A gift of a gift makes a perfect... gift

Whether it be a birthday, wedding or a holiday, gifting can present itself to be a serious dilemma. In some ways, it is a formality or an obligation, but also challenges creativity. Below are some ideas on how to get that perfect little something in lieu of a traditional gift.

My favorite source for all my gifts is globalgiving.org network. The company itself is admirable as their objective is to put collected donations to a good use, whether it be helping a community in crisis or having a positive effect on a challenged economy of the country in whole. No project is too big or small, and the best part is GlobalGiving gift card is 100% biodegradable. 100% tax-deductible. 100% guaranteed. Chances are they have a project that is a perfect fit. It can be selected either via topic (such as disaster recovery, health, environment, etc). Or simply search for a cause by the region. Even project selection wizard is available to allow you to make the most fitting choice.

Justgive.org is another creative way to find a perfect gift. Their directory serves as a hub for reputable donation organizations. The company offers a tad stronger focus on domestic and local charities and non-profit organizations, which allows for a more comprehensive selection of a project in your area.

Heifer International has a program that is catching attention world wide. As a donor you can extend your support, but not in a traditional way that one would expect. In their effort to fight hunger and poverty as well as improve the environment, the company provides actual live stock and resources to improve life style in the challenged areas. Their catalog includes items such as heifer, chicks, trees and honeybees.

I've used these companies in a past and gift recipients have always been both: surprised and pleased. Most important, it empowered us both to make a difference in the world. There are many other charity/donation hubs available with similar services, but I thought that I would highlight these three. Also, giving works both ways, and these portals can be used to create wish lists for yourself or those that you know.

Meaningful giving does not always translate to the gift certificates. For example, you can purchase a Christmas tree in a pot and replant it after the holidays. Planting a tree for an event or a person or simply supporting volunteering project in their honor will also be much appreciated.

Happy giving.

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