‘Tis the season spread the love and give thanks for all our blessings… Now while it’s customary to hit the shopping malls around this time, I thought I’d do a small roundup of gifting ideas that can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking for that last minute stocking filler, or just to do something really awesome for someone in need, I’m sure there’s something on this list that’ll be perfect for you:
- Relate bracelets:
With Relate you’re not just buying a fashion accessory, you’re buying a gift that’ll help support social upliftment through various amazing charities. The Relate Bracelets Christmas Stack (R350 – available from www.relate.org.za) comes with 10 bracelets, each supporting a different charity. So in one swoop, you can support:
1. Rotary Safewater Project
2. Endangered Wildlife Trust Rhino
3. Jane Goodall Institute SA
4. Ikamva Labantu
5. Amy Biehl Foundation
6. Shine Centre
7. Reach For A Dream Foundation
8. Goodbye Malaria
9. PinkDrive (pink)
10. PinkDrive (black)
A third of the profits go towards these trusted and transparent charities, while another third goes towards Relate Bracelets’ beaders and closers, giving them upskilling and earning opportunities. The last third is used for materials, so every cent goes directly to South Africans who need support.
* You can also purchase Relate bracelets from most Woolworths stores countrywide.
- Help grow a beautiful forest
For only R150 you can support the Platbos Forest #Trees4Hope project – check out all the details over here. You’ll get a personalised certificate for being awesome and they’ll automatically enter you into their competition where you can 2 night forest getaway in their magical Honey Bee Suite. It’s a win for everybody!
- Help protect our planet by giving a recycled gift
There are a number of companies that make products from recycled materials. You can buy bags, shoes, wallets, lamps, stationery and other items from companies like Eco Friendly Gifts (www.ecofriendlygifts.co.za) or I am Green (www.iamgreen.co.za).
- Give the gift of a smile
The Smile Foundation helps countless numbers of children in South Africa born with facial conditions including cleft lip and palates, Moebius syndrome and burn victims. They offer a number of ways on their website in which you can help. You can either volunteer your time, make a donation or purchase useful gifts from their online shop like watches, umbrellas or back-up battery power packs. For more information go to www.smilefoundationsa.org.
- Or if money’s tight
Why not clear out your cupboards and donate your old clothing, etc to a local shelter or charitable organisation. Or simply donate your time by volunteering. There are so many incredible causes that can do with some extra hands over the festive season…