This Christmas, you could give your friends and family members another Snuggie or Chia Pet, OR you could give them gifts that are truly worth giving. Below, you’ll find a list of gift ideas that will not only bless your loved ones, but will also help change the lives of people around the world.
Hope you enjoy!
Handmade Necklaces from Amazima Ministries
When Katie Davis began reaching out to women in Uganda, she soon discovered that many were turning to prostitution or alcohol brewing to earn income simply because they thought they had no other options. Now through Amazima Ministry’s vocational program, Katie has provided a group of Ugandan women with the opportunity to support their families by making beaded jewelry.
Watch a video of the Amazima ladies hand-crafting their jewelry HERE.
You can help keep these women employed and support the outreach of Amazima Ministries by purchasing this beautiful multi-colored Mosaic
Hearts for Hearts Girls
For the little girls in your life, you might want to consider a Hearts for Hearts Girls doll. Each 18″ doll comes with a unique story about life in her country. You can choose from Lilian (Belarus), Rahel (Ethiopia), Nahji (India), Tipi (Laos), Consuelo (Mexico), and Dell (United States).
World Vision receives a portion of the proceeds from every purchase to support girls in the same country that the doll represents. I know one special little girl who already has Rahel from Ethiopia awaiting her arrival. ;)
Hearts for Hearts Girls are available in stores like Wal-Mart, but Joseph and I found they were even less inexpensive through Amazon.
Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog
You can shop Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog online to choose from a wide array of gifts that save lives around the world. For example, with $9 you can feed a baby for a week, for $15 you can cover a child’s school tuition for one month, or for $35 you can help train and equip evangelists to reach the people of their countries.
Giving through Samaritan’s Purse each Christmas is a wonderful tradition to establish with your children to help open their eyes to the needs of the world around them.
Samaritan’s Purse has special greeting cards that you can use to inform your loved ones about the life-saving gifts you’ve given in their honor.
Shop the catalog and make your donations HERE.
Artwork by Joni Eareckson Tada
Although paralyzed from the shoulders down, Joni doesn’t allow her disability to keep her from pursuing her passion for art. Using only her teeth to hold her pencils or paintbrushes, she creates lovely drawings and paintings like this…
The proceeds from the sale of Joni’s artwork support Joni and Friends, a ministry devoted to changing the lives of those with physical disabilities both in the U.S. and around the world.
Compassion International Catalog
Similar to Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion International also produces a special Christmas catalog where you can choose from a variety of gifts that change the lives of children and their families around the world. You can notify your friends or family members of the gifts you’ve given in their honor by having a professionally printed card mailed to them, or by sending them an e-card.
How often do you have the chance to give away a pig at Christmas time? :)
Shop the Compassion Catalog HERE.
And while you’re thinking about Compassion, why not consider sponsoring a child as a family this year?
Gifts from Jubilee Campaign
In Mumbai, India, Jubilee Campaign is working to free women and children from the horrors of the sex trade. Jubilee Campaign helped construct four homes where young women can live in safety, free from the danger of forced prostitution. The mothers of these young women create jewelry and leather goods to support themselves and their daughters.
100% of donations go directly to the work of Jubilee Campaign’s partner, Bombay Teen Challenge. Shop HERE.
There you have it—a few ideas for gifts that will make a significant difference in the lives of others. You’re going to give, so why not make your giving count?