Tired of giving friends and family “just more stuff”? Buy gifts in their name for people in need, through a charity.
Instead of buying conventional gifts for friends whose homes are already crammed with stuff, generous but practical Finns are increasingly sending useful or even life-saving gifts to people in need, through charitable schemes.
One such scheme is FinnChurchAid’s Alternative Gifts. “Last year donations totalled 1.4 million euros, with over half coming around Christmastime,” explains coordinator Else Hukkanen.