Christmas shopping each year can usually cost a small fortune for all of us. Who can remember what they got everyone last year, or even what you yourself got? Sometimes it seems that we buy gifts for the sake of it, to almost tick that person off. What if we put more thought into not only what we get people but how we can use that purchase for the greater good.
For us Christmas is about being with family and sharing the love. There is of course a lot of joy to be had in spoiling our loved ones and giving them gifts that they’ll cherish. We’ve put together some suggestions for alternatives to your Christmas shopping that will make a real difference this holiday season.
Local Boom wanted to change shopping habits altogether. They saw an opportunity for all of us to do good with our purchases and help support the local community as we shop.
A shopping site built solely on the unique organic, natural and quirky products from a range of local entrepreneurs, there is lots to choose from.
We love Five + Pines multipurpose cloths which you can wash and re-use. No more need for those throwaway wipes. Try out the unique soap scents from epic blend made with all natural ingredients. Are new briefs always on your Christmas list? Purchase a pair of Sock n Sacks and a pair gets donated to shelters across Canada.
‘Your shopping dollar is a powerful tool that can be used for genuine, positive and life changing purposes’.
The company also make various donations to support the local community and have so far supported East side women's shelter,Wings of Providence women's shelter, and Calgary Food bank.
For anyone who loves the cutest sweatshirts, pjs, hats, tees - ok all of the clothes, we love ivory ella for its cute designs and for making a real difference with every purchase.
They donate 10% of their annual profits each year to protect elephants from poaching. There is no better time to shop with this brand with the recent reversal on the import of elephant ivory into the states.
Better still, this winter buy one of their cute beanie hats and they supply a child in need with a coat to keep them warm this winter. The perfect place to tick off those Christmas shopping purchases and share the real gift with your loved ones - that they have helped make a difference.
We love weartogiv, a fashion booking site, for those stylish right on trend, Christmas gifts. The best part is that you get to support the charity of your choice whilst making your purchases. The company asks its customers to get in touch with information on their chosen charity and choose a 2 week period to fundraise. You can then do your guilt free shopping and encourage friends and family to do the same, with 20% of funds going towards your cause.
The perfect site for feel good Christmas shopping.
Socks! The easy present for everyone, fills every stocking and lets face it, who doesn't need socks. With Conscious Step you make a simple gift special as every pair purchased supports one of multiple charities.
Shop through their quirky designs as you choose the cause you want to support from fighting hunger, protecting oceans, educating children, providing water, treating HIV and planting trees.
Each pair of socks costs $15 or purchase a gift set of 3 for $45.
Better World Books
A common Christmas purchase for our loved ones is of course, books! With prices that beat or match the competition, Better World Books is the ideal book shopping site as every book purchased equals one book donated to someone in need.
So far, the company has converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education. They have also donated 21 million books to partner programs, Books for Africa, Room to Read, and the National Center for Families Learning.
We had to mention ourselves of course! We all have those family members or friends that are really tough to buy for. Its usually because they just don’t need anything or perhaps they’re just really fussy. Why waste money on products that they won’t use? What better gift than the gift of travel booking your hotel with Wander? Better yet, what better gift than the gift of changing the lives of those in need.
Surprise a loved one with a hotel break in one of our 400,000+ hotels in over 47,000 destinations and let them know how their gift has supported an amazing cause.
Donate to one of our charities
For those who say they don’t need anything for Christmas, perhaps just listen to them! Why not make a donation in their name instead to a worthy charity that will really make a difference. Of course this goes for ourselves too, does anyone else have that relative who refuses to buy you nothing? So many of us end up with a new perfume that we’ll never use or a colourful knitwear we’ll dig out for when they’re coming round for a visit.
Instead, send them a link to a cause you’d love them to donate to in your name. Here’s some of our favourites:
Vitamin Angels provides vital life saving vitamins around the world to women and children suffering from malnutrition
WWF Canada give you the chance to adopt an animal and choose gifts that mean the world
Care Canada works to fight global poverty. Make a difference with your donation today.