A British charity is pioneering the idea of reducing the country's bulging debt by encouraging people to buy gift vouchers that will be sent to the Treasury.
The Charities Advisory Trust, which publishes a Christmas Good Gifts Catalogue where people can donate money for causes such as bringing fresh water to African villages and for medical care for children in India, recently advertised a 20 pounds ($33.2) gift voucher to help pay the debt.
"Why lumber your descendants with a staggering debt burden? Now is the time to start reducing the National Debt in their names (and their interest)," the advertisement reads, stating that this is "a wonderful present for children and grandchildren."
The UK national debt is more than 800 billion pounds, or over 13,000 pounds per person and rating agencies have warned the country risks losing its AAA rating if the government does not take steps to reduce it.