Give some gratitude gifts this holiday season in the form of charitable non-traditional gifts and volunteering. Get the Save mailer for shopping savings.
One way to amp up your joy quotient this holiday season is to give back. Did you know? Research shows donating money or volunteering can increase your happiness levels. Charitable gifts and giving away your time in the form of service can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Some of these nontraditional gifts might even save you money while delivering value to the recipient. As you look forward to holiday festivities, consider these seven holiday giving ideas to give back in your presents and time.
For the person who has everything, consider a monetary donation to their favorite charity. This gift can help make a positive difference in someone’s life. Plus, no regifting! A charitable gift is great for the planet, too. No wrapping paper or production required.
One of the most memorable gifts you can give is a sponsorship. You can sponsor all types of beings and things, from pets and children in need to a star in the universe. Sponsorship gifts typically include a certificate and an explanation of what the sponsorship entails. Many come with regular progress updates to be appreciated for years and holidays to come.
Some brands will donate a product for every item purchased. For example, numerous sock and shoe companies will donate a free pair to a community in need with each purchase. If you know you want to buy a physical item for someone, research “give-back” companies to find a company worth supporting.
Depending on the time of year, some companies pledge to donate an amount from every purchase to a specific charity or from a rotating list. Also, nonprofits often sell merchandise and unique gifts and use the proceeds to contribute to their cause.
In addition to supporting worthy causes through your gift purchases, the holidays are also a great time to volunteer. Support your community by volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, working at a homeless shelter, or visiting a children’s hospital. Holiday volunteering is a great way to bond with your family and friends when you do it together, too.
Some families can't afford to buy presents during the holiday season. While you’re doing your regular holiday shopping, pick up a few extra gifts for a charitable holiday tree or for nonprofits that work with kids and families in need. Your gift could make a stranger’s holiday a lot brighter.
The more, the merrier when it comes to giving back. You might get more people involved, like your coworkers or book club members, by setting up a holiday drive for charity. You could collect canned foods, unwrapped toys, or even money to donate to a cause you can all get behind.
Traditional gift-giving is fun, but so is giving back with various forms of gratitude gifts. Let these holiday-giving ideas inspire you to make your season a little more festive.