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The only gift guide that you’ll need this Christmas

During the last few weeks my inbox has been full of wonderful gift guides. From stocking fillers to luxury items, the most beautiful things all listed and ready to buy, just a click away. And as much as I love shopping for others and, well, for me, this year there is only one item in our gift guide. And I would be very grateful if you could share it and include it in your gift guides as well.

Do you remember the hilarious Ice Bucket Challenge that was all over the Internet last year?  Well, it was created to promote awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I watched every Instagram video that appeared on my feed, even more if it involved some gorgeous celebrity. My guess is you did too. But I didn’t donate. I can imagine that most people did the same, though I truly hope that if you saw those challenges you did donate. I truly hope you are a better person than I.

ALS is a terrible disease. Imagine that you can’t move. That you are completely aware of everything that is happening to you but you can’t do anything about it. Imagine that you know that in a short time you won’t be able to move, speak or even breath. And imagine that during the whole process you are absolutely aware of it. Now, please imagine it. Take a moment to truly think about it. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about your life and the life of your loved ones. Remember that recipe you excel at and your husband/ wife/ mom/ children/ friends love? Imagine you won’t be able to prepare it again. What about those sweet cuddles after a whole day, when you finally stretch yourself in the sofa and spent the loveliest moments caressing that important person in your life while sipping a hot cocoa? Gone. You won’t be able to caress them anymore. Or holding that cocoa cup for that matter. Those simple things that make life amazing. Think about them. Now think how it would feel if you loose them while being aware that you are loosing them. And even worse: imagine the person you love the most is going through all of that. Try to feel the fear. Imagine that is real.

I’m sure you’ve saved a little bit to buy some lovely presents to your family and friends this Christmas. Or maybe you are saving for a nice trip next year (we sure are) or, what the hell! Sales are coming!  Treat yourself and treat others, because you and them deserve it. But why not putting a small amount away to help others? There are thousand of problems that need to be solved and thousands of people that need help, but we are asking you today to help people with ALS. Because scientists need resources to investigate, because those affected by ALS might need a computer to communicate with their loved ones or even a ventilator to breath, because carers might need counseling to face the numerous challenges that this disease brings to their loved ones… You can help. I finally did and I didn’t need a celebrity to tell me so. I just closed my eyes and really imagined my life with ALS. Or even worse, I imagined the most important people in my life suffering without hope.

Here you have the link to the Spanish ALS association Adela, the one we donated to, but there are associations in every country ( USA, UK, find associations worldwide here) and different foundations like A Life Story Foundation or Fundación Francisco Luzón. You can always ask in your nearest hospital or volunteer if you can’t donate.

It’s Christmas. Make it special. Please, please, please, donate.


  1. Lee Ann says

    Thank you for this plea. I watched my great-uncle struggle with ALS during my childhood years. Every time I’d visit, his mobility would be less, until he could only lay in the bed and watch us with his eyes. As a child, I used to look at the photos on the wall of his home, photos of the days when, as member of the New York Yankees, he pitched during a World Series. It was impossible to imagine that was the same man. I still cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to struggle with ALS. Thank you for this reminder.

    • I always think about how lonely it must feel… I made my donation and I’m determined to do it every year, as a new Christmas tradition. That’s the least we can do. I really believe in the power of science and I’m sure someday they will find a cure, but scientist need money for that! I know the Spanish assosiaction AdEla does a great work with both people affected and their carers. I hope my donation helps a little bit!

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