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Giving Tuesday Ideas + What is and When is Giving Tuesday?

I’m a gift-giver by nature. I’m constantly looking for things that I think people will appreciate wherever I go.. especially on my travels. That’s just how I like to express my love and gratitude. But lately, I’ve noticed a permanent crease on my forehead from constantly furrowing my brows. I go to bed stressed, have stressful dreams, and then wake up stressed. It’s not solely the thought of holiday shopping causing this, but it undeniably adds another layer of stress.

Jacob and I wanted this year to be different. We talked to our folks back in Atlanta and collectively decided as a family to opt out of buying gifts and give back to our community and worthy organizations instead. After all, if we think about it, we have everything we need. Since we’ve been moving every year, it also helps us want less because we can see how much we accumulate. It’s not fun having to move lots of stuff around.

Last Updated: December 27, 2022

What is Giving Tuesday?

National Giving Tuesday is a global day and movement dedicated to giving back that encourages and celebrates generosity! It falls after all your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. That sounds a little backward to us, but every bit of encouragement helps.

When is Giving Tuesday?

It falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year it falls on November 28, 2023.

Previous dates: 11/29/2022, 11/30/2021, 12/1/2020.

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Giving Tuesday Ideas


We have friends doing incredible work back in Atlanta by running an after-school program. We feel privileged to call them our friends because they are our heroes. Watch this video to learn more, and be a part of what they’re doing by purchasing something on their wish list to help provide for these kids.

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Our friends who run the after-school program above also run this. They’re amazing peeps… I’m telling you. This jewelry business supports Refugee families. If you want to learn more about it, we blogged a giveaway earlier this year. You can help simply by purchasing some jewelry from their store.


It’s a way to give loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the developing world. You can loan the money out again after they pay you back, so it’s a gift that keeps giving. If you haven’t signed up already, please sign up using my referral link, so that kiva will contribute $25 towards my next loan.


Seth, another friend of ours, started this organization, and he and his team work hard to provide clean water all over the globe. We take having clean water for granted, while others around the world are suffering from water-borne illnesses. As little as $20 can provide one person with safe drinking water for over 20 years. How awesome is that?!


We adopted Mika and Sebastian from the Furkids shelter. We were especially happy to get their latest Thanksgiving update. “Our cats and dogs are enjoying a great Thanksgiving feast today! While these loved ones await their very own home for the holidays, we give them every comfort of home possible. The cats enjoyed Friskies Turkey and Giblets, and the dogs enjoyed a mixture of turkey, rice, and green beans.” They need your help to provide that love and care, so please consider donating here.

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We’d love for you to join in on any of these because these are some of our favorite people doing great things. We’d also love to hear about the organizations you love supporting.

*Side note: Just to be clear, we’re not saying giving to charity is better than giving gifts. Giving gifts can be a wonderful thing, especially when it’s thoughtful and meaningful. We were simply inspired by some friends (thanks Feits!) to try something different this year, and hope you might too. If you need gift ideas, we have that too! I would love for you to check out these gift guides on our blog:

How are you participating in Giving Tuesday?
Who or what cause would you like to support in the future?

xoxo estherPin