5 Awesome Charitable Holiday Gifts

4 years ago

Got a loved one who has everything or is trying to declutter? I scoured the Internets for you, and here some very interesting charitable gift ideas. Of course, you can still send me real presents.


OxFam Unwrapped suggests you give manure this holiday season.

Show you give a sh*t about the planet! Only $12.


Volunteer Vacation

Send your loved one on a volunteer vacation. Since volunteers have to pay their own travel expenses, you'd be giving not only a free trip but also the satisfaction of helping out. I really liked the American Hiking Society's volunteer vacations -- you help build and maintain trails in national parks. How cool is that?

Credit Image: Dougtone on Flickr

Prices range by location and accommodations.


Train a Small Business Owner

Empower someone who need help by sponsoring an international businesswoman through Women to Women International. (Full disclosure: I have done this before and it is super cool.)

Donate any amount or sponsor a woman for $30 a month.


Help a Soldier Call Home

If they can't come home, make it easier for soldiers to call home with Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Credit Image: NYCMarines on Flickr

Can donate any amount in honor or memory of someone else.


Support Public Radio

Save thinking radio! Shop NPR in your loved nerd's name.

For instance, the reusable NPR-branded utensils are $15.

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Rita Arens authors Surrender, Dorothy and is the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep is for the Weak. She is the senior editor for BlogHer.com.