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Five Oxfam Gifts that will melt any Scrooge’s heart

By Divya Amladi
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Holiday gifts for the hard-to-shop-for that you can feel good about purchasing

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 Oxfam Gifts, 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 uncombed.

Our online catalog includes more than 50 gifts, from goats to emergency toilets to support for healthy babies and mothers. Pick the one that speaks to you, and we’ll send a memorable e-card or a print-you-own option that you can deliver to your loved one. You can be sure your donation will support people fighting the injustice of poverty.

Here are a few ways you can make a difference

Feed a family, $25

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Between the cyclones in Southern Africa, ongoing war in Yemen, and Amazon rainforest burning, 2019 has felt like a year of heartbreaks. 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.

Support a Refugee, $50

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This year marked two years since more than 700,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar became refugees. Faced with these staggering numbers, it’s easy to feel helpless. Don’t lose heart. Your gift can support our lifesaving work and providing emergency essentials such as clean water, hygiene kits, winter clothes, food, and shelter.

Provide books for kids, $25

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The most rewarding gift you can give is an education. Your Books for Kids gift provides primary school children in rural communities with lesson books in subjects like reading, writing, and arithmetic. By helping someone open a book, you can open a mind, too.

Send season's goatings, $100

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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 goats will support a family through tough times by producing milk and kids.

Give someone a happy new year, $45

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Start the new year off right by helping someone have a better 2020. With your gift of a dozen chicks, you can help a family have a brighter future. These chicks will produce eggs, generate income, and improve nutrition.

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. And don’t forget, since your gift is also a donation to Oxfam, you’ll get a tax deduction!

Browse more than 50 poverty-fighting gifts in the Oxfam Gifts catalog

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