Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, there is no shortage of tempting sales on consumer goods, but if you have a greenie on your list this year, you may want to consider some alternative gift ideas being offered by charitable organizations, like A GreaterGood South Africa initiative, which has a bevy of Green gift ideas that will go on to improve lives in a nation facing environmental crisis.
Taking a lesson from the old "You can give a man a fish" adage, their charitable Web site Gifts4Good allows users to shop online for a range of gifts, from seeds for a garden project, fruit trees for a school, and even solar panels to power a home for disabled adults--gifts that will keep on giving long after today's fancy electronics are considered obsolete, and for a fraction of the price.Gifts4Good, which is part of A GreaterGood SA's "Making Christmas Matter" campaign, is based in South Africa and will go towards the nation's poor. Here are just a few of the green gifts being offered on the site:
SEEDS FOR GARDEN PROJECT: $6.75
FERTILIZE COMMUNITY GARDEN: $10.50
RECYCLING BIN FOR SCHOOL: $10.50
TWO VISITS BY A ORGANIC FARMING SPECIALIST: $67.50
SOLAR PANEL FOR DISABLED HOME: $135
WASTE RECYCLING TRAINING: $135
The website offers other gifts ideas too, like medical services, construction materials, and books--starting at just under $7. (Prices have been converted from South African currency.) Along with Gifts4Good, Seeds for Africa, and Garden Africa allow users to make donations that will help bring green to the lives of people in some of Africa's most impoverished regions.
While it has always been good to be charitable, particularly during the holiday season, Web sites that offer donation options for the environmentally conscious are a great part of a new holiday tradition, and are certain to be gifts that keep on giving.
Interested in giving green? Check out our green gift guide.