World Vision Gift Catalog offers meaningful last-minute gifts

Still looking for Christmas gifts for the special people in your life? Here are five popular items from the World Vision Gift Catalog by which you can honor a loved one and bring help and hope to children and families in need.

Published November 14, 2012 at 12:00am PST

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). —Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

The World Vision Gift Catalog offers hundreds of ways to reflect the spirit of the Christmas season — a time of year during which we celebrate the eternal light and hope brought about by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

With items across various prices and categories that help lift children, families, and even entire communities out of poverty, you can bring meaningful assistance to those in need — and let loved ones know that you did so in their honor by emailing or printing out a card to present on Christmas Day.

If you’re still looking for last-minute gift ideas, consider one of these popular options from the Gift Catalog. Or browse the catalog for yourself and find an item by which you can show loved ones how much you appreciate them.

Goats

The gift of a goat is a sustainable means by which to empower a family in need. Goats provide a steady source of nourishment through milk, cheese, and yogurt. A healthy dairy goat can provide up to 16 cups of milk per day — and produce valuable manure to fertilize crops and gardens.

Goats also provide a means of economic stability for a family. Their offspring — and any surplus of their dairy products — can be sold at the market, providing a family with extra money to care for their children through education, medical care, and more.

Ducks

When you give the gift of ducks to a family in need, you provide them with a source of hundreds of large, protein-rich eggs that they can use for nourishment throughout the year. Ducks, like goats, also provide valuable fertilizer for crops.

And like goats, ducks produce offspring that can be sold for extra income.

Finally, ducks offer valuable down feathers, perfect for their thermal insulation and padding. These can be used in bedding materials and warm clothing — or, again, as a source of income at the market.

Life-saving medicines and supplies

Just like here in the United States, young children in the developing world routinely come down with easily treatable ailments, such as diarrhea.

Unlike here, however, these children are often tragically unable to receive the treatment they need, because poverty renders basic medicines and supplies inaccessible or unaffordable. Shelves at local clinics are often empty, even as demand is high.

That’s why the gift of life-saving medicines and supplies is an ideal choice this Christmas season. Thanks to donations from our pharmaceutical partners, your contribution will multiply in impact to help ship and distribute critical items like antibiotics, anti-fungals, anti-parasitic drugs, de-worming medications, disposable syringes, gastrointestinal drugs, painkillers, and surgical supplies. These will be sent to places around the world where children, families, communities, and clinics are in greatest need.

Hope for sexually exploited girls

Tragically, millions of children — most of them girls — are enslaved in the global sex trade today. Their lives are a cycle of vicious abuse and exploitation. Many of them are forced to serve multiple “clients” each day, under threats of violence if they don’t obey. They’ve seen horrors that no child should ever have to face.

Your gift today will help us bring relief and hope to girls who have been exposed to unimaginable evil and suffering — providing interventions like safe shelter, compassionate counseling, vocational training, nutritious food, medical care, and, when possible, reintegration with a loving family.

Clean water

It’s a basic resource that can be easy to take for granted — but for millions around the world, it’s a necessity that’s tragically out of reach.

Access to clean water can determine whether or not children are able to get an education, or whether a community can lift itself out of poverty. Children who have to spend long, hard hours fetching water from a distant, unclean source don’t have time to go to class — and waterborne illness often keeps them out of school, anyway. Meanwhile, adults can’t participate in economic development if they don’t have access to a resource as basic as clean water.

Your gift to our Clean Water Fund will help us bring greater access to clean, safe water in communities around the world through interventions like deep wells, piping systems, water storage containers, purification equipment, and more.

Additional ideas

Still looking for other options? Browse through World Vision’s Gift Catalog and check out more than 100 ways by which to honor a loved one this Christmas and bring meaningful, life-changing help and hope to a child, family, or entire community in need!