Becky Such, CAFOD World Gifts Coordinator, reflects on Christmas giving during the pandemic and how we might want to give differently again this year.
Christmas in 2020 really didn’t turn out how any of us wanted and we’re all hoping that this Christmas we’re free to celebrate how we want, with who we want!
Saying that, I hope that many of us hold on to our decisions from last year, trying to give more ethically and avoiding waste. More than ever we’re considering our impact on the climate and our decisions on what gifts we give are all part of that!
As I manage World Gifts, I always see them as a great gifting option, but let me highlight just how useful World Gifts are for doing your Christmas shopping, particularly if you want to avoid the crowds!
1. How can I make my gifts eco-friendly?
A lot of people, myself included, reassessed how we can be more environmentally friendly in the last year, and we’re all trying to stick to it.
All of our gift cards are printed on paper from well-managed forests and are 100% recyclable. You avoid wrapping paper altogether, and if you choose the Post Direct option you make your carbon footprint that little bit smaller since it doesn’t have to come to you first!
If that’s not enough, you can choose to print at home, or even better an ecard! This way, your loved one receives the gift, but you avoid using any paper. You can also get a green gift such as this Solar Lamp, so the climate heroes in your life get the perfect present!
2. How can I give a meaningful gift?
Last year, we saw charity collection points overflowing as people took the opportunity to have a good clear-out while they were stuck at home. If like me you did that, combined with realising you just didn’t need as much stuff in your life, a charity gift really avoids waste.
The chances are most of us don’t need yet another bottle of body moisturiser, or a pair of socks. But people living in poverty do need access to clean water, an opportunity at a proper education, and tools and training on alternative ways to farm in extreme weather conditions and more. A CAFOD World Gift does just that, and avoids giving those unwanted gifts!
3. Are World Gifts budget friendly gifts?
While the economy is starting to pick up in the UK, for many people the pandemic was devastating for their businesses and many of us are still being careful with our spending. World Gifts start from just £4, and we have lots for £10 or under. So if you’re still trying to do a secret Santa at work, or you just need to make your money go further this year, World Gifts can be a wonderful way to not spend too much.
4. How can we exchange gifts if I’m not seeing as many people this year?
We’re all hoping that we’ll be able to have a normal Christmas, but there is a chance that won’t happen. Even if it does, many of us have seen their interactions change entirely as they’ve adapted to working from home and not seeing their colleagues all the time.
But just because you won’t see someone, doesn’t mean you can’t give them a present! Select “post direct” to send a personalised message that we’ll print out in one of our beautiful gift cards and send straight to your loved one.
5. How can I send more than just a card and still support CAFOD?
First off, World Gifts isn’t just a card. The gift cards each represent very real work that CAFOD does and means that we can continue to change the lives of families living in poverty all over the world.
But I do understand that sending a card, particularly to a younger person, can feel a little underwhelming. As well as cards, we’ve got some lovely stocking fillers, including stickers, crayons and chocolate treats. If you order early enough you can even buy them a Real Advent Calendar to enjoy throughout December.
What’s more, no matter how much you order, we post everything out with free delivery in time for Christmas until 15 December. You can always top up your donation to cover our postage costs if you find yourself buying a stack of extra gifts and want to help us out.
If that hasn’t solved at least some of your Christmas shopping needs, I’m not sure what will. Good look finding your perfect World Gifts!