These 2 little words send me into a tizzy every year at this time. I never know what to buy, do, make. So I procrastinate. I can be the QUEEN of the procrastinators. Because I'm always so stressed about what to buy/do/make, I either end up spending more $ than I planned at the last minute because I can't find anything or I end up spending more time than I have at the last minute making something because I can't find anything.
Is it just me? Tell me I'm not alone in this boat! Do you do neighbor gifts, if so, what do you do?
Last year I came up with what I think is a great idea for neighbor gifts. It worked so well, I did the same thing again this year. I'm happy to say that it only took me 10 minutes to do, and I'm done!
For the 2nd year now, in lieu of neighbor gifts, our family has decided to donate to an organization called Heifer International on behalf of our neighbors. I was able to print out gift cards from the Heifer website after donating, and these are what we gave to our neighbors.
Heifer International is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock, other animals and plants as well as education in sustainable agriculture to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.
This has been such a fun thing to do with the kids. We go online to the Heifer website where they have a gift catalog
and the kids can choose which animals to 'purchase' with the money -
goats, pigs, rabbits, chicks, bees - lots of options. With each animal,
it explains how the animal can be used and why it can help a person, a
family, a village.
Heifer works on the philosophy "teach a man to fish". For example, if bees are donated, the donation includes the bees, hives, boxes, as well as training for the people on how to raise bees. The bees provide honey for the family to eat, a steady income source from selling the honey, as well as polinating plants (the Heifer site states that beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. In this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village).