It's that time of the year again when most of us are reluctantly starting to think about Christmas, or more accurately, Christmas shopping.
I'm sure that everybody has people who are difficult to shop for on their Christmas list. There are also people who we feel that we are obliged to buy presents for even though they probably don't need whatever it is we are going to end up buying for them.
Personally, I don't need all the booze that gets given to me during the Christmas season. I couldn't possibly drink it all. I also am the proud owner of two nose hair trimmers. I suppose that I'm set for life in that department as well.
One Christmas idea that I have really made use of over the last few years is the World Vision Gift Catalogue. I really like the idea because these gifts are valued well beyond anything I could imagine on my own.
You simply select a gift from the catalogue and a family in need will be given the actual gift in honour of the person you are buying it for. You can simply inform the intended recipient that this gift has been given on their behalf through an e-card or a gretting card that is provided. (Go with the greeting card, it is Christmas after all).
The thought behind the gift will count for a lot, so there are different categories and price ranges that you can select for. You can tailor your gift to the person you are buying in honour of. I have several teachers who are acquaintances of mine, so I would select gifts from the "education" category for them.
The categories are;
Perhaps a business person might enjoy something from the business category, or someone in the medical field would enjoy something from the health care category. You get the idea, no need to beat you over the head with it.
The link to the gift catalogue in this blog post is for Canadians. World Vision U.S.A. has its own website, so any Americans interested in this concept can go to the World Vision U.S.A. website.
I know it's a little early to start blabbering about Christmas, however, this sort of thing requires a bit of thought and planning, so I thought I'd get this out there a little earlier than usual.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s love to serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.