Make a tight gift budget work wonders
(NC)—Holiday spending this year may have less to do with naughty and nice – and more to do with how much debt one is carrying. Canada's current economic climate – with record consumer debt levels – is expected to wield an impact.
Many of us are getting creative however. According to a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, 51 per cent of Canadians indicated they wished to do something “non-traditional” with their gift-giving budgets.
Nearly two in three Canadian adults claimed there is nothing that they really need for the holidays (63%) – and two in three people said they plan on donating to charity.
To help those with altruistic inclinations each year, many charities provide gift catalogues. Select an item for people in need and donate it as your gift for the holidays. Or donate it in the name of a loved one.
Charities, like World Vision, tell us that thanks to gift catalogue donations they have an abundance of stories about the impact of the gifts. Most are very practical in nature and illustrate the tangible difference the gifts have made in others' lives. For instance, a mother from Nepal, when thinking about how a goat that was gifted from a World Vision catalogue impacted her, said: “Our lives have changed and we now have a future for our children.”
Additional gift ideas are found online at www.worldvision.ca/gifts.
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