Its not uncommon these days for the bridal couple to have set up home long before tying the knot. And they are more than likely to have their fair share of toasters, linens and must-have gadgets so why not have a gift list with a twist?
Without getting all preachy on you, charitable giving is about really making a difference to someone who desperately needs it and helping to preserve our planet for future generations. You could even consider running an ethical list alongside your wedding – a beautiful idea that will get all your guests talking. Take a look behind the jump to see some of the amazing and inspirational gifts around including a whole wildflower meadow (left) for a mere £20 from Good Gifts.
Extended African families often take in young relatives orphaned through disease or war. £30 will buy the child two goats as a dowry to the family, providing both milk and a livlihood making their stay a gain, not a drain.
Help babies gain a safe entry into the world by buying a bike for a rural midwife £35 or train a female bank manager to start a local bank for £35 and benefit a whole community. Four ducks with feed costs £15 for Sierra Leone villagers devestated by civil war and £35 provides a poor child with a school kit giving them the chance of a better future.
If you prefer your gifts to start closer to home, £35 will assist an older person with the costs of looking after a pet cat, £25 will provide an ‘independence kit’ with basic kitchenware for a young, newly housed person and £15 will help an old mutt retire in grace at a resthome for dogs. All from Good Gifts.
Other great gifts can be found at Send a Cow where the life changing items that can be purchased include £5 for a fishing net, to £35 for three sheep for an Ethiopian farmer or £40 for a beehive.