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NATION BUILDER TOP TIP - Giving good gifts

Written by: diannem

Giving good gifts

The art of gift giving is one few people possess. Trying to guess what the perfect age appropriate gift is, what colour to choose, how big or small to go, or if a gift voucher is the safest option, are all variables on finds oneself considering.

To aid you in your thinking on what to give to your local NPO this Christmas, we have put together a few practical tips together with some of our Nation Builder NPO partners.

How to choose theright NPO:

1. Give to a reputable organisation with a good track record.

  1. Look for a match between your values (company/individual) and the recipient NPOs values.

  2. Choose an NPO with whom you would like to partner with in the future (or already have partnered with)

How to give a greatgift:

  1. If you’re buying toys for children in informal settlements, don’t buy a pool, bath toys or bath products e.g. Inflatable pool toys and Fancy bath salt balls that fizz in the bath, unless you have been informed that there is a pool or bath at their disposal daily.

  2. Batteries cost R70 a packet. Some people live on grants of only R70 a day and less. Toys that need batteries are not necessarily the best idea.

  3. Puzzles are fun but 500 or 1000 piece puzzles are not really feasible if you don’t have the space (a table or flat surface) to build the puzzle over a few weeks.

  4. Age appropriate toys are important. A pencil case with protractors in toddler gift boxes and toy cars in teenager boxes result in disappointment.

  5. A good quality and already inflated soccer ball is very practical and ageless.

  6. Staff/Adult gifts: a cooler box is very practical – fill it with goodies.

  7. New Stuff. Not old stuff. All teens and children would like new and working gifts for Christmas.

  8. Teens: brand name cap or T-shirt goes a long way. Anything with a brand name, even something small, will be loved.

After all this wonderful advice from the NPO sector, I trust that this will help you in your Christmas giving.

Written by Bronwen Veldman, the Marketing Co-coordinator of Nation Builder. a platform that equips business leaders with resources and a community that helps them achieve the greatest possible positive impact in our country through effective social investment: www.proudnationbuilder.co.za

Tips were provided by Meleney Kriel CEO of VIVA Foundation South Africa and Mathilda Fourie CEO of Vastfontein.




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