It’s officially December, folks. It’s now getting extra tricky to put off those present-buying plans. But if you’re like us, you’re finding it a bit difficult to find that perfectly unique gift for that special someone. So why not ditch the department stores and browse a few crowdsourced campaigns that need some extra dollars to make awesome things happen? No need to do any sleuthing — we’ve got our holiday-themed faves right here for your viewing pleasure.
1. Minimal Nativity Scene: Forget the plastic sheep. This modern nativity scene is a contemporary take on some classic Christmas decor. Made from beech wood, this nativity set is virtually indestructible, making it a great gift idea for anyone with kiddos.
2. Christmas Dinner for Puppies and Kittens: For all those cat and dog lovers with no room at the inn for another furry friend, this fundraiser will provide a Christmas meal in their name for all the animals of the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society.
3. Vinyl Record by The Silver Bells: Your fave Christmas band has returned with an eight-song album of original tunes. If you help fund them, you can make the recording happen and spread beautiful holiday music and cheer.
4. Share The Warmth: If your friend has a closet overflowing with scarves, switch things up this year and gift the funds to have 100 hand-knitted scarves made and donated to patients undergoing cancer treatment. She’ll appreciate “sharing the warmth” with those in need.
5. Elf Lite Christmas Ornament: Give the gift of technology to your favorite accident-prone person with this remote controlled ornament that switches your Christmas tree lights on and off with the push of a button — they’ll never yank the light cords out of an outlet again.
6. Handmade Christmas Cards: You’re going to be buying up quite a few cards this holiday season, so why not purchase some for a good cause? These handmade paper-cut cards are crafted by orphans and disabled individuals in China. Your funding helps provide them with funds, employment and mentoring opportunities.
8. Julefod – The Danish XMas Tree Stand: Handmade in Denmark, this tree stand is functional, stylish and sturdy. Choose the type of wood you like and your stand can match your oh-so-modern holiday decor.
9. Holiday Monarch Butterfly Kit: Show some love to the earth by giving some green. Just grab one of these kits, and you’ll have everything you need to grow a monarch habitat in your backyard.
10. Coming Home for the Holidays: Make this aspiring director’s dreams come true and help fund a beautiful video in the process by contributing to this emotional short spec film.
Will you be giving any crowdfunded gifts as holiday presents? Let us know in the comments below!