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10 Ideas On How To Give Back This Christmas

10 Ideas On How To Give Back This Christmas

In the midst of all the celebrations and stresses, it can be easy to forget about the wider community. If you’re wanting to help out, it can be hard to know what you can do, so today’s post is focused on giving you some ideas. Not all of these things cost money, as I know not everyone is in a financial position where that’s possible. Some are cheap or free ideas you can give back to the community.

Donate to a cause close to your heart.

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Is there a cause near to your heart? Perhaps you have personal experience of mental illness or a loved one who suffers/suffered from cancer. Donating a small (or larger amount) is an easy way to give back. Most donations can be done online and you can give as little or as much as you want.

Volunteer in a soup kitchen.

soup kitchen

Are there any churches or community centres near you that are hosting Christmas dinner? If you have time, volunteering is a way to give back that doesn’t cost any money. So many people use these resources over the festive period and I’m sure they’d be grateful to see a friendly face on what might be a very lonely day for them.

Give out care packages to the homeless.


Plenty of places organise giving out packs to the homeless. If you don’t have the time to go out yourself, you can also donate items (such as toiletries, blankets etc). For more information, you can visit this site here. 

Donate to a food bank.

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One thing we try to do every year is clear out our cupboards and donate any food we don’t want to a food bank. In the past, I’ve had to use one and I will be forever grateful for the work they do. If you have the funds there are also often food bank donation points in supermarkets.

Donate presents to children.

tree presents

Often, donation stories popping up in the run-up to Christmas. I know our town did one this year where they collected together toys and gifts for children in need. They the donated them so they at least have something to open on Christmas morning. For more information, The Salvation Army is a great place to start.

Keep the smaller, cheaper gifts from Santa.

santa workshop

This is something so simple but can have a huge impact. Instead of having the more expensive gifts from Santa have him bring a smaller, cheaper gift instead. Hopefully, it could be your child that might make another less fortunate child feel less alone.

Buy charity Christmas cards.

christmas cards with polar bear and northern lights with gold tinsel

Every year when I buy a pack of Christmas cards I try to buy a pack where some of the profits go to charity. It’s a small way to give back and something you’ll probably do anyway.

Shop with small businesses.

happy pills, little jar of courage with hanging decorations 'you matter' and 'hope'

This is another easy way to give back. I always try to buy my stocking fillers from sellers on Etsy. Also, if there are any independent shops where you live it’s worth looking in them too. The items are normally good quality and you’d be supporting a small business.

Thank the emergency services.

police car

Whilst people are enjoying their Christmas Day, many people who work in emergency services will be keeping us safe and healthy this Christmas. Just a simple thank you is a free way to give back. You can also drop in cards or chocolate if you want to go that extra step.

Visit a lonely neighbour.

Elderly man's hands resting on a walking stick

So many people will be spending Christmas alone and just popping in on someone can make all the difference. If you’d like more ideas on how to help someone who’s lonely you can check out my post here.

What other ways could someone give back this Christmas?


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Dealing With Christmas Money Guilt + Tips

Welcome to Blogmas day 18. It’s now officially 6 days until Christmas. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m super excited! Today I’m here to talk about another topic revolving around Christmas time – Christmas money/gift guilt. Christmas can be an expensive time and it seems once you’ve sorted out one expense, another one creeps up on you. Sadly, society has taught us that spending money and buying loads of gifts is the sole purpose of Christmas. The adverts, social media and shops all try to ram home that it’s all about gifts, gifts, gifts – and when you don’t have a lot of money that can cause a lot of pressure, upset and worry. Today I’m going to be suggesting some tips that may help you feel less guilty about not being able to buy many gifts this year..

Make your own gifts.

Check out Pinterest – it has some fabulous ideas about what you could make for Christmas gifts. Many projects don’t need a lot of materials or artistic skill, and it adds a lovely, personal touch that your loved one will love. Knowing that you’ve put the time and effort into something can mean the world to someone – I know it does for me.

Set gift buying boundaries.

This could include things like only buying for immediate family or children, setting strict budgets or implementing gift ‘rules’. I know some families have the mutual agreement to only buy for the kids. If your family doesn’t have any agreements like that then try talking to them and see where everyone else stands. You can also set yourself strict budgets so when choosing a gift you know how much money you have available to spend on each individual person. There are also gift ‘rules’ you could stick to. One I’ve seen around a lot lately is the ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read’, and I’m sure there will be lots more out there too.

If you can’t afford to buy your children gifts, consider looking into a charity.

I’ve seen so many charities collect donations before distributing them to families in need. If you can’t afford presents that’s nothing to be ashamed of and there are people out there who will and can help. We all go through tough times and sometimes we all need a hand to help guide us into the light. It’s OK to ask for help if you’re struggling, it doesn’t make you a bad parent.

Remember the reasons why Christmas is celebrated.

The real message of Christmas is not about giving gifts. It’s about celebrating and spending time together as a family. Don’t drive yourself into the ground trying to buy gifts for every man and his dog. It’s so easy to get swept up in the pressure whirlwind of buying Christmas presents, but always try to remember the real reasons why we celebrate.

Try not to compare your Christmas to others.

This is easier said than done, but scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram feed and feeling insane jealously and longing over other peoples Christmases is a surefire way to make yourself miserable. Some parents may seem to overbuy for their child, however, it’s important to remember they have a right not to be judged, just like someone who can’t or doesn’t buy their child tons of Christmas gifts. Everyone’s Christmases look different and comparing yours to someone else’s is one of the worst things you could do.

How do you deal with the pressure of Christmas?