Gift Catalog

Top 8: Alternative graduation gifts from World Vision’s Gift Catalog

Are you looking for an alternative gift for your recent or soon-to-be graduate? Something meaningful, something that will make a real difference in the world while honoring this milestone in their education?

World Vision’s Gift Catalog has a variety of amazing gifts that you can donate in someone’s honor and make a real-world difference. Here are our top eight Gift Catalog recommendations for your graduate.

A father becomes a leader

On this Father’s Day, join us in celebrating the success of the World Vision-supported project “The Father Program” in Sri Lanka, which is now starting up in four other countries! Surendralingam is one of the fathers who has turned his life around by applying what he learned from this program.

Birthday celebrations: Wild for World Vision!

"Wild for World Vision! That’s what I am, and that was the theme of my 13th birthday party this year!"

Emily Hadigian turned 13 in January. But this year, she wanted to use the gift-giving part of her birthday celebration as a donation to World Vision, using it to help change the world.

Top 10: Register your wedding with World Vision's Gift Catalog

Wedding season starts next month! Are you getting married, but feel like you already have everything you need to start a home together? Use the day that will change your lives forever to help change lives all around the world!

With World Vision's My Gift Catalog application, you can create your own personalized fundraising webpage where others are invited to donate meaningful gifts. Here are our top 10 Gift Catalog recommendations for your wedding registry.

[Infographic] How will you spend Valentine's Day?

Love is in the air this week as millions prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day. There's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to spoil your loved ones; we all do it occasionally.

At the same time, we wanted to ask the question: How much money do Americans spend each year on Valentine's Day -- and what impact could that amount make in fighting global poverty?

This isn't meant to induce guilt; instead, consider it a source of encouragement as to how effectively you can make a difference with the resources you have!

Kenya through Kris' eyes

Since I’ve gotten back from World Vision's 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, I'm frequently asked: “Didn’t you go to Kenya?  How was that?”

I’m never one to answer really fast, because I always want to give a real answer. I could just say, “It was great!” -- and the conversation would end there, but that would defeat the purpose of why I went.

I went so I could tell people about what’s going on in Kenya and what World Vision is doing to help out.

From Alabama with Love to India

Andrea Zahler wound her way along a narrow pathway in a small farming village near Sitapur, India, past oxen laying in the sun and mud-walled homes where chai is brewed atop small, open wood-fired stoves.

Andrea was a World Vision Child Ambassador in the truest sense that day. She was going to meet a sponsored child named Laxmi Ramhit, a 12-year-old Indian girl with a shy smile and deep doe eyes.

As Laxmi’s home came into view, Andrea saw a large group of women and children sitting on the floor, waiting patiently in a small courtyard outside the home. They pulled out a patio chair for her, the oldest girl brought her chai, and other children touched her feet as a sign of respect and welcome.

“I was very nervous about visiting [Laxmi] because I knew that it wasn’t just me, but I was representing an entire neighborhood of people,” Andrea says.

Education for every child

“Education for every child,” says Anne Wachira. These words are the mission statement of the school where she has taught for 8 years. But these are not just words to Anne, they carry a much deeper meaning.

“As I came to this area, I was touched by the way the children were. They were illiterate. That’s why I started to work at this school.”

Anne was determined to see change in the lives of her students.

[Video] This little light of mine

This week, you had the chance to meet Brian and learn how sponsorship has changed his life.

Today, you get to see Brian smile his gap-toothed grin as American Idol's Kris Allen strums and sings 'This Little Light of Mine." It's one of our favorite moments from the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, and we couldn't help but share.

[Video] Sponsorship: a lifetime of change

Before sponsorship, Brian and his family didn't have a roof over their heads. They didn't have a lamp to see at night.

But all of that changed after Brian became sponsored and received a special gift from his sponsor in the United States.

Kris Allen, host of the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, was able to meet Brian and his family -- and see firsthand how their lives had been changed.

"Sponsoring a child is something that is going to last them a lifetime, and is something that changes their whole community."

Praying for Turkana

During the True Spirit of Christmas Tour, we have seen how lives in Turkana, Kenya, are being changed through gifts like chickens and goats. While in Kenya, our team also had the chance to get to know John Okere, who helps oversee World Vision's work there.

John has worked for World Vision for six years because he believes in the positive impact of our work on communities.

“We touch people’s lives directly, and we see transformation almost immediately.”

John earned a degree in public health from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, and uses his knowledge to help families in the Turkana region.

Today, he shares with us how we can be praying for the people of Turkana.

Sponsorship: A light in Brian’s future

In the most beautiful, mountainous landscape you could ever imagine, the Rift Valley of Kenya is a land of contrasts.

While waterfalls, canyons, and wild monkeys complement glorious sunsets, not all who find themselves in this land have time to appreciate its beauty -- at least, not when basic needs aren’t met.

[Video] Away in a manger

During this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, you have seen our host Kris Allen learn about the life-giving benefits of clean water and the gift of chickens. You've even seen him herd goats.

What you haven't seen him do is the thing he is most known for -- singing.

Today, that changes. You get the chance to see Kris Allen share a song with Sylvia and her family.