Adopt an ocean animal, such as a seal, from Oceana, and give the recipient a cute plush toy or cookie cutter.© Oceana
One encouraging sign is that, according Lloyd, JustGive has seen an increase in donations of 8% over last year — an indication both of some economic recovery and reassurance in the power of charitable gifts.With so many charities linked through JustGive, you’re sure to find something that fits every person on your list. In other words, you don’t need to end up like the out-of-touch boss on the sitcom Friends who “rewarded” his employees with support to a ballet that they didn’t much care for. On JustGive you can make a donation to a favorite charity in someone’s name, purchase a GiveNow Charity Gift Card or choose a pre-selected gift collection, featuring four charities working on a single issue. The site also has a gift registry system.Another nonprofit charitable gift-giving service is Changing the Present, which has a database of 1,500 benefactor organizations. The site also has a fun feature called the “Stupid Gifts Hall of Shame,” which features outrageous pet outfits, hideous apparel and useless gadgets, perfect for getting you in the mood for making the holidays meaningful.
The site Charity Gift Certificates works with more than 100 nonprofit organizations. Givers choose the amount and delivery method (one option is on corn-based cards), and the recipients choose the charity. Charity Gift Certificates is run by the nonprofit Special Kids Fund.
There are literally millions of choices for greener, more meaningful gifts than the standard fare being hawked on TV. Gift portal services can help make the process as easy and fun as can be, so why not try it this season?
BRIAN CLARK HOWARD is the Home and Eco-Tips Editor of The Daily Green.