Five meaningful that will melt any Scrooge’s heart

By Divya Amladi
Image: Oxfam

Holiday gifts for the hard to shop for that you can feel good about buying

If you’re like me, you’ve got at least one person on your holiday shopping list who is impossible to buy gifts for. For me, that person is my mom. I’ll be thinking I nailed it with the perfect gift, but the next time I see her, there’s that paper shredder or foot massager in the corner, collecting dust. 

This year, I’m considering an alternative to the soul-crushing lines at the mall. With , our symbolic giving program, I can make my purchases in a matter of minutes during my lunch break or while I’m lounging around my apartment in pajamas with my hair undone.

Our online catalog includes more than 50 gifts, from goats to emergency toilets to support for women entrepreneurs. Pick the one that speaks to you, and we’ll send a memorable gift to your loved one—and your donation will support people fighting poverty.

Here are few ways you can make a difference:

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Right now, millions of families in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are on the brink of starvation. The numbers can feel overwhelming, but it is possible to make a difference. One small but important way you can contribute is to invest in community gardens to help families grow their own food—and their incomes.

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Between Hurricanes Irma and Maria, drought in the Horn of Africa, and a declaration of famine in South Sudan, 2017 felt like a year of tragedies. In each of these instances, Oxfam has been there to provide lifesaving aid and establish long-term solutions.

With our Feed a Family gift, you can help put food on the table when a crisis hits. This gift can provide food, or vouchers and cash to buy food locally. 

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This year, the Trump administration banned refugees from certain countries from entering the United States, and for a time, suspended the entire resettlement program. The 2018 cap for refugee resettlement is the lowest it’s ever been—45,000 arrivals. 

Don’t lose heart. Your gift can help support our lifesaving work and providing emergency essentials such as clean water, hygiene kits, winter clothes, food, and shelter.

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Who doesn’t love goats? They’re cute, hardy, and make great lawnmowers. What better way to celebrate the season than to give baaaaaack to someone you care about?

A pair of by producing milk and kids. 

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Thank goodness, 2017 is finally winding down. Start the new year off right by helping someone have a better 2018. With your gift of a dozen chicks, you can help a family have a brighter future. These . 

When you buy an Oxfam Gift, we’ll send your recipient an e-card with a photo of your symbolic gift and information about how it is making a difference. Order by December 11 to send a physical card. And don’t forget, since your gift is also a donation to Oxfam, you’ll get a tax deduction!