posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 07:10 AM
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GIFT IDEAS
So you know I love Christmas, it is a wonderful time to bring out our humanity as we remember Jesus and what he stood for with our hearts. Even for
those who choose to celebrate without any religious attachments, at least we can celebrate this season as a time that we can extend our good will
towards others who we love, as well as others we do not even know but would appreciate even the most modest gesture!
I would like to start with some gifting ideas under ten dollars that I have enjoyed to share upon the homeless. Its winter, they are hungry and cold,
and the biggest blessings can arrive in small packages.
My goal for years has been to spend $100 to help ten different homeless people. Have not really made it past fifty for many years, but I will continue
to make an effort. This leaves me about ten dollars per person.
- Package of white T-shirts - can usually be purchased in qty's. of 3-5 for $6-$12, and who does not like a fresh white T?
- Package of socks - anyone who is on their feet for a full work shift (retail, food service) knows how it feels to take off their socks at
the end of the day/night. The homeless don't often to get to start fresh, they will really appreciate clean socks. Can usually be found during
holiday times in qty's. up to 15 for $7-$10.
- Package of tank tops - Many weeks and months of wearing the same tops on the streets can end up torn and tattered quickly. Can be found in
packs up to 10 for $8-$15
- Hand warmers - I like to hand out a few of these with every pack of the above. a two or four pack can typically be found for under $2
- Food gift cards - Someone who is honest to God hungry is less concerned with carb counts and saturated fats and is more concerned with
calories for the dollar. I usually buy 3-5 cards from places like McDonalds, Burger King, taco Bell, Carl's Jr etc.. with $3 each
- 1 pair of shoes - you can always find a pair under $20 and as low as $12 at outlet stores like Ross, TJ Max, Bells as well as dollar stores
and of course Wal-mart
What I typically do is throw a mix mash into my shopping cart, like a couple packs of socks, shirts, tank tops, and a dozen or so and warmers and an
equal number of $3 food cards from when I am out and about. I tape an equal number of warmers to each package, throw them in my backpack, hop on my
bike and ride to where I remember seeing some less fortunate individuals. I'll offer them a choice of one package of their picking, and also let them
choose one of the food cards. I am getting another quarterly bonus in excess of $300 from Wal-Mart as an hourly worker, So I will be taking $50 from
this bonus and putting it into my charity budget. I'll do like ten dollars a check until the black Friday sales and then go shopping for this
merchandise when the deals are best.
Imagine if everyone simply pitched in $50-100 a season which can go towards helping up to ten people less fortunate. A lot of the homeless would
actually have hope as long as we speak with them positively and do good gestures like this as individuals.
Ill do another list later on how to incorporate gift cards and actual products for each family and friend as well. I just feel that other people can
take note of this tradition I have enjoyed since I was around 20 and maybe get inspired to share their own holiday traditions they like to do as
individuals or with their church for others in need.