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How about something completely different and buying something for someone less fortunate? It’s the kind of thing that sits high on your “Good Feelings” list. We have a few suggestions and what an alternative would be listed below. Just imagine how surprised the recipients will be receiving something totally unexpected and from somebody they don’t know. Play it forward, right?

Gift: A bar of soap

Budget: £5

Why? If you rarely have the opportunity to wash, either no water OR no soap, this is the perfect gift that will help someone feel clean and as a result reduce the risk of illness.

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The equivalent of:  Sweet Snuggles Mug and Sock Gift Set, Debenhams Penguin Pen, Juggling Balls – Multi

Gift: Feed a Family

Budget: £7

Why? You will be fortunate enough to sit down to a nice Christmas dinner. Roast turkey maybe, and Yorkshire pud. This gift will enable a less fortunate family to buy some food vouchers and perhaps enjoy a Christmas meal as well.

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The equivalent of:  Pencil Case In Black, Essential Origami, Dad’s Army Tin

Gift: Feed an abandoned cat or dog

Budget: £8

Why? Animal shelters cost money to run and this small amount of money can feed a pet waiting for an owner for a month.

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The equivalent of:  Pug in a Mug Tea Infuser,  Cosy Sock Gift Box, 30-In-1 Games Selection

Gift: 30 school dinners

Budget: £9

Why? This gift provides 30 school dinners for a class in an African school. Yep, 30! Imagine the smiles on the faces of these kids after having a great meal compliments of your gift.

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The equivalent of: Rabbit Salt & Pepper Shakers, Festive Breakfast Gift Bag, Chilli Growing Kit

Gift: A Sheep

Budget: £10

Why? Women living in poverty in Ethiopia just love to sell wool at the local market. This gift is a way to help them do that and make a small income the proceeds of which then helps to feed their families..

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The equivalent of: Christmas Chocolate Gift, Bath House Prosecco Handbag Treat, Gin and tonic bracelet

Gift: A Week’s Hot Dinners for a Pensioner

Budget: £12

Why? What a great way to look after our oldies who sometimes find Christmas a difficult time of the year. This gift will provide them with a week’s worth of hot dinners and a little companionship to go with them.

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The equivalent of: Baylis & Harding La Maison Candle Set, Personalised Bike Notebook, The Economist Digital Gift Subscription

Gift: Winter Coat

Budget: £14

Why? Just keeping warm during winter will be made a whole lot easier for a child if they have a winter coat. Less chance of catching a cold.

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The equivalent of: Great British Tea Gift Bag, Prosecco Lover Gift Throw Pillows, Personalised Giraffe Drinking Glass

Gift: An hour of respite

Budget: £15

Why?  Looking after a disabled child is a full time task. You can help a family by paying for a specialist carer while they take a short but much-needed break for an hour.

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The equivalent of: Personalised Box Of Men’s Gift Socks, Homer Simpson Novelty Head Slippers, Ideal Gift Idea, Sloe Bush

Gift: Give Girls A Head Start

Budget: £17

Why? Education is so important. Knowledge is power and this gift will help a young girl to further her education and look forward to a better future. It’s all part of Oxfam’s Investing in the Future Project.

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The equivalent of:  Gifts Hugs and Kisses T-Shirt Boofle Dog, Outline Trivet, Jellycat Bashful Bluebell Bunny Medium

Gift: A Delivery Kit

Budget: £20

Why? An incedible40,000 babies die in Kenya and this gift will provide hospitals to help expectant mothers with some essential life saving equipment, including soap, towels, surgical gloves and forceps.

The equivalent of: Lancôme ‘grandiôse’ Christmas Gift Set, Cosy Hot Chocolate Gift, Glass Pineapple Jar

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This research was provided by Bindman & Co Solicitors.