Whether your heart is in the right place this time of year, you're looking for a special gift that makes a difference or you just need something for that family member who has it all, charitable giving as a gift for the holidays can be more than just cutting a check (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Whether your heart is in the right place this time of year, you're looking for a special gift that makes a difference or you just need something for that family member who has it all, charitable giving as a gift for the holidays can be more than just cutting a check (not that there's anything wrong with that).

One Simple Wish grant-a-wish

This organization advocates for children in foster care by providing simple gifts that might get taken for granted - something as small as a ticket to the movies, a video game or a trip to an amusement park. You're welcome to cut a check, but One Simple Wish has a full list of kids, including many from Ohio agencies (Columbus' Buckeye Ranch among them) and their personal wishes, so you can target your giving. This is the time of year when OSW needs the most help, said founder and executive director Danielle Gletow.onesimplewish.org/grant-a-wish

Franklinton Cycle Works donation

Franklinton Cycle Works is a neighborhood shop that provides training and transportation, "empowering people to overcome barriers to achieve their goals," in the words of co-founder and director Jonathan Youngman. Volunteers provide basic bike maintenance and repair training to youth and adults, who work on refurbishing a bike that will ultimately become their own. Cash, (used) bikes, helmets, locks - all of these are donations are welcome at FCW, Youngman said.franklintoncycleworks.org

Candle With a Cause

These candles are made locally from sustainable materials, and 25 percent of net proceeds from each one is donated to a nonprofit agency. The supported nonprofit is indicated on the label of each candle, and every detail, from the scent of the wax to the type of bottle used, is designed with that partner organization - Pets Without Parents, Ronald McDonald House, Friends of Goodale Park, Stonewall Columbus and more - in mind. The organization also makes custom candles in personal, sentimental glasses and with unique scents.candlewithacause.com

soHza jewelry

Co-founder Debbie Lupariello explained it this way: "We create a partnership between women locally and women globally. When a woman sells her work, she's helping support a local cause. And when someone buys that work, they're helping that woman around the globe." Through 21 partner co-ops in 10 countries, soHza selects jewelry from around the world made by independent woman artisans. Then soHza partners with local women-centered nonprofit organizations and donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry.sohza.com

Wild Goose Creative membership

Give the gift of ongoing art and contribute to Columbus' already-vibrant scene. You, your friends and family already know the kind of impact Wild Goose has on artists and the art community in Columbus, so why not give a membership? Memberships start at $5 per month (or a one-time gift of $60), or you can double it to show Wild Goose how really awesome you think it is. Funds subsidize the creation of art by reducing the cost of making it or directly paying artists, many of whom are of the young and emerging variety.wildgoosecreative.org