It's easy to fall into the trap of giving presents you don't really want to give (and receiving presents you don't really want) at Christmas.
The solution? Giving a gift to charity instead. After all, some of the best Christmas gifts are ones that help people.
Are you struggling to think of a gift for a loved one? Donate to a charity on their behalf!
Can't think of anything to put on your Christmas list? Ask for donations to your chosen charity instead.
There are loads of local charities doing great work across Scotland. Here are a few of our favourites to give you inspiration for giving or asking for a charitable gift this year.
Refuweegee is a community-led charity that welcomes and embraces people who have been forced to flee their homes. They give new arrivals a warm welcome and some things to make them feel more at home in Scotland.
There are 3 main ways to support Refuweegee:
Scottish Wildlife Trust
With the climate crisis affecting all areas of the earth, it's important more than ever for us to safeguard our local wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is the leading charity ensuring that Scotland's wildlife is protected for the future.
They work on a variety of causes from major species and landscape projects to managing wildlife reserves.
If you've enjoyed a national park or experienced the beauty of the Scottish countryside this year, it's likely that Scottish Wildlife Trust will have had something to do with maintaining it!
You can make a single donation to the trust, or support their work by becoming a member.
The pandemic and the surging cost of living is forcing many Britons into homelessness. It’s particularly frightening to live day-to-day with a growing sense of uncertainty—especially if you’re young, vulnerable and alone.
This Christmas, thousands of young people in the UK are facing dire financial challenges and, without savings or the support of family, will become homeless.
Rock Trust is a youth homelessness charity, working tirelessly to support young people in accessing safe housing, and providing opportunities for education and employment.
Rock Trust is running a Christmas Raffle (ending on January 10th) with a chance to win prizes donated by their supporters, including a 2-night stay at The George Hotel Inveraray with breakfast and champagne!
Scottish Women's Aid
Scottish Women's Aid does incredible work to prevent domestic abuse. Their work is essential in helping young people, women, and children to live their lives freely, and have the opportunities to explore their ambitions and aspirations.
You can donate directly to Scottish Women's Aid to support their work, or even contact your local Women's Aid group to donate clothing or items to their service users.
Children 1st are also working to protect vulnerable children and families across Scotland.
They support people with services including therapy sessions for children who have experienced abuse and trauma, personalised support sessions for vulnerable families, community training sessions on how to protect and safeguard children, and much more.
There are lots of ways to get involved in their mission, including fundraising, attending Children 1st's regular events, or volunteering.
You can also support their vital work by donating in a one-off payment or committing to a monthly contribution.
Edinburgh-based homelessness charity, Social Bite, has launched its Festival of Kindness with a mission to provide 300,000 meals, gifts, and essential items to homeless and vulnerable people during this festive period.
You can buy a virtual gift online including a Christmas dinner for £5, gloves for £10, or Emergency Accommodation with Support for £21.
Alternatively, you can bring a gift to put under their Trees of Kindness located in major cities across Scotland. The gifts will be distributed to homeless people, families, and children across the nation.
Check out their Christmas wish-list online for suggestions on what to gift!
We hope you consider giving to these local charities during this festive period! Remember that if you can't donate financially this year, you can always get involved in many of these charities by giving your time, or donating unwanted items.
With all our love from the Bon Accord team this festive season xx