Christmas Gift Advice – Remember Your Local Charities

By Joanne Blake | Etiquette & Manners

Dec 16

Charity begins at home

Let’s face it, most of us are pretty lucky.Christmas Gift Advice - Local charity tips - a hand holding inspirational words like donate, help

Don’t we have too much stuff already? So rather than write another blog on corporate gifting tips, we thought we would remind you of another gift giving idea.

Change of plan

The past couple years instead of corporate gifting and personal gift giving, Terry and I have been making donations to charities.
This year, because of the downturn in the economy in Alberta  and the consequences of the wildfire in Fort McMurray we decided to focus most of our giving on local charities.

Your community

I encourage you to think about your community and who could do with a charitable donation. We have our own favorites like the Edmonton Food Bank and the Salvation Army and this Christmas we looked around for other worthy organizations.

Goes around, comes around

When it comes to Christmas gift giving advice, we found a great web site that lists 100 worthy charities in the Edmonton area.
Do some investigating on your own. Remember it doesn’t have to be a cash donation. Volunteering some of your time with a local group is a holiday gift that rewards the volunteer as much as the organization.

Spread the word

Don’t be afraid to let your clients or friends know in a card that you have made a donation to a good cause instead of gifting. It may encourage them to do the same.

You and yours

Our best wishes to you and yours for a fun and safe holiday season and a generous and joyous new year.

PS if you do want some corporate gift giving help and advice here’s a link to a PDF tip sheet entitled Client Gift Giving Tips from Style for Success

Posted by Joanne Blake – the Canadian business etiquette expert and grateful giver

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JOANNE BLAKE Canadian speaker, corporate image consultant & business etiquette expert. If you're interested in booking a presentation, keynote or coaching, contact me. Based in Calgary / Edmonton, Alberta in western Canada.

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