This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.
In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!
Around the world, the need is great: close to 400 million children under the age of 13 live in extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. That’s more than the entire population of the United States. And right here in the U.S., extreme poverty has hit a new high: recent studies show that more than 1.6 million households with children are living on less than $2 per person, per day.
This Christmas, you can help fight poverty – both internationally and domestically – by improving the lives of children with life-saving gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog. Last year, more than 140,000 donors purchased more than 417,000 items from the Gift Catalog, helping more than 822,000 people around the world!
One of the best ways to make a real impact in the life of a child and his or her family is with our multiplier gifts. Through grants and product donations, gifts like these multiply in impact to help even more children and families in need. For example, a $35 gift will multiply eight times to provide $280 worth of medicines, or you can purchase $200 worth of necessities for families in the USA for a donation of just $25.
You can also find presents to address a cause that you – or a loved one – feel passionate about. Donate a gift in your loved one’s name and support a cause, such as combating sexual exploitation. A gift between $35 and $250 provides hope to the millions of children, most of them girls, who are enslaved in the global sex trade.
One young girl who was rescued and cared for in a World Vision shelter told aid workers, “My mother sold me for $500 to the brothel owner [to buy] food.” World Vision helps restore physical and spiritual health to girls like her by providing safe shelter, medical care, nutritious food, vocational training, compassionate counseling and, when possible, reintegration with a loving family.
A Teachable Moment
For parents, the catalog can also be a great teaching tool, giving children a tangible way to learn about generosity, gratitude, and the needs of others.
“My favorite family Christmas traditions are the ones that offer our family a chance to give rather than receive” –Jill Anderson.
Read about the Anderson family’s tradition of giving as a family.
Buy once and give twice! With these Gift Catalog items, when you give to our Where Most Needed fund, you get a free Handcrafteded Gift for you or a loved one. Some of our favorites: Jewelry like a Balinese multi-strand necklace ($85) and the red Thai bracelet ($40).
Even better … all of these gift items come with free shipping!
But remember: today, December 15th, is the last day to order them to guarantee their delivery by Christmas. So place your order today! Personalized cards must also be ordered today to make it in time for Christmas.
Last minute gifts
If you miss today’s deadline (12/15) for shipping Handcrafted Gifts and personalized cards in time for Christmas, don’t worry! You can still print out a downloadable card or send an eCard as late as Christmas morning.
And there are more than a hundred ways to give life-changing gifts through our Gift Catalog that don’t require shipping, printing, or standing in line! Here are a few of our favorite recommendations:
5 Fruit Trees ($30) for a Christmas party hostess gift.
Education for Children ($35) for your child’s teacher.
New Mother & Baby Kit ($95) for a new mom.
Share of a Sewing Machine ($25) for your creative aunt.
Feed a Family in the USA for a Day ($18) for your neighbors.
World Vision’s Gift Catalog gives shoppers a wide range of ways to improve the lives of children through gifts in categories such as: clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, and more! Gifts range in price from $16 to $39,000 and can be made in a loved one’s name. You can also choose to send a personalized card describing the gift and its impact.
And you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring about tremendous social change. There are many items in the catalog under $20, less than the average American spends on holiday floral arrangements. Shop today!
(Photo: 2007 Anish Premson/World Vision)
For more ideas, check out our entire Gift Catalog! Browse now for more than 100 gifts that will help share big dreams with children around the world as well as in the United States this Christmas.