Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Gifts that Give Back

Today I wanted to talk to you about a few gifts that help. I enjoy giving and receiving presents but I sometimes feel that Christmas has got a bit out of hand. I feel that in some cases gifts are bought and money spent just for the sake of it. I know I am guilty of this, but today I wanted to share a few gifts that will help someone in need this Christmas time. 

After losing her mother to cancer Caroline decided to embark on a mission to raise funds for the charity her mother had supported volunteering in their charity shop, Cancer Research UK. Throughout 2015 she styled herself in 365 outfits all from cancer research uk shops and posted them to her instagram account. I followed everyday waiting to see what she would style next (If you don't know I have my own similar instagram account where I try and share my charity shop finds) and when the book finally came out I couldnt wait to get my hands on it! I love going through it and getting outfit inspiration all the while knowing that my money has gone to a good cause! 

A charity closer to home for me is the Rainbows children hospice. Opened in 1994 this hospice supports children and young people and their families during there short lives. The Beauty Kitchen are selling this duo via Holland and Barrett with 100% of the profits going directly to the charity. I think this is absolutely amazing as one of my biggest bug bears is when brands try and sell consumers a £50 tshirt with the guise of oh the proceeds go to charity when actually only a teeny percentage actually make it to the charity! 

Charity Shop Goods

Ok, I know some people dont like buying second hand and wouldn't dream of giving a second hand gift (You are missing out on a trick here as over the years I have bought my husband some amazing things) but a lot of charity shops sell brand new goods! I know in Leicester alone LOROS sell a range of homewares, Oxfam sell a huge range of products including divine chocolates and beer bread making kits and British heart foundation have a range of jewellry and accesories so go and have a look!

A monthly donation to support a charity

I currently have three monthly direct debits that go to charity. Loros, RSPCA and Battersea dogs and cats. I am never going to dictate which charities I think people should support but find a cause thats close to you. My donation to each of the charities is around £5 so out of my budget thats pretty much the equivalent of one lunch out.

Do you have anything you could add to the list? 

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