Combining Gift Giving with Charitable Donations

Is it getting to that point in the season when you're feeling the pressure, the stores are getting crowded, and you're out of inspiring ideas? Why not forget about the "stuff" and give to those who are truly in real need? We rounded up a few resources to point you in the right direction...

And...the best part is, you don't need to leave the house. Just go online, make your donation and you're done. Some of the organizations will send a card to your gift recipient, or you can even have it sent via email.

If you don't need any gifts, how about just choosing something from a catalog together as a family and starting a new tradition. Even just taking a moment as a family to realize that others are in need of something as basic as water or food- not cashmere gloves or toys- is a great way to step back and be grateful for all you already have.

"Dollars That Turn Into Bees, and Other Gifts Given Twice": A NY Times article with lots of links to organizations that let you combine charitable giving and gift-giving.

World Vision Gift Catalog: This is one of our personal favorites. You can choose from different categories. You might give a child an education for $32 or two chicks for $25.

Operation Smile: How about giving life-changing surgery to a child for $240? Your family can invest in a smile- rather than more "stuff".

Samaritan's Purse: This is another catalog similar to World Vision- feed a hungry baby for one week with just $9.

Of course, there are many, many great charities out there, so sit down and decide as a family where you'd like to give this year!

Image: Samaritan's Purse

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