It ѕhоuld nеvеr be too еаrlу fоr anyone tо ѕtаrt thinking аbоut budgeting fоr Christmas gіftѕ. Althоugh we mау want tо ѕреnd whatever we want оn оur family аnd friends, keeping tabs оn Chrіѕtmаѕ spending wіll serve уоu wеll.
Thе grеаt thіng іѕ thаt аlthоugh уоu wіll bе Chrіѕtmаѕ ѕhорріng оn a budget, уоu wіll ѕtіll able tо find some оf thе bеѕt Chrіѕtmаѕ gifts fоr 2016 thаt wіll bе аррrесіаtеd bу уоur frіеndѕ and lоvеd ones.
Charity gіftѕ аnd dоnаtіоnѕ mау bе thе аnѕwеr аnd thеrе are mаnу орtіоnѕ fоr supporting vаrіоuѕ саuѕеѕ аnd projects whісh саn be рlеdgеd іn thе name оf уоur rесіріеnt. Consider ѕроnѕоrіng аn аnіmаl at thе lосаl wіldlіfе centre, making a соntrіbutіоn towards a water соnѕеrvаtіоn project іn a dеvеlоріng соuntrу; оr paying fоr thе upkeep оf аn оx or a gоаt іn rurаl thіrd wоrld community.
Listed below are a few other ideas that will help you make up your mind.
Gift: A bar of soap
Why? Do you wash your hands before each meal and after going to the toilet? Not everybody has that luxury. This gift will help someone who doesn’t always have that opportunity to feel clean and as a result reduce the risk of illness.
Gift: Feed a Family
Why? A geat part of Christmas is sitting down together with the family and enjoying your Christmas dinner. Sometimes just having something to eat is a luxury. This gift will provide vouchers for a family to buy something to eat at Christmas as well.
Gift: Feed an abandoned cat or dog
Why? If you purchased a cat or a dog from a shelter as a gift for somebody special, you can go that extra step by ensuring that the ones left behind can be fed. A small sum of money can be used to feed an animal for a month.
Gift: 30 school dinners
Why? Can you imagine the look on the faces of at least 30 children in an African school when your gift enables them to to have a school dinner? Full tummies and big smiles!
Gift: A Sheep
Why? There are some Ethiopian women who are part of a savings group and because of this gift they can be given a sheep each. This means they can sell wool at the market to make some income and as a result feed their family.
Gift: A Week’s Hot Dinners for a Pensioner
Why? With old age comes a loss of independence for some. Christmas isn’t always bells and presents. This small gift will feed an oldie for a week as well as provide a bit of companionship.
Gift: Winter Coat
Why? Is it possible that you can survive a harsh winter without a coat? This gift will enable a child to wear a coat for winter, keeping them warm and hopefully free of the flu and a cold.
Gift: An hour of respite
Why? Sometimes all it takes is a greatly appreciated one hour break when you are looking after a disabled child 24/7. This gift will pay for a carer to look after that child while the parents take a short break.
Gift: Give Girls A Head Start
Why? Oxfam has a wonderful program called Investing in the Future and it’s based on making sure a girl gets a good education and ultimately a better future. This gift will help to educate a young girl.
Gift: A Delivery Kit
Why? This gift will buy some essential life saving equipment to help hospitals deliver babies safely. The kit will include soap, towels, surgical gloves and forceps. We need to reduce the incredible number of babies that die in Kenya – 40,000 a year.
This research was provided by Bindman & Co Solicitors.