Dec days of ’Best Of’ lists - We take a look at Dec of the best ecommerce platforms to buy charity gifts this Christmas
As we gear up for the festive season, we are celebrating the Dec days of Christmas, as well as the best in digital achievement, with Dec days of ’Best Of’ lists. Covering everything related to the charity tech sector, join us every day for new ’Best Of’ lists.
With Christmas and the holidays fast approaching, last-minute shoppers might be feeling the strain of finding the right gift. While larger shops have already started marketing and communicating their holiday ideas, charity gifts should not be left out of the mix - some of the best gifts and experiences can be found online. Here we showcase some of the best e-commerce platforms for charity gifts and digital fundraising.
Everyone has that fashionista on their list who wants to move away from fast fashion. The second-hand online e-commerce platform sells high street and designer fashion wares. Depending on the value of the item, 20- 60% of the proceeds go directly to Breast Cancer Care and Make-A-Wish UK.
A powerful e-commerce fundraising site, the Giving Machine has partnered with brand name retailers John Lewis and Fortnum & Mason to digitally fundraise. By using the e-commerce site, retailers donate a percentage of spend to chosen charities including Mind, Shelter, and the Dogs Trust.
On a mission to give gifts with a difference, the founders of Charity Gifts decided to create a website to help charities raise funds digitally. Presents are available from a range of eco-friendly wares, to adopting animals - the site features gifts from well-known charities WWF, National Trust, Help for Heroes, Oxfam, the RSPB, Cancer Research, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
4.) Good Gifts
Give a gift on someone’s behalf. Gift-givers can help impoverished families raise chickens, plant crops, or simply offer lonely people some cheer. All gifts are then sent, with the ’recipient’ getting a card notifying her of the gift she has made.
Aimed at ending poverty, gifts purchased on the charity e-commerce site go directly to struggling families. All proceeds go to supporting global programmes for education, emergencies, health and livelihoods.
Offering a wide range of charity cards, gifts and decorations, digital fundraising efforts are spread across well-known charities like Age UK, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, and many more. The e-commerce platform advertises gifts from each individual charity, allowing gift-givers to select organisations to support.
For the environmentalist and animal lover, WWF offers trendy clothing and plush soft toys. Featuring animals and the charity’s branded giftware, all proceeds go directly to their conservation and preservation cause.
8.) Give as you Live
Using a different e-commerce fundraising model, Give as you Live Online offers shoppers the opportunity to donate through their usual shopping site. By going through the digital fundraising platform to shops like Boots, Argos, Asos, Amazon, chosen charities receive a percentage of funds from the retailer.
9.) Choose Love
Choosing a gift here mirrors a similar product in one of the Dec0 projects supporting refugees. Buying a blanket in-store or online means that gift-givers are providing warmth to those stranded. To date, the charity has helped over 1 million refugees through online donations, social media, and in-store fundraising.
Christian Aid’s charity gift platform raises funds for those less fortunate. Gifts range from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds. Generous gifts allow families to purchase livestock, healthcare, and mosquito nets.
11.) Oxfam Online Shop
Fundraising for their own cause, the Oxfam online shop offers gifts for men, women and children. For Christmas this year, gifting from Oxfam prevents goods from going to the landfill and helps eliminate poverty.
Traidcraft, a fair-trade only organisation with retail charity shops, also does an online shop for gifts. Ranging from a cup of tea to agricultural produce, gifts are available for those wanting to contribute to poor communities. Each gift giver can customise a card, which detailing where the donation has gone.