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How will your gifts change lives this Christmas?

Here's why you won't regret thinking outside the box this Christmas ...

Five great reasons to give an alternative gift

Here’s why you won’t regret thinking outside the box this Christmas

You won’t have to hit the high street

It’s lovely to hand-pick a few nice pressies from the shops, but when the queues are snaking their way from the tills to the other side of haberdashery, you will be glad you stayed at home to make your purchases.

If you opt to buy an alternative gift, then all you need to do is go online, find your favourite charity and choose from an array of gifts – all at a time that suits you. Or simply give them a call.

It solves the annual socks v chocs dilemma

You promised yourself you wouldn’t buy them any more novelty socks or tubs of sweets, but when time’s running out you may opt for the easiest solution. Yet for the same price as a half decent box of chocolates, you could buy a gift that shows real thought and will benefit someone else in the process.

There’s something to suit every budget

Your gift could fund anything from a hospital renovation to a dental pack for some young African children, or a water testing kit for communities in Zimbabwe to first aid supplies for a health worker in India. Whether you have a fiver or £500 to spend, you won’t be short of very worthwhile ideas.

It will provide a little perspective amid all the jollity

It’s easy to forget that for billions of people across the world – and even in your community – their only concern on Christmas morning will be whether they’ll be able to find food, water and safe shelter. Giving or receiving an alternative gift will bring the message home and might prompt us to pray, act or give a little more.

You will make a lasting difference

Cleft lip surgery can transform a child’s life for no more than the cost of a meal out. Or that compost maker that costs no more than a stocking filler will enable farmers in Nepal to get the most out of their soil and help them to feed their families.

These are the sort of gifts that will go on changing lives long after the tinsel and fairylights have been packed away. Whose life can you change this Christmas?

Photo: Railway Children

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