Each December, many of us spend hours in malls and other retail outlets agonizing over ensuring we’ve got every last person on our holiday gift listcovered. In the world of a cancer patient and caregiver, December is likely a somewhat different experience. Often the holidays serve as a reflectivetime when we choose to cherish our time with family and loved ones and re-kindle our fond holidays memories.

Just as their holiday experience is somewhat different, many cancer patients, caregivers, and their loved ones adopt a different approach to holiday giving this time of year as well. Below are a few exciting programs that aim to not only convey a message of love as any gift is intended, but also to fund cancer treatment and research.

Cancer Card XChange

The Cancer Card XChange aims to disperse the nearly $4.8 billion in holiday and birthday gift cards that go unused each year to cancer patients andtheir families. The Cancer Card XChange accepts gift cards to any national retailer or major credit card in denominations ranging $5-100.

Dana-Farber & Jimmy Fund Giving Catalog

This unique program allows supporters to shop in general categories, ranging from cancer treatment and research, to prevention and survivorship. Fundsare then allocated where the greatest need is determined by the organization.

Cards that Give

CardsThatGive.org allows for shoppers to select greeting cards and artwork on behalf of charities that were made for non-profit efforts. Charitiesinclude not only cancer research and treatment organizations, but also international relief efforts and animal rights groups like the American HumaneSociety.

Cure Cart

CureCart.com promises to give 50% of all profits made from shoppers on our site to non-profit cancer organizations. All of our products aredelivered directly through Amazon.com and have the same low prices you would find on their site. When you visit CureCart.com, all of the items you putin your basket will be tagged with a special code for that tags our website. As an affiliate marketing group, CureCart receives a "finders fee" for everyproduct they are able to link and sell. They share this fee with the organizations that you choose :)

Whichever program you choose to utilize for your holiday giving this season, you can be sure you’ll not only be bringing a smile to the face of therecipient, but also helping one of these great and creative organizations in their efforts to defeat cancer!