This post could otherwise be called "When someone famous beats you to it..."
I promise I had this in the works before this post by Rachel Held Evans, a speaker and writer I've really come to admire in the last few months. If you follow her blog, I'm pretty sure you know she'll blow this poor attempt out of the water, so be watching there for more ideas.
This is not a wish-list, although some of these items are things I WOULD love.
But, I've already told you all I want from you for MY birthday
(Have I already mentioned that there is a 5K this Saturday? AND that our family will be participating? AND that you can help me celebrate my birthday?? ...just checking.)
Nope. This actually is all about gifts for others.
Christmas is approaching.
If you weren't aware, every store in town is making sure you know.
I'm pretty sure they started the "spirit" around the 4th of July this year. CRAZY I tell ya, just crazy. But, for a few people I shop for, its good to have some extra time to be thinking about the gift. I'm sure you have them in your life, too...the ones who have EVERYTHING. They either have everything because when the newest something-or-other that they like comes out, they buy it. OR they have everything because when the newest something-or-other comes out they really couldn't care less. Either way, in their minds (and mine) they have everything.
So, what to do?
This year, I've already been thinking about this and I need your help with the details. I LOVE the idea of gifts that give more than just what is wrapped under the tree. The gifts that pay something forward to someone else. The gifts that help those who truly don't have everything- maybe even those who have nothing. This doesn't mean that your gift receiver doesn't get anything, it just means that for what you spend on the gift, someone else (who really needs it) benefits as well.
Here are a few examples:
an obvious one:
one that I've blogged about before:
a brand new one to me:
Simply put, the mission statement reads:
"Hello Somebody exists to feed and educate children, by providing an avenue of knowledge, in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger within their generation"
I can definitely get on board with that...and with cool products like these watches it makes a great gift, too.
I'm not necessarily advocating all of these organizations. Some I know and love deeply based on the hearts of those at the lead, some I'm only just learning about. The point is this: This Christmas, look for gifts that give more. Look for gifts that make a difference. They are out there. What have you found? I'd love some other ideas!