#GivingTuesday is drawing attention to the need to give to those who are less fortunate during the holidays, but there’s no reason it should be limited to just one day, right?
The folks at World Vision believe you can help throughout the holiday season by picking presents that help children in the US and around the world who live in poverty.
World Vision is a humanitarian non-profit organization. The World Vision Gift Catalog lists gifts that are handcrafted that can be given to a loved one, and at the same time help a person in need.
Doesn’t it mean more to you to give something that can be life-changing for the person who created the product?
These are a few choices I liked best from the catalog (with their descriptions, word for word):
– Silver Vines Cuff: This gorgeous adjustable silver cuff bracelet features an intricately laced vine pattern designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. This stunning piece is the result of once mistreated jewelry makers banding together to support their families through fair trade practices.
– Chiang Mai Leather Bands: Loved by both men and women, these expandable wristbands are made to support children of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
– Hand-Woven Headband: This beautiful 100% cotton headband woven by skilled workers in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala helps address urgent needs of children, families, or communities that might otherwise go unmet.
– Colors of Africa Bracelet and Earring Set: This gorgeous Zakale jewelry set is handmade from recycled materials by Kenyan artisans reclaiming their own lives from poverty.
– “Prosperity” Cinnamon Box: Vietnam’s renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree by skilled artisans. It is presented in a beautifully carved cinnamon bark box that bears a common Asian character for prosperity.
– Hand-Carved Serving Spoons: This beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a hand-sewn gift bag of African fabric and can be used as a decoration or for serving.
– Fair-Trade Coffee Set: This set includes coffee from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica blended by OneCup.org and is delivered in a bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women with a hand-carved olivewood scoop.
The group is sending me the Silver Vines Cuff. I believe it’s beautiful. I love knowing it’s created by people who benefit from fair trade practices and entire families reap the rewards.
You also can gift things like animals to families in need—in the name of your gift recipient. This could be especially critical for families overseas.
You can find out more from the World Vision Gift Catalog Facebook page.