A very clever friend of mine is running a truckdrive for Christmas!  You can purchase a part of a truck to help alleviate poverty in the highlands of PNG.  Well, it’s not just for Christmas, but a windscreen wiper would make a great Christmas present if you are looking for something a little different this year.  Head over to their website for details!
I’m not a big fan of shopping centres at the best of times.  As I generally have a couple of kids in tow – it’s enough to send me running to the hills.  In fact, it may well be why I’m such a fan of handmade at the moment!

I’m also not a fan of all of the consumerism that comes with Christmas and the purchasing of token presents that in many cases the other person really doesn’t want or need.

That’s why charity gifts are ideal.  You can give a gift to someone who actually needs it on behalf of someone who might enjoy the buzz of helping someone else.

I know of a few family groups who have decided this year, instead of having the usual token kriskringle amongst the adults, to join forces and pool their resources to purchase a cow, a well or even a school!  They are great for teachers gifts also (thanks Sonia)!

This post was not written as a guilt inducer – I love Christmas and all that it entails and I love to give gifts and to receive them!!  

Sometimes it can feel a little boring just giving a charity card so sometimes we add a roll of toilet paper (with a charity gift of a toilet) or some pencils (with a charity gift of school supplies) or a plant/seeds (with a charity gift of tree seedlings).  You could give a toy truck to go with the truckdrive mentioned above. 

This year we made a few snowglobes and put inside toy chickens, lambspigs or goats (to give along with a charity gift of animals).  A fun way for the kids to get involved.  If you’d like to make some, head here for instructions. (They work well for plastic giftcards too!)

Tricia from Little Eco Footprints has written a great little post on a similar vein which also includes a list of different charities you can purchase a Christmas gift through over here.

Do you give charity gifts?  Have you ever received one and felt jibbed?

P.S. If you’d like to combine the two – a gift of a gorgeous handcrafted handbag and also donate to charity at the same time, then head over here!


A couple of weeks ago, Goose had a friend over after school and they were looking for an “activity” to do. Goose whipped out an old ‘Mister Maker’ book and they all made snow domes.

I was surprised at how easy it was!
Simply put some plasticine in the lid of a jar, stick a small toy or two firmly in the plasticine, fill jar with water and glitter and put lid back on to jar and you have your very own snow dome!
I have seen them made by adding a little glycerine as well, but ours worked well enough without it.

That very night I happened to come across this post with the idea of putting a gift card, along with a small decoration, inside a snow globe.* I thought it was a great way of snazzing up a gift that could potentially be a little boring! I am imagining too a toy goat next to a toy tree in a snow globe when giving one of these charity gifts.**

So there are now a few people receiving one of these on Christmas Day…

For more simple kids craft ideas, you might like to check out our kids craft page here.

* They did test the gift cards out after a week and they still worked, but they did suggest not to leave the gift card in the water for any longer than a week!

** If you’ve never heard of these charity gifts, you really must check them out! This year we are giving a toilet to someone…not quite sure how I’ll make that one into a snow globe yet… ADDITION DEC 2011 – We made them this year!  Check them out in this post.
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