With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can find ourselves getting so wrapped up (no pun intended) in our Christmas shopping, that we begin to forget about the true meaning of Christmas. If you want to make a little difference this Christmas then you've come to the right place! This week, from the 11th to the 16th December, we are giving away free gift wrap with all purchases both in-store and online. This is the perfect excuse to do some ethical shopping and give back to your loved ones this Christmas! 

So without further ado, here are ten small ways you can give back this holiday season...

1. Create a care package for the homeless

Winter is a tough time for the homeless who have to endure freezing conditions. So why not create care packages to hand out in the run-up to Christmas? Items like thermal blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, hand warmers, toothbrushes and toothpaste are a good idea. You could also think about adding-perishable food items such as crackers, pretzels and nutrition bars. 

2. Clear your house and donate

Well you're gonna have to make space for all of these new presents somehow, aren't you? Clear your house of all your unwanted stuff, be it clothes, books or other household items, and give them to someone in need this Christmas. Charity shops and hospices are always looking for donations!

3. Buy charity Christmas cards/gifts

One very easy way to give back this Christmas is to buy all of your cards, and even some of your presents, from local charity shops. Not only will you bring joy to the person you're sending the card to, but 100% of the proceeds will go to charity. Win, win!

4. Send a Christmas shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of sending a simple shoebox. Gather a group of friends and turn it into a fun evening! Go shopping during the day for items to fill the boxes with, such as toys, hygiene items and school supplies, then at night have a wrapping party with Christmas songs and mulled wine.

5. Donate blood and save a life

Pretty self-explanatory. Give the best gift of all this Christmas: life!

6. Visit a nursing home

Not everyone is lucky enough to have family and friends visit them during the holidays. This can feel especially isolating at this time of year. So go visit the elderly in a nursing/care home this year and make their Christmas.

7. Hold a charity event

Ok so this one isn’t a very small way to give back, but everyone loves a good party, right?! Hold a charity event to raise money for your favourite NPO. You can invite family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers, and ask everyone to bring a gift from a list or monetary donation. What a way to get into the Christmas spirit!  

8. Buy ethical

Oops! Of course, we'd say this. If you do decide to purchase gifts this year, why not choose gifts that give back?! Here at Sancho's, we have a wide range of ethical, fair trade and sustainable Christmas gifts just waiting to be bought. And to make things even better, we are giving away free gift wrap with all purchases both in-store and online this week!

9. Donate to a food bank

We recently published a blog post all about why we support food banks and how they can make a difference! Click here to read all about that.

10. Smile

A bit of a cheesy one to end this post! One of the easiest ways to give back during Christmas time is to smile. You know what they say: a smile is contagious. Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything. So the next time you’re shopping for holiday gifts, smile at everyone you meet.