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December 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

A Gift For That Someone Who Has Everything

No pressure, but the clock is ticking. Only a few more days to prepare. Are you done with your shopping?

We’ve all probably got at least one person on our giving list who is frustratingly difficult to buy for. They just seem to have it all already and another tchotchke or gag gift just doesn’t ring genuine or particularly useful.

On the other end of the spectrum are people and organizations who need much: basics that we take for granted, assistance with necessities, medicine. What do the two of them have to do with each other? You.

Why not give that hard-to-buy-for someone a gift of charity? Make a donation to a worthy cause in their name. It’s a really special gift and is so rewarding.

Here are a few ideas:

  • At you can purchase nutrition kits, mosquito nets or malaria vaccines with a small donation.
  • At or you can search for a specific charity by name or location and give to an organization or to specific cause or project. Or you can buy a charity gift card and let the receiver choose who to give to.
  • If you want to support your local teachers, try and find specific classroom projects that you can help fund in your own or a loved one’s town.
  • Buy a goat or a chicken or even honeybees at
  • Sponsor a microloan at and give a potential small business a leg up.

These sites make it very easy to make a donation in your name or someone else’s. Using the search options , you can pinpoint the exact cause that is most meaningful to your giftee.

While there are many global charities that do wonderful work around the world, you might also consider local charities where there results of your giving are more visible to you. Your own town likely has plenty of worthy organizations. Senior Centers, food delivery programs such as Meals on Wheels, local education foundations that provide much needed school programs, homeless shelters, food banks, and pet rescue groups are just a few types of organizations that rely on donations to provide their services. And in this challenging economy, many of them are seeing a downturn in donations while the number of people relying on their services is increasing. Donating locally is good for your community.

As we all know, it is better to give than receive. So why not give and give back at the same time?

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to you and yours. May you give and receive many blessings.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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