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    Default Charity donations instead of gifts???

    I have been trying to figure out what to get family members for Christmas this year and I don't want to give crappy gifts that are a waste of money but everyone pretty much has what they need ! What are people's thoughts on donations to charity in lieu of giving gifts? We lost a family member earlier this year on one side of the family and thought perhaps donations to the cancer council instead and on the other side of the family maybe a charity that does something in the field of child medical research as we almost lost our son during childbirth this year. Would it make a happy time sad or is it nice to do this? Personally , I would be very happy to have a charity donation given to me instead of gifts. Thoughts????

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    I think that is a lovely idea. I think lots of people would love this idea too.

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    Is that what your family would want though???? We were given a charity donation in our name to a child cancer group the year we had our first baby- we felt a bit bitter as we were as poor as church mice and hadn't been able to buy each other gifts so the only gift we got was a donation to someone else was a bit disappointing.

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    I wouldn't give it to someone I knew was struggling financially , that's just horrible. We are all lucky to be quite comfortable financially. If I could think of things they needed I would get them but last year I was at such a loss they got tea towels and chocolate.... Want something with a bit more meaning this year !

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    It sounds like a nice gesture but it just doesn't sit well with me. Giving is about making the receiver feel good not the gift giver.

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    If I can't think of a materialistic item a movie voucher, massage or dinner voucher seems to suit most people who have it all (belongings wise that is)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meags82 View Post
    Is that what your family would want though???? We were given a charity donation in our name to a child cancer group the year we had our first baby- we felt a bit bitter as we were as poor as church mice and hadn't been able to buy each other gifts so the only gift we got was a donation to someone else was a bit disappointing.
    That's strange! From your family? I'd never do that to someone who was struggling financially.

    I would 100% appreciate a donation to something close to my heart, eg my grandmother died of breast cancer so a donation to the cancer council would touch my heart.

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    We do this in our family. Fantastic idea I think

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    I don't like it. I'm happy not to receive a present but I don't want something given to a charity in my name where I've had no say - it might not be a charity I support.
    We did have a mothers' group Christmas party where we all pooled money to donate to charity rather than giving the kids presents at the party since we figured they wouldn't know and would get lots of presents later anyway.

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    I think it's a lovely idea.


 

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