We all have that one person in our life that just radiates goodness. Who always thinks of others before they think of themselves. Who balks at extravagant gifts thinking of the good that could have been done for someone in need. Yes, it can be hard to buy for a do-gooder but it can also be one of the most fulfilling gifts you buy this holiday season because it comes attached with meaning. Last year, my friend Annie from PhDinParenting shared her Top Gifts for the Philanthropist. These are all still EXCELLENT choices again in 2013. It’s possible though you exhausted that list last year, so here are this year’s Best Gifts for the Do-Gooder.
Plan Canada Gifts of Hope
This year I asked my girls to put one thing on their list for someone other than themselves. So this year we’re gifting a stack of books through Plan Canada. Books are meaningful to us and so we hope they deliver joy to others. Plan Canada has many other options though to give to your do-gooder that will fill their heart and help someone truly deserving this Christmas. You can find the catalogue for Plan Canada Gifts of Hope here.
Tradeworks 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments
I love giving people ornaments for their trees at Christmas. I find them to be very thoughtful gifts and they tend to be used year after year. I absolutely fell in love with these Tradeworks 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments for their true beauty and craftsmanship. If you’re buying for a do-gooder thought, then you’re going to love the story behind these stunning hand-crafted ornaments. Tradeworks Ornaments are made in a Women’s Workshop in British Columbia that gives women and at-risk teens training in carpentry and skills to gain employment. It’s an incredible organization and I seriously can’t say enough good things about these heirloom ornaments!
UNICEF Survival Gifts
There are so many choices when buying for your do-gooder, but a UNICEF Survival Gift is a gift that gives life. Quite literally. This year UNICEF wants to help change the conversation and so they created this new 50-second video about giving, so parents, aunts/uncles, teachers, or anyone with children in their lives can use it to start a discussion about the importance of giving-back during the holidays and beyond.
Hosting for Hope Canadian Women’s Foundation
Sometimes, just for fun, I go in to Homesense and wander the aisles senselessly. Seriously. It’s one of my favourite things to do, exploring all the new home goods that come in to the store every week. So when I saw these Hosting for Hope Gifts at the cash of my local Homesense and Winner, I thought they were absolutely perfect hostess gifts! You know who else these gifts are great for? The do-gooder of course! These Hosting for Hope gifts are priced under $20 with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Canadian Women’s Foundation.