If one thing is to be true about the holiday season as an adult, it is that it is an extremely stressful time for everyone. Whether it is the pressure from your family to make every single obligation, anxiety because you have to see your family, or simply the financial stress and pressures. The thing about gift giving as an adult is that you know very well that there is a 50/50 chance of the gift receiver will let the present sit in a corner of their room for the rest of eternity, or if they will actually use it. Instead of wasting money on more unnecessary possessions this holiday season, here are gifts that contribute to the world and its people in need.
1. International Rescue Committee
How these rescue gifts work, is that you are donating an emergency package to someone in need in honor of the gift receiver. There are a variety of packages to choose from, such as clean water, safe space for children, a year of school, warm blankets and much more ranging anywhere from $21-$150. Learn more or purchase a rescue gift here.
You can buy regular gifts or gifts that give more--clean water, vaccinations for a shelter pet, etc. They have different shops that support hunger, breast cancer, animals, veterans, Alzheimers, autism, diabetes, literacy and the rainforest. Also, on certain items like coats and shoes, they'll give you a code to donate a similar item to someone in need. Click here to learn more.
They sell both new and used books. The proceeds go to many different literacy programs both domestic and international. Usually, when you look at your cart there will be a symbol next to each book describing the type of program it supports. Also, they donate books to literacy programs based on the number of books you buy. Find books here.