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We've all received a secret Santa gift that just wasn't our taste. Often it can feel like this way of gift sharing is a waste of money. Even though it was designed to make gift giving in big group settings more manageable. But imagine if Secret Santa was an opportunity to bring meaningful joy to others and avoid waste.

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This year SavingScotts along with the rest of the UK Money Blogger community is joining together to form an alternative to secret Santa called #giveorgift

Instead of buying a physical gift for Secret Santa the idea is that the recipient can opt for the gift to go to charity instead. 

Which charities are #giveorgift supporting?

We’re supporting six charities this year with the money raised evenly split between them. So a £5 donation plus Gift Aid will see each of the following receive just over £1:
* The Trussell Trust (food poverty)
* Shelter (housing and homelessness)
* Citizens Advice (money and legal help)
* Children in Need
* Stand up to Cancer
* DEC (humanitarian crisis)

For more information on these charities click here. 

How do I donate?
If you’ve been allocated someone who wants you to give to charities on their behalf, simply donate the present fund at You can print out a giving certificate so there’s something to handover on the day everyone exchanges presents. We are using because they don't take a cut of the charitable donations unlike other giving sites. 

UK Money Bloggers have even created a pack to help you on your way to organising a #giveorgift including sign up sheets and gift certificates for those who want to give something to show they have given to a charity. You can find these and more here

Learn more about how you can get involved in the #giftorgive initiative over at UK Money Bloggers 


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