Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My New Favorite Websites

Looking for a meaningful holiday gift? If you're like me, you're completely tired of giving the standard gifts: baked goods, candles, picture frames, lotions, etc...

Why not give a gift that gives back? Real Simple magazine just published a feature about charity websites that allow you to purchase a gift certificate, give it to a friend or loved one, and then that person can go on the site and choose where they want the money to go. These are my two favorites:
This is a website intended for children. You can choose a gift card in the amount of $10 or more, and the recipient can return to the site to decide how the money is spent. They can choose from a number of causes, from helping vaccinate children to helping people fleeing from religious persecution and war.
This site offers 33 causes to donate to. You create a card (or choose one of their designs) to send to the recipient. Causes range from adopting a snowy owl to funding field trips to supporting senior centers.

Imagine the conversations you could have as a result of this gift! Now, if I could just convince my nephew that this is more important than a PS2 game....

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amy, you might want to check out a company called Giving Tree. They also provide charitable gift cards.

    I've already gone ahead and purchased some for my family this year. I think they'll be really pleased with them.


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