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16 Charitable Gift Ideas For Someone Who Has It All

Shop with these British and international charities to buy your loved ones gifts that make a difference. Because your mum doesn't need another scarf.

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1. Centrepoint works to support homeless youth across Britain.

centrepointgifts.org.uk

Their gift shop has opportunities to buy a Christmas dinner (£5) or present (£10) for a homeless youth. For £25 you can get them a counselling session; and for £1,000 you can provide a uni starter kit for a needy young student.

3. Oxfam Unwrapped has 31 different charitable gifts to buy this year, each of which support Oxfam's various international development projects.

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The gifts range from under £10 (to provide school supplies, a health check, or mosquito nets to those in need) to a £1,670 gift to help set up or maintain a school's clean drinking water supply.

5. Present Aid – a fundraising scheme for Christian Aid – offers a range of life-saving gifts to donate on your recipient's behalf.

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You can buy a maternity healthcare kit for expectant mothers in rural Kenya (£165), loroco seeds to help reduce malnutrition rates in Guatemala (£5), and a mobile volunteer doctor who visits Palestinian children with health issues whose movement is restricted by occupation. All gifts come with a card.

6. With the World Wildlife Fund you can adopt an engangered animal this Christmas.

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If you adopt a snow leopard for £3 or more per month, not only can you help fight poaching and provide compensation to farmers who have lost livestock to the big cats, but you can also get a snow leopard fluffy toy.

10. The Good Gifts website has a huge catalogue of charitable gifts on offer for all prices and interests.

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For £25 you can provide a Christmas gift hamper for a lonely old person who may not otherwise receive anything this Christmas; for £8 you can provide warm winter clothes for an Afghan orphan. If you're rich (or an excellent fundraiser) you can buy a school library in India.

Good Gifts is run by the same people (the Charities Advisory Trust) who do Card Aid, selling Christmas cards on behalf of dozens of British charities.

12. Send a Cow.

sendacow.org

Does your friend or loved one have everything they could possibly need? Well, consider sending a cow instead. Not to them – but to a struggling farming family in one of seven African nations where Send a Cow operates.

Why cows? Send a Cow's website explains: "Dairy cows are a lifeline to struggling farmers, giving them fresh, nutritious milk and income, as well as rich manure to fertilise soil."

While it costs £650 to send a cow, the charity offers smaller-ticket gifts such as chickens (£7), donkeys (£9), and goats (£32).

15. Greenpeace has plenty of, shall we say, unique gift options for the environmentalist in your life.

greenpeacegiving.org.uk

You can buy an orangutan suit for an activist protesting the destruction of rainforests, or a fake fracking rig to set up outside an MP's house (without their permission, of course.)

Oh, and you can also buy an activist a urine bottle to use the next time nature calls while they're occuping a coal ship.

Seriously, the Greepeace Gift Guide is worth a read.

16. While doing your Christmas shopping, download the Free2Work app on your smartphone, which "provides consumers with information on forced and child labor for the brands and products they love" with a simple scan of a barcode.

Of course, you can always make a gift out of donating to any charity in someone's name, even if they don't have a scheme like the gifts above.

We suggest the British housing and homelessness charity Shelter; the Mental Health Foundation – the UK's leading research, policy and service improvement charity; these local Liberian organisations working on Ebola and other health issues on the ground; the Disasters Emergency Committee's Syria Crisis Appeal or the UNHCR's Syrian refugee support fund; Partners in Health, who work to combat a wide range of diseases from ebola to HIV/AIDS to mental illness; or make GiftAid-eligible donations through a partnership between Giving What We Can and GiveWell aimed at donating the money of UK citizens to the best-performing charities in the world.

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