Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Gifts for the Person who has Everthing

Christmas gifts.
Only 4 sleeps until Christmas - and if you are still frantically searching for the perfect gift for that someone on your list that already has everything, then take a look at these great sites where you can support a worthy cause in their name, or send a gift certificate so they can choose how they donate.

  • If you're buying for a passionate entrepreneur, you can't go past a gift certificate from Kiva, or Micro.  They can help finance a loan for hard working people in developing countries.

  • Vittana works with microfinance organisations around the world to develop student loan programmes that allow the recipients to finish their studies and get their degrees.  If your loved one is someone who truly appreciates the value of their education, or has gone back to University to advance their career, or gets a bit misty eyed remembering back to their Uni days, why not give them a Vittana Gift certificate!

  • On their website, Microfundo state that their "mission is to connect people through music & ensure that musicians earn a living from their art."  They have applied the microfinancing model to the independent music industry - and the result is a great way to support some fabulous artists from around the world.  So, if you need a great gift for a music lover who has it all, buy a them a membership at Microfundo.  As a member they will get exclusive access to hundreds of FREE live album downloads as they are produced - a ton of great new music, discounts and first access to ticket sales for live events, direct participation in creating the healthiest, most vibrant and prolific music scene you can imagine, and the satisfaction of helping artists from around the world earn a sustainable living from their art.

  • Do you know someone that appreciates practical gifts, but really doesn't need anything more themselves? Heifer International, Oxfam, and Cool Earth offer meaningful gifts of real items that people living in poverty need to change their lives for the better.
  • Need a present for a treehugger?  What better than a tree! 
    Mokugift supports the UNEP's Billion Trees Campaign - you can give a tree for only $1 and choose where in the world it will be planted.  The Nature Conservancy will plant a tree in their name in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil when you buy a gift tree from their  Plant a Billion campaign - trees are only $1 and you can choose how many you plant.  Or, you could gift them a tree (or two) in the Amazon with the 12 Trees of Christmas campaign at Cool Earth for only £1 each!

  • Not sure where their passion lies?  Send them a gift certificate from Ammado or GlobalGiving.  They can choose from a wide array of projects from all over the world.

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