As I work on my Christmas Shopping List I keep thinking about sharing some information with you guys… A few years ago I saw a video that CHANGED my life and the way I think about Christmas and shopping in general. The next year (last year) I saw a video that confirmed and strengthened that change… I wanted to share both of them here:
In the years since viewing the first video, I’ve been working on a system to use my Christmas spending for good… since my Christmas budget is already pretty low I’ve had to modify the idea of spending less/giving more, to spending the same/giving more.
Here’s how I’ve done it…
My sister-in-love and I have agreed to give family gifts that are experiences… they still cost, but the combined cost is less than buying each person a gift and it’s a gift that provides time together and not just more stuff to store. ;)
My other sister-in-love and I have agreed to give each other baked goods and still give gifts to the little ones.
For the rest of my loved ones I try to find gifts that they would love that help others… fair trade items, or ministry/cause supporting purchases… here are some sites I use:
And here are some that supports Ministries (I LOVE that!):
Here’s a place to search Fair Trade companies by location and product:
Another way to use Christmas Spending for Good is to shop at your regular sites through portals where an organization of your choice can receive a percentage of your purchase:
(here’s one that supports persecuted Christians http://www.spendandgive.com/release/)
Something else I’ve implemented is to request a gift that helps others when someone asks me what I want for Christmas… I personally ask for Living Water (http://www.water.cc/store/christmas-gift-cards)… my FAVORITE charity.
Some GREAT gifts to choose from that give to others:
I hope that helps you some as you do your Christmas Shopping! I can tell you I’ve REALLY enjoyed giving (and getting) gifts this way! And my loved ones seem to enjoy it, too.
♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)
P.S. If you have other sites to add to the list, please suggest them in the comment section below. :)