How to give back a little during Christmas with Give as you live
Christmas is merely eight weeks away and, even though I always aim to get my Christmas shopping done early, I somehow manage to leave it until the last minute, which almost always results in me getting caught up in a mad rush to the shops all frustrated and stressed. So, online shopping has become my saving grace, especially now that I don’t have to drag two small boys with me everywhere. I have even had presents delivered directly to the recipient, as some online stores offer a gift-wrapping service. Ok, so it does take the magic out of Christmas shopping, but when you have kids who get bored every five seconds then… needs must!
I have also been on a bit of a ‘giving’ buzz lately, as I have been working on some projects, which have made me think actively about the conflict in Syria and the hardship that the third world countries must endure every day, like starvation and a lack of hygiene and care systems for families. So, I feel almost guilty for not being able to donate something substantial to charities that would make a real difference.
But, there is a way to shop online for your Christmas presents and donate a percentage of those proceeds to charity at the same time.
By the power of Give as you Live
Give as you Live is a powerful online search engine, if you will, of well-known national stores that allow you to raise free funds for charity. It works a lot like those cashback sites, in the sense that you start by heading over to www.giveasyoulive.com, you search for the store that you want to make a purchase from, to which you are then automatically redirected to that store’s website, where you can make a purchase as normal. In the background, Give as you Live would be tracking your purchase and a percentage of the purchase value is donated to the charity of your choice or, if you don’t have a preference, to Give as you Live’s charity of the month. This donation is made without any further cost to you, as Give as you Live makes the donation on your behalf. This donation is paid out of the commission they receive from the retailers. There are more than 4,100 retailers to choose from, including ASOS, John Lewis, Amazon and Boots. Each store shows the percentage of the amount that Give as you Live donate to charity, for example, 1.5% of your Amazon purchases can be donated, whereas moonpig.com’s percentage is a whopping 6% (perfect for buying those Christmas cards, people!). Give as you Live has raised a massive £7,707,194.01 to date, for over 8,500 charities, so it is well worth the hassle of one little extra step before you buy online.
You even get a nice email showing you how much you donate every time you make a purchase.
Give as you Live campaign – My shopping haul from Amazon via Give as you Live
I was given £50 to try out Give as you Live and shop like I would normally do for my Christmas shopping, but include the added benefit of automatic donation to a chosen charity. The website is simple to use. Here are the steps below:
- Head over to http://www.giveasyoulive.com and register a profile
- Search for your store or product in the top right hand corner and click on ‘Shop Now’ – I used Amazon to buy my haul products. You can also find offers and discount codes at the bottom of the page, before you click to redirect to the store of your choice.
- Shop to your heart’s content – be generous this year! Here is the link to buy via Amazon: http://give.as/MDAmazon
What did I buy?
I have published a video on YouTube, which has information on how to shop via Give as you Live and a review of the below products I bought via Amazon. Here is the video:
Orchard Toys Dinosaur Discover – £7.93
Brilliant 150-piece jigsaw for my eldest who has been complaining about not being able to finish the exact same jigsaw puzzle at school because he doesn’t get enough ‘carpet time’. So, I decided to buy him the same puzzle, so he can get better at it. He finally finished the jigsaw puzzle at school before carpet time was over – challenge completed!
Character World Single “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban” Panel Duvet Set, Multi- Colour – £13.90
The boys are obsessed with TMNT, so I bought them both a single bedding set to go with their new London Bus bunkbed.
Boys Adidas Children Boys Goletto SG Football Boots in Black – 13 Child – Currently unavailable
Aron plays football every Tuesday after school and needed some great durable boots for the upcoming winter season. These are great and are still in brilliant condition after a few weeks of hard wear.
Selfie Stick, TaoTronics Bluetooth Shutter with Tripod for Smartphone Universal for iPhone Samsung and other IOS and Android Smartphone – £8.99
I used this nifty selfie stick to video my Give as you Live haul. It’s strong, durable and it has been reduced from £21.99, so you are getting brilliant value for money. In the pack, you have a tripod, two sticks (one with a power button and camera button) and a USB cable to connect directly to the TV.
Sleep Mask, PLEMO Eye Mask Set with Gel Pack, Breathe-Easy Eye Mask Shade for Bedtime Travel Snoring, Cool / Warm Therapy, Perfect for Insomnia, Puffy Eyes & Dark Circles, Black – £6.79
Reduced from £19.99, this PLEMO eye mask can be placed in the refrigerator for ten minutes or in hot water for 5 minutes and it helps to sooth puffy eyes or any headaches. I love using the hot mask just before bed as it does settle me to sleep. This is a Christmas present for me…
Trefl Puzzle Disney Cars 2 (260 pieces) – £8.99
This puzzle is for my 4-year-old son who is a huge Cars fanatic. It’s a large jigsaw puzzle at 260 pieces, but his brother helps him out and they’ve finished it quite a few times. It’s a great buy for £8.99.
Make sure to click on this link first before you search for the above products via Amazon, so Give as you Live can track your purchases and make the correct donation
Give as you Live during Christmas
There is a dedicated Christmas page, which is all about making your gifts matter this Christmas. Shop for the perfect gift on the website and a percentage will be donated to your chosen charity at no extra cost to you or them! Don’t forget to check out the top Christmas offers too.
Other ways to raise money for your charity
There are other ways you can raise money via Give as you Live, two of which are:
Referring a friend – I am currently raising money for Action for Children every time I shop online. There is a way that you can get your friends to do the same. If you click on this link and sign up to Give as you Live, then I can make £5 for Action for Children every time. You would be able to do the same too when you refer a friend
Donation reminders – Until you make it a habit, it is hard to remember to go to www.giveasyoulive.com first before you head on to your store to make a purchase. You can install an extension on your browser to remind you to make that fundamental step, so you are regularly donating to your charities.
Even if it isn’t Christmas and you are doing your regular online shop, head over to www.giveasyoulive.com first and make the most out of your purchases. It doesn’t cost you any extra money, yet your collective donations would be life changing for charities. It’s the spirit of giving, so let’s give back. #Merrygivemas!