I see trends as being very wave-like. By the time that wave has crested, often the trend is so far mainstream that it’s pretty well “jumped the shark“. As your resident trend watcher, I see my job to write about the trends that are further out on the horizon preparing to crash into our daily lives in the near future. Sometimes I take liberties and bring you products or trends that I’d like to see become popular; perhaps in some small way my blog can push that wave towards shore.
I’m hoping this column will inspire you to think about giving a gift that gives twice this holiday season. Upcoming columns will bring you gift ideas for your husband, children and friends, but this is any idea for everyone on your list, from the teachers in the classrooms to the hostesses you’ll visit this season.
It’s called SickKids Get Better Gifts, and it’s an initiative to help you with your holiday shopping at the same time as it helps the SickKids Hospital Foundation. Shopping is as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Visit the site, www.sickkidsgetbettergifts.com
2. Choose a gift that’s meaningful to you and those on your holiday shopping list.
3. Purchase the gift online and you’ll be able to send a card to someone special that outlines the gift that has been made in their honour. A tax receipt will be sent to you at the time of selection.
The gifts on the site range from helping to provide a holiday meal for a family to helping ensure a child receives a gift from their wish list. Shoppers can also purchase gifts that support the families of children in Sick Kids Hospital such as an overnight bag (with all the essentials that are forgotten when you’re racing out the door to the emergency room with a sick child). If you’re feeling really generous,$5000 will purchase a child-sized wheelchair for a Sick Kids patient.
There’s a gift for every occasion and every price range from $25 on up. I can’t imagine $40 better spent than on a sleeper chair that will allow a parent to spend the night beside a sick child.
So before the holiday craziness sets in, do yourself a favour and get a little gift giving out of the way. You’ll be doing a favour for some very special kids and their families, and you’ll be helping me to make this worthy initiative become a trend.
Thanks for sharing this idea!!
That is a wonderful idea. What better way to share the joy of the holiday season.
I will make sure to direct friends to Sick Kid’s for a generous way of giving this holiday season.
This makes it so easy to help… What a great initiative. Thanks for letting us know about this.
Clicking over now. Thanks for this, Jen. I too hope it is a coming trend!