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Put a gift under someone else’s tree

Many families struggle financially at Christmas. So why not organise a shopping trip with your children to buy a gift for a stranger this festive season.

November 12, 2020
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Talk to your kids before you go shopping. A good guide is to get them to choose a gift for a child the same age as they are. Ask them to think about what sort of thing they might like and why. This gives your child a chance to think about others during the festive season.

Here are some hints for buying a gift:

  • Books
  • Sporting equipment
  • Art & craft supplies
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Soft toys
  • Building blocks

Giving to strangers benefits everyone:

  • It is helping someone else who has less
  • The person gifting feels happier
  • Helping others is contagious
  • Giving promotes kindness & social connection

6 more ways to show your children how they can make a difference to others at Christmas.

  • Make cards with your kids and give them to your neighbours.
  • Sponsor a child – there are many charities both here and overseas.
  • Have a baking session with your kids and deliver some goodies to people in your street.
  • Make a charity donation in the name of a family member as a Christmas gift.
  • Volunteer with a charity over the festive season.
  • Invite a neighbour who is alone at Christmas to join you for lunch.

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