There has never been a wider range of choices when it comes to buying charity gifts, Buying charity gifts has become a popular way of supporting charities and those affected by poverty, injustice and disease. Established charities like Christian Aid, Oxfam, Practical Action, CAFOD, Save the Children, World Vision and Action Aid have all had their own charity gifts schemes, where you can buy a charity gift, for some years now. But now there is more choice than ever.
When you buy a charity gift it gives twice – to your friend, family member or loved, and to some of the world’s poorest, most disadvantaged people.
You can buy charity gifts in all shapes and sizes, and they are often tailored to meet the specific needs of particular communities. For example, you can buy a charity gift for everything from chickens, school desks, and storm-proof houses, to community shops, wells and midwives. You can even buy a community the gift of a fruit tree nursery or a disaster recovery pack.
Christian Aid’s charity gift scheme, Present Aid – works in around 50 different countries to improve quality of life, and tackle the root causes of injustice. You can buy a wide variety of charity gifts on the website, all of which can be viewed by price or recipient category, making it easy to buy a charity gift you can afford.
Oxfam Each year Oxfam’s buy a charity gift scheme, Oxfam Unwrapped (‘Give a Different Gift’) research what the greatest needs of the world’s developing countries are, whether they be humanitarian, advocacy or educational. You can then search under categories such as Animal Lovers, Bookworms, DIYers, Eco-Warriors and Foodies, and buy a charity gift to suit your own and the needs of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
Practical Presents Why not buy a charity gift from Practical Presents, the charity gift scheme run by Practical Action? The wide and distinctive range of practical charity gifts to buy reflects the needs of real people on the ground, who also help to shape the resources and technology that Practical Action provide.
CAFOD When you buy a charity gift from CAFOD World Gifts, the Catholic Aid agency, you are helping to replenish one of five funds designated for specific development purposes. CAFOD work with some of the world’s poorest communities, regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality, listening to their needs, and supporting and equipping them in their own fight to beat poverty.
Save the ChildrenWish List is the charity gift scheme run by Save the Children, and unlike some schemes, the actual charity gift you buy from them goes to a child or family in one of the poorest places in the world. When you buy a Wish List charity gift, it may also go to a child or family in the UK. Save the Children are passionately committed to easing the plight of suffering children as quickly and effectively as possible, and focus on promoting health, eradicating hunger, and ensuring freedom and protection.
World Vision Must Have Gifts – one of the UK’s first charity gift schemes – supports the work World Vision does as one of the world’s leading relief and development agencies. World Vision’s dedicated staff work with local community leaders to identify key needs, so you can be sure the charity gift you buy is going where it is most needed.
Action Aid’s appropriately named charity gift scheme, Gifts in Action, seeks to ‘wrap up poverty’ by providing for poor people the resources and facilities that most consider basic human rights. Whichever charity gift you buym whether you buy a goat breeding scheme, or professional midwife or teacher training, Action Aid promise that the charity gift you buy will go where it is most needed.
In each case it is very quick and easy to buy a charity gift. All you do is visit the web site, buy a charity gift that suits your needs, and then choose a card with a personal message to send to your loved one on whose behalf you are buying the charity gift.