Something that we all forget around this time of year is that Christmas isn’t about blind consumerism and having a roast on the big day, it’s not about all the presents or the movies and that banging Mariah Carey soundtrack you have in your car. Christmas is about sharing love, spreading joy and giving.
So when I began to think about my Christmas content I wanted to do something positive on my blog and inspire you to give to charity, as I will be doing too this year.
The truth is, I finished my gift buying for my family in October, and I realised that I haven’t really done much for charity this year and feel quite sad about the fact. There’s a lot of charities out there as well that I’d love to support and so I’ll be showing you how I will be supporting my charity of choice whilst hopefully inspiring you to do the same for a charity of your choice.
1. Turn your Christmas party into a fundraiser
This is my favourite idea because it’s something everyone does around this time of year and every work place hosts a Christmas party. If you’re not hosting a party of your own but you have intentions of attending some or even if your workplace is hosting a party, suggest that it gets turned into a fundraiser for a charity that means something to either the business or the person hosting it.
People can leave gifts for the charity or money if that’s preferred, and you can even get the charity involved by requesting information packs and donation pots.
2. Send a Christmas box
There’s charities out there that accept Christmas boxes, in this box you fill it up with bits and pieces that people need and want. This can be sanitary products or toys, it could be beauty products or convenient pieces that we need in our day to day lives. These boxes then get given to people who are less fortunate or in some cases they get sent to countries that are in poverty and donated out to civilians that need them.
3. Buy my Charity presets
I’m obviously going to do some self-promo and this is also where I tell you about my charity of choice this year. I’ve been working on a preset pack, inside you get two presets for a £3. All of the proceeds are going to go to Dementia UK this Christmas as it’s a charity that I hold so close to home due to the fact that my granddad suffered with the disease for years.
I won’t go on too much about buying my presets but I’ve made them so that they’re fairly neutral and can be used year-round instead of just for Christmas.
4. Donate unwanted gifts to Charity
This is literally the easiest way to donate. If on Christmas day you open some gifts and find that really, you could do without, go to your local Charity shop and donate them. I know some people like to regift or sometimes even sell their unwanted items, which fair enough, but giving them to Charity is a really easy way to get the gifts out of your hands whilst being selfless in the process.