Happy holidays! ‘Tis the season of giving, which means people everywhere are lining up in stores and online to pick out the perfect presents for their loved ones. Whether you choose to go with the latest technology, the coziest sweater or a heartfelt homemade gift, this season is filled with presents galore for people young and old.
Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be a very challenging time for some. Whether a person can’t afford to give gifts or has no one to celebrate with, the holidays can often be lonely and even burdensome. For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in your community and help spread the holiday cheer this season. To get you started, here are five gift ideas that give back this holiday season.
1. Buy from a one-for-one company.
If you plan on buying a specific present for your loved one this holiday season, consider buying from a one-for-one company. With the one-for-one model, whenever you buy an item from the company, it will also donate an item to someone in need—essentially doubling your buying power. Not only can you give the perfect gift to your loved one, but you can also give a gift to someone else in the world. Companies such as TOMS, Bombas, SoapBox, Better World Books and more offer great gift options for you and give back to local, national or international programs for people in need.
2. Choose handcrafted presents.
For the loved one who wants something a little bit more unique or creative, choose a handcrafted present from local, national or international artisans. Fair trade businesses believe that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others. Because of this, when you buy fair trade goods created by a local artisan, you support responsible companies and empower workers from all around the world. These handcrafted presents are a great idea to give this holiday season. Not only are they unique and special, but they genuinely support the livelihood of your fellow human beings.
3. Donate in someone’s name.
Did you know you can give to an organization in someone else’s name? That’s right! If you have a loved one who is passionate about a specific charity or cause, consider giving to the organization under their name. Whether you choose local, national or international, you can tell your friend or family that what matters to them also matters to you by donating to the nonprofit’s efforts. Give the gift of charitable giving this holiday season by showing your support for a loved one’s passion through giving back to a charitable organization.
4. Give a gift to a shelter.
This season, families—and children—all across the United States will find themselves without a home, food or presents to enjoy for the holidays. If you want to give a gift that gives back, consider donating to a local shelter in your community. As the weather cools down, shelters often find themselves stretched at the seams in need of resources. To help out, try donating a gift or two. Whether you choose to give food, winter clothing or a toy for a child, you can brighten someone’s holiday season.
5. Invite someone into your home.
Finally, the holidays aren’t only a time of giving, but also a time of community. They’re the perfect occasion to invite people into your home and offer them food, warmth and a loving smile. If you know someone in your neighborhood who has nowhere to go this season and no one to celebrate with, consider taking the extra step to invite them into your home. A simple gesture like this can bring the community together, show how you care and make someone else feel genuinely loved during the holidays.
As we prepare for the holidays, it’s easy to focus on the presents you plan to give and receive. However, if you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, take the time this year to consider how you can give back during the season of giving. Start with these ideas as you give back this season to help spread holiday cheer.