Whilst thinking about what people are buying for each other, and seeing all the usual Christmas tat in the shops (why, oh why, do they start filling up the shops with rubbish from October …), it was interesting to receive a catalogue of ‘alternative gifts‘ through the post.
Fancy buying some chickens for a family in Uganda? What about water for school children in Ethiopia or even just ensure that children are correctly registered with the state, so they get what they are entitled to? And how often could one consider training a teacher for £180?
When you think of the destination of most of the tat we’ll end up buying over the next few months, how long those cheap plastic things will last, its interesting to consider how long the legacy of one of these alternative gifts could last. For some, it may be life changing.
A curious thought.