#Giveorgift – Ask your secret Santa to give to charity instead

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Good With Money is part of a lovely network of money bloggers, called UK Money Bloggers.

This year, Andy Webb, the founder of the group, has set up a campaign to encourage all those employees who usually partake in the annual ritual of anonymously buying £10 presents for colleagues, also known as office “Secret Santa”, to ask their colleagues to donate the £10 that would be spent on a present to donate their £10 to charity instead.

It’s a really good idea, not least because the democratic £10 limit means that often, the present bought is of limited interest to the recipient, but could make a big difference elsewhere.

If your company chooses to take part, the money will go to six charities: The Trussell Trust (food poverty), Shelter (homelessness), Citizens Advice (money and legal help), Children in Need, Stand up to Cancer and DEC (humanitarian crisis).

You can find out more here, or simply forward the link to the person in HR who usually gets the Secret Santa thing going, and instead of feeling guilty about chucking something unwanted away, you’ll feel that bit more Christmassy instead. Ho ho ho!

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Rebecca O'Connor

Rebecca O'Connor, a financial journalist, is co-founder and director of Good With Money. Formerly a staff writer at The Times, she covered personal finance and business for eight years before going on to spend three years as communications director at Trillion Fund, a renewable energy crowdfunding platform. Rebecca writes about personal finance regularly for The Times and The Spectator and has written articles for The Observer, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Ecologist, Moneysupermarket.com, Energydesk, Moneywise, BusinessGreen and Ethical Consumer.

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