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What I would and wouldn’t buy for Christmas

We’ve heard it before – Christmas is a time for giving. But when I choose a present, I always go for the ones that would make the receiver happy and benefit others – mainly charity organizations – as well. My favorites are those which benefit children.

Here’s some of the must-haves in my Christmas shopping list:

  • UNICEF christmas cards. These cards are usually art works of children from all over the world and all proceeds go to the UN children agency, of course. UNICEF has other gift items available online as well.
  • To go with the UNICEF cards are Christmas seals from organizations such as the American Lung Association (ALA). The ALA seals have been in existence for 100 years now. You can have them now online as well add it to your Facebook profile.
  • What about retailers who work together with not-for -profit organizations? An example is the Early Bird Baby, a specialty shop catering to the special needs of preemies. The retailer will donate $10 “from the sale of every Preemie, New Baby, and Back-to-Work Gift Boxes to support the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Project”. These gifts are available online. After all, parents of preemies usually do not have time to shop on site.
  • I love to buy my kids something from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). They have online and retail shops wherein they sell the most adorable stuff toys and children’s T-shirts.
  • How about some healthy gifts for the family? I’m giving friends a CPR learning program kit this year, a product of CPR Anytime, one of the partners of the American Heart Association. There are kits for adults as well as for children.

On the other hand, I also have a No-No list. I will not buy from manufacturers and retailers who:

  • have a poor history of social responsibility
  • have a poor safety track record
  • run sweatshops in developing countries
  • are not up to environmental standards in their manufacturing practices
  • do not take animal welfare seriously

These are just a few of the things on my list. You see, I believe in social responsibility even in the things I give away.

So tell me, what are your criteria in buying your Christmas presents?

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