Give a gift. Change a life.
Holiday gift giving can get stressful. Most of us carry around wishlists, store flyers and store coupons. We search high and low for that “just right” gift for everyone on our list. I love shopping for others but sometimes I wonder if the gifts I buy get used, returned or if they collect dust. We also get stuck the week before, wishing we had ordered earlier. This is a great idea for last minute giving.
Through World Vision’s Gift Catalog, shoppers can choose a meaningful, life-changing gift to meet the urgent needs of children around the world. These alternative gift ideas— such as goats, school supplies, and fresh water wells— honor the recipient and create a lasting impact for people in need.
For the person who has everything, or for the shopper who doesn’t want to purchase one more meaningless gift, the World Vision Gift Catalog offers a welcome alternative (or addition to) traditional holiday gift giving. Shoppers can match the gift to the hobby or interest of the recipient. Ideas include:
- Children who love animals will enjoy giving a goat, cow, or chickens to provide a family with new sources of nutrition and the potential to sell eggs or milk, helping the family climb out of poverty.
- Sports enthusiasts will get a kick out of four soccer balls donated to a school.A gardener may like hybrid or drought-resistant seeds for a farmer, helping feed the farmer’s family for seasons to come.
- A cyclist – or a child receiving his or her first bike – will enjoy giving a bicycle to a girl in Africa or Asia, allowing her to safely travel to school.
When giving a gift to a friend or family member, that person can receive a special card describing the gift and its impact. Donors can also receive free handmade gifts such as ornaments from Nairobi and jewelry from Thailand with a contribution to the Maximum Impact Fund, which helps in the areas of greatest needs.
This year marks the 17th annual edition of the catalog. Since 1996 the catalog’s popularity as a gift-giving alternative has grown with more than 160,000 purchases last year raising over $33 million that helped more than 825,000 people around the world.* Goats remain the most popular item – more than 67,000 goats were given to families around the world in 2011.
World Vision has agreed to give one lucky MamaLovesHerBargains reader a necklace.
A necklace and catalog were provided to facilitate the review. All opinions are my own.