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Last year you promised not yourself you wouldn’t buy another reindeer sweater, fruitcake or a gift-pack of international cheese food products for friends and family this year. Instead, you said you wanted to give unique gifts that truly inspire the spirit of the season, and keep on giving the other 364 days of the year. Well you’re in luck. Check these ideas out for those lucky people on your gift list.
The Wine Lover
One Hope Wine donates half of its profits to charities such as the Fight Against Breast Cancer, Fight Against Autism, Children’s Hospitals, Supporting the Troops and charities of your choice. Not sure which wine to buy? Choose a gift card instead. From $10.
Make a donation in the name of the recipient to Charitywater, a non-profit that helps provide clean drinking water to impoverished countries and send the news to the recipient on one of their personalized gift cards. Just $20 helps provide clean drinking water to one person for 20 years. Every penny you donate goes directly to water projects.
The Chocolate Connoisseur
If your gift recipient is a chocoholic, consider Gourmet Brownies from Greyston Bakery starting at $18. Greystone brownies are special. Not only are they baked with 100 percent all-natural ingredients, no preservatives, and a lot of love, but, they provide affordable childcare for the local community, affordable housing for homeless and low-income families, and affordable health care for persons with HIV.
Selecting a unique gift for a cherished someone is easy with Oxfam America’s online gift guide. Choose your gift from the gift catalog -- there are more than 70 to choose from starting at $12: a dozen chicks, tools, a can of worms, a camel, planting a garden or children’s art supplies. Then you’ll receive a free card with the image of your specific charitable gift to personalize online and have it sent directly to your friend or loved one, or have the card delivered to you to write your own heartfelt message.