Look, I could write a whole post here about why and how you can just put aside the idea of buying silly little Xmas gifts for Lois in accounting, and how Reginald in HR really doesn’t need more boxes of Lindt balls because people only truly like one type (dark chocolate for me) and the rest get thrown out.

I could remind you that it’s freaking hot in Australia right now, so the idea of gifting a rose, basil and chai scented candle is ridiculous because why would anyone want to light it and add another heat source to their already overheated house? (Also, stop making candles scented with chai.)

I could moan about how I despise the whole idea of Kris Kringle/Secret Santa, because honestly, I do. It’s nothing more than a waste of time and money.

I could tell you that I am pretty sure that the $30 gift voucher you are thinking of shoving into an envelope for Uncle Angelo is going to languish in a drawer and probably be forgotten.

I could tell you that the book of inspirational quotes that you are going to buy for the cousin you only see once a year will never be opened – and probably be re-gifted (possible back to you) next year.

You know, so I don’t need to tell you, that the half-wilted poinsettia you’re buying at the last minute at Woolies as a gift for the person hosting one of the three hundred Xmas drinks things you’re going to will wind up in the bin after the next three-day heatwave because your host can’t remember to water themselves, much less a seasonal plant.

I could urge you to put down the bath bomb because no one, and I mean NO ONE, needs or wants a bath bomb.

I could do all these things. But there’s no need; I’ve done it before and you know it all. If you really need to read those posts: here’s one. And here’s another. And Grumps has written about it here.

Basically, the message is the same. Think about forgoing those little gifts, and instead make a donation to Life for a Child, and know that THIS gift is actually meaningful. And by meaningful, I mean it will save the life of a young person with diabetes. That’s right: Save. Their. Life.

Insulin is expensive. And yet the dollars you were going to spend on a pretty mindless gift will provide life-saving insulin for around six months. Which sounds a lot better, right?

Good thing you know all this, and I don’t need to write about it again. And it’s also a good thing that you know all you need to do is click here to save a life.