So it’s Black Friday. I love Black Friday. Maybe I’m the only one. But my mother and grandmother and I have always enjoyed a big shopping day on the day after Thanksgiving. When I was small we went to a wonderful downtown department store called Hess’s in Allentown, PA (sadly no longer in existence) and dined at a restaurant inside the store! I remember eating french fries and drinking vanilla cokes while very glamorous models strode by our table wearing clothes you could actually buy right there at Hess’s. My mother is so committed to Black Friday and the amazing door busters that she once waited in line at 5:30 am to get a free ten dollar gift card…in a wheelchair! She had broken her leg while hiking and insisted that my brother and I wheel her there in the freezing pre-dawn madness of late November anyway.
But I understand that we may be alone in this view. I am aware that the mall on the day after Thanksgiving can be something of a nightmare. I love to shop as much as the next gal, but I do feel that we may be going a wee bit overboard in our holiday purchasing these days. At least in my family. My mother also used to say “Well, you know, the Kennedys just write each other poems for Christmas!” Needless to say, the Kennedy kids probably weren’t really lacking for socks and underwear and Ataris so poems probably were okay by them. I thought that was a horrible idea at the time. Now, I start to wonder…
I’ve been on the quest for some gift options that won’t contribute to the stuffification of my tiny apartment and might even give a little bit back to the world. Now I’m not saying I want to get rid of Christmas presents entirely…but maybe I can pepper in a few greener, more generous, gifts as well. Want to join me?
Check out Oxfam America Unwrapped. I totally love this idea and I totally love this site. Oxfam America is an international relief and development program, dedicated to creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. Among leading humanitarian organizations, they are unique in that they are completely independent and accept no government money or money from any other sources that would compromise their ability to speak frankly about injustice. How awesome is that?
So go to Oxfam America Unwrapped, and you can buy gifts that will truly help those who need it most–and still stay within your budget! For only $12 you can contribute much needed soap to stop the spread of disease and keep a child healthy. $18 buys a pack of seeds or mosquito nets. For $20 you can contribute two school uniforms or irrigate a farmers’ fields for two months. And those are just a few of the gifts available for under $25 (the selection is really super fun and I just have to mention that I’m totally giving my brother manure for Christmas this year). When you buy a gift from Oxfam Gifts, your recipient gets a card with an image of your specific gift, and your donation profoundly affects the lives of people around the globe. Check out the Gifts in Action page on the Oxfam America Unwrapped site to see just how these donations help people in over 100 countries worldwide.
Manure for your little brother. Chicks for your favorite Chicks. Yeah, that’s something baby’s definitely gotta have.
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Oxfam America Unwrapped and received a credit for a gift on the Oxfam site.