I have a foster child through Plan Canada, and this year I gave a few meaningful gifts from their Gifts of Hope store. INSTANT gifts that can be given just in time for CHRISTMAS as a beautiful email is fired off to let the bearer of the gift know what you have done in their honour.
Send a gift of Art and Play Therapy in Haiti to those children left orphaned, scared and injured by the earthquakes. For children without the words to express what they've lived through, this gives them a chance to work through the horror they've survived and the dreams they hold for their future.
There are many more gifts of hope to choose from...
http://www.kiva.org Is a great place to give a gift this season, by supporting micro loans..
Humanitarian Gift Cards, by Global Hope Network International (GHNI). They're really fun -- you give them, and your recipients get to spend them choosing sustainable "Hope Gifts" for poor villages worldwide!
Use the Discount Code BLOGFROG when you buy 5 or more, and we throw in an extra $10 Gift Card for free! The GHNI Gift Card store: http://ghni.myshopify.com check out this video:
Another great place to check out some gifts of hope is the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
There are countless more... think about it for your last minute gift giving... or a New Year's present.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! 'tis the season for giving, gifts from the heart, are the best to give :)