self-reliance.
- Kiva- Giving a Kiva gift certificate provides someone with the opportunity to help alleviate poverty through microfinance projects. Read more about it here.
- Good Old Fashioned Donations!! You can simply donate money in someone's name to an organization that is important to you- National Eating Disorders Association, Compassion International, Girls on the Run, .. there are soo many out there to choose from.
Speaking of generosity, here is another idea for you in light of the holidays (or anytime of the year)- anonymously donating to strangers, like this sweet little story. Happy giving! :)