Friday, November 8, 2013

Gifts That Make an Impact: World Vision Gift Catalog {Review & Giveaway}

World Vision logo
As we head out shopping this holiday season, it's easy to think of the most traditional categories: the hottest toys, the most sought-out electronics, the ultimate in stylish home decor.

Of those, there are some holiday gifts that are practical and there are some that purely for entertainment, either of which is completely fine. After all, everything from a Barbie doll to a new coffeemaker has a place or serves a purpose in our lives.

But what if there was something more? What if there was a way to provide a gift that could be enjoyed, while, at the same time, it helped to instill a sense of compassion? One that gives knowledge and a feeling of global responsibility? Inspiration and encouragement to take action in our lives to make a difference in the world?

That's exactly what is found with World Vision.

World Vision gifts

In the U.S., one in every five children lives in poverty and 44% of America's poor are in "deep poverty," meaning they live below half the poverty line. That number is among the highest ever and includes nearly 10% of all children in the United States!

World Vision provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries and the World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty and provide hope around the world. Can you think of a better fit for the holiday season?

charitable gift catalogFirst, those who want to give a general donation can donate to where it is most needed. Their donation is a one-time gift that will go towards needs that might otherwise go unmet.

Second, shoppers can choose a meaningful, life-changing gift to meet the urgent needs of children here in the U.S. and around the world. These alternative gift ideas include goats, cows, chickens, school supplies, fresh water wells and much more, and have the ability to help children and families in struggling communities from all ends of the earth.

Third, shoppers have the option of sending a card or giving a gift to a friend or family member, wherein that person can receive a beautiful, handmade gift such as hand-carved spoons, a fair-trade coffee set, handmade jewelry and more. That gift accompanies a contribution to the Maximum Impact Fund, which helps in the areas of greatest needs, and the recipient will receive a special card describing the gift and its impact.

charitable gifts

What an amazing opportunity to make an important charitable donation while still giving a meaningful, amazing gift!

And, let me tell you, when one of these gifts arrives and it is absolutely beautiful while demonstrating the generosity of your gift-giver, it's hard to not feel immensely proud and special.

World Vision gift catalog

As I pulled the Prosperity Cinnamon out of its packaging, I was immediately smitten with the delicious smell as well as the simplicity and beauty of the carved bark box.

I love knowing that Vietnam's renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree and that is continues to be sold to benefit generations of hard working families. Not only will I be able to give this beautiful box featuring the Asian character for prosperity (and 3 oz. of cinnamon) as a wonderful gift, but it will also include the overall knowledge of supporting a great cause.

World Vision cinnamon box

I love that this will make such a unique gift but that it will also provide a perfect lead-in to tell people about World Vision and the large selection of gift options that they have available!

The 2013 holiday season marks the 18th annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog and I couldn't be more proud to help support it. In 2012 alone, the World Vision U.S. Gift Catalog raised over $33 million and provided assistance to more than 825,000 people around the world.

giving a goatLast year, more than 67,000 goats were purchased by donors, and while a goat ($75) may be World Vision's number one seller, there are more than 250 items online to choose from (more than 30 gifts in the catalog are $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies).

This holiday season, don't just give a gift. Consider a gift from the World Vision Gift Catalog, knowing that it can significantly improve the life of a child or family in need by providing tools and opportunities to overcome extreme poverty. At the same time, your friends and loved ones will be honored as they read their special card describing the gift and the impact it is making.

Now that's the true spirit of Christmas.

World Vision gift catalog gifts

To find out more about the World Vision Gift Catalog, you can watch their video explaining how the catalog works, visit them at WorldVisionGifts.org, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Plus, thanks to their never-ending generosity, one person will be able to proudly share in the inspirational, life-changing ways of this organization as well, because...

One lucky person will win Prosperity Cinnamon (ARV $85)
from World Vision!

World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon


A big thank you to World Vision for providing Prosperity Cinnamon for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.  

125 comments:

wigget said...

i love that you can donate live animals and clean water

Carla Shiver said...

That's pretty good that they help people in 100 countries and you can help them by knitting.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I like that you can purchase items that really make a difference

Daphne Turner said...

Very comprehensive catalog--and not just handmade items, but animals and water etc.!

kim burnett said...

love that you can donate clean water

jbmthill said...

WOuld love to donate a goat and chickens to provide fresh milk, eggs, yougurt, etc

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Kelly Massman said...

