8 Ways to Give More This Festive Season

There are so many ways to give, and no better than from the heart. Here are some other ways to spread cheer and love you during the festive season.

Updated on December 18, 2018 14:12 pm

Alexa Lim Xiangyun

Ways to Give More This Festive Season

The jolly holiday season doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing things you don’t really need, or excessive debauchery. Instead of stressing yourself out by joining the Christmas shopping crowds or flooding your credit card bill with gift purchases that people might never use, why not look at these ways to celebrate the spirit of giving―whether it’s to the environment, those in need or people around you whom you don’t usually interact with?

1. Pick a charity and tell all your friends in lieu of gifts, you will be donating to this charity.

Gift them the joy of contributing to their charity of choice and the knowledge that they’re able to help in some little way. This also takes away the stress of shopping for suitable gifts on your end―an absolutely wonderful way to kill two birds with one stone.

2. Reuse old materials for Christmas decor and gift wrapping

Know why this is such a great idea? Not only is it environmentally-friendly, it’s also a superb way to spend time with your family on weekends and during the school holidays.

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3. Reuse old glass jars for Christmas gifts.

We’ve made it easy for you. Read how you can remove glass jar labels, and use them as jar gifts. We’ve even done up the labels for you, so all you have to do is print and cut them! Or you can use them for Bacon Jam (for yourself, of course)!

4. Shop local

Why buy local? Sometimes it’s cheaper to get distantly produced goods, especially those manufactured in bulk, but if one takes into account the repercussions transport has on the environment, the cost may be higher despite the lower pricing. Besides being a greener alternative, shopping local supports our community and helps it grow in terms of quality and quantity.

5. Donate.

Although there is no timeframe needed for donations, it might be easier to do it now as volunteerism efforts make it more accessible―for example, it’s hard not to recognise the constant jingle of Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettling as volunteers help out in fundraising at various malls throughout the island. There are many local and global organisation pledging for different causes, and no matter which one is closest to your heart, there is always a way to contribute.

6. Spread some Christmas cheer.

Bake cookies, buy some hot meals, and distribute them to your neighbours or the needy. You could also spend time with the needy community, such as elderly who stay alone in one-room flats, and spread the festive spirit around.

7. Visit animals shelters.

There are more abandoned animals than we can see, and they’re often kept in shelters that nurse them back to health and find foster parents as well as permanent adopters. How can you help? Organisations such as Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) and Three Legs Good are always in need for kind donations as they are run entirely by volunteers who have day jobs.

8. Write “Thank You” notes.

We may not show enough appreciation for our loved ones in our everyday lives, so why so take this chance to write thank you notes for them? Take the time to write one for yourself and to living too, and remember all the beautiful things around us!

Know of more ways we can give more during this festive season? Share it with us by leaving a comment, or leaving a message on our Facebook!

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