Sometimes buying holiday gifts can feel like an obligation. Another sweater Grandma won’t wear, another tie to add to Dad’s collection – what if the gifts bought out of social necessity went to supply real necessities around the world? This upcoming holiday season, shoppers can reinvent gift lists with items from the World Vision Gift Catalog. These alternative gift ideas, from goats and chickens to life-saving medicine, honor the recipient and create a lasting impact for people in need. The catalog offers nearly 250 gifts online and in the print version ranging in price from $16 to $39,000. These gifts can be purchased in the name of a family member, teacher, co-worker or child and a few examples include:
· A Coffee Set ($50): With a contribution of $50 a recipient receives a Fair-Trade Coffee Set which includes a blend of coffee from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica and is delivered with hand-carved olivewood scoop in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women.
· Artisan Multi-Colored Necklace ($100): For $100 the donor receives an artisan multi-colored, glass beaded necklace. This unique, colorful, lariat strand helps fight human trafficking and can be worn as a long or short necklace, bracelet or even as a belt.
· Goat ($75): One of the most popular gifts because its milk provides protein for children and the surplus can be sold for additional income to purchase medicines and other necessities. Plus, fertilizer from goats can increase the amount of vegetables grown in a family garden.
· Family Food Kit ($16): Includes nutritious meals like oatmeal, lentil soup or pasta, and a bean and rice casserole to feed a family in the U.S. who has been struck by disaster, homelessness or job loss.
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World Vision was kind enough to send me one of their coffee sets to try. It came in a beautiful gift bag with a very nice scoop. The coffee is whole bean so you need a grinder.It smells amazing! It has a very nice robust flavor that will make any true coffee aficionado extremely happy. The added bonus of knowing that by purchasing this you are helping someone truly in need is a great feeling!