5 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts that Make the World a Better Place


mikayla colthirst-reid -5 last minut gifts3By Mikayla Colthirst-Reid

The best gifts are the ones that remind us of our value and that we aren’t doing this alone; that life itself is a gift. In a season saturated with materialism, it’s nice to be able to gift your loved ones with something that not only delights them, but makes an impact that lasts far beyond Christmas morning. Whether you’ve procrastinated or are just plain stumped as to what to purchase, we’ve got you covered with a Christmas list for massive impact and minimal mall time.

Here are 5 last-minute gift ideas for the cause-minded individual in your life:

1. Education

1 - Education_Freedom TrainingNever underestimate the gift of knowledge and insight. A book, a workshop, seminar, conference, or some other medium can be an invaluable gift for a person who is eager to deepen their  understanding about a particular issue. The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen or The Global Leadership Summit are two great examples of education that will inform, inspire and empower people to take action. No matter how advanced someone might be, there is always room to learn, grow, and become more informed about how to make the world a better place.

2. Rescue and Restoration

2 - AftercareWhat better way to honour a socially-conscious friend than to rescue, protect and restore victims of violence on their behalf? At IJM Canada, we know that the best gifts can’t be wrapped. Even a small purchase from the IJM Canada gift catalogue can make an immeasurable difference in the lives of children, women and men affected by slavery and violence. From a $9 hot meal for trauma survivors to a $135 counselling package for girls rescued from sex trafficking, you’ll surely find a meaningful gift that will be appreciated by both your recipient and our clients around the world.

3. A Transformative Experience

3 - Dance PerformanceWe all have that one person in our lives who already has everything. Instead of buying them more stuff, try treating them to an enriching experience instead. Purchasing tickets to a cultural event, theatre performance or any other arts provide the opportunity to be immersed in an experience that deepens their understanding about worlds other than their own. You can buy the tickets for a future event and gift them on Christmas day! (Bonus: the proceeds of such events often support non-profits working to improve the community at large.)

4. A Gift Card for a Fair Trade Business

4 - Basket WeavingGive a gift that contributes to a fairer and more equitable world. By purchasing fair trade, you can be sure your giving is advancing, not diminishing, human rights. Here are a few of our favourite ethical businesses where you can snag a last minute Christmas gift card:

5. DIY Keepsake

5 - Gift Catalogue Image - Crafty GiftWhen all else fails, DIY saves the day. Even if you’re not crafty, a beautifully framed quote or phrase is a great idea for a last-minute Christmas gift. To create a simple but thoughtful gift, print the text on high quality paper (or try your hand at calligraphy.)  A few meaningful words with a personal touch is a practical way to help your loved ones keep their values front and center.

Stuck for last-minute gift ideas that go above and beyond? This Christmas, give a gift that transforms lives. Shop the IJM Canada gift catalogue today!


Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with International Justice Mission, Canada, because we believe whole-heartedly in the work of IJM around the world. 

Images in post by IJM.

Main image by Chervelle Camille.