I think it is a good idea to buy a gift and help someone at the same time1 thanks!

Jessica Forrestt said...

This is a great program I love that you can donate animals and clean water. THanks for sharing!
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Anne said...

I saw this catalog last year, unfortunately, too late to buy any of my gifts from it. Thanks for this early reminder!

bison61 said...

I like the catalog - you can also help poverty in the USA

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walk9 said...

I love that you can order beautiful gifts for Christmas and give a gift back to those in need

Chantelle Knick said...

Fantastic! What a wonderful idea - I love that you can purchase gifts for people in need and/or for others and donate...wonderful stuff...thanks so much for sharing this...I had never heard of them before....

aperry said...

what a great idea!! I would love to give back and give a gift.

Rose Red said...

I love that the gifts are unique and are for a great cause. :D

Bethany C. said...

It seems like a very worthy organization to give money to.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful idea! I love that you can buy sustainable gifts as well as consumable ones.

Sandra Davis said...

i think that it is a great opportunity to make a difference it alot of peoples lives.

Renee Walters said...

I love that you can donate animals and clean water and they have some cool things in their gift catalog. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Robin Wilson said...

I am amazed at the diversity of the catalog! What a wonderful company!

jo n said...

A wonderful idea. I like that you also include the U.S.

Angel Kendrick said...

I love it
I like to give gifts that give back !

MariaElena Camacho said...

I have never seen a catalog like this - so many gifts that actually mean something!

Sheri F said...

Beautiful gifts and beautiful causes! As someone else posted, "Gifts that give back!"

Sharon Kaminski said...

I like that you can order gifts online and at the same time make donations.

Carmella Marcheski said...

Truly a gift that keeps giving. what an awesome idea!

Anthony Rapino said...

Very cool, thanks for doing this!

BethElderton said...

I think this is an awesome way to give--things that really make a difference in people's lives. It is interesting that there is an offering for $250 Worth of Necessities in the USA$25.
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Blogger R. said...

Talk about teaching a man to fish...

Great program!

dfrenchkis said...

working for a non-profit teaches you the importance of volunteering and donating to worthy causes

sparklejewelsp59@yahoo.com said...

I have never seen a catalog like this - so many gifts that actually mean something

Carole Ingram said...

I have never heard of this before but it looks really neat! That would be a great tradition to add for our children, I'm going to mention this to my husband. I think our girls would love to help others with this catalog!

Phyllis said...

I love the fact that you can donate different things.

ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

I like the catalog

Leslie Rigsby said...

I think it's great that you can buy specific charitable gifts. What a nice idea.

CatOLuck said...

I like the Fair-Trade Coffee Set.

Debbie Jackson said...

I like the plush goat and pig.

dawn keenan said...

This is a great program to help those in need. I love the idea of giving water and animals to those in need.

Tricia316 said...

I love the Alternative Giving gifts where you donate money to a particular thing, like $35 gives hope to a girl rescued from sexual exploitation, instead of giving someone a material item. They do have those items for sale as well and fair trade practices are in place.

Carrie Phelps said...

I actually just got a catalog in the mail from them. We have a family tradition of having a yankee swap at Christmas so I think I may buy my gift from them.

Niclan80 said...

What I love about the World Vision gift catalog is you can purchase unique gifts that also help families abroad and in the states.

Niclan80 said...

What I love about the World Vision gift catalog is you can purchase unique gifts that also help families abroad and in the states.

emeraldmaz said...

We usually give bunnies, chicks or guinea pige each Christmas. such a great foundation!

Mer said...

What a wonderful idea! And for the people who have everything, the alternative gifts are fantastic. I really like the idea of purchasing an animal and contributing to a community.

PaulineMilner said...

I have shopped with World Vision in the past and will this year. We tend to give animals which are desperately needed. They are a great organizations with a wonderful reputation. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

The Perfect Bridesmaid said...

I love this organization. I do this every year
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Tracy Jones said...

I like the idea of giving the gift of farm animals. I think we are going to start doing this.

Cynthia Ravenshaw said...

This is what the holidays are all about. Giving and showing love for one another. Love this catalog!

Tiffany M. Oharriz said...

I love catalog and donating clean water that is awesome!

Chris Burrell said...

I wish there were more companys out there doing this

Kimberly said...

I love that the catalog helps empower impoverished children!

Jessica said...

I love gifts that are beautiful but also give back. And I love knowing how my dollars are helping elsewhere.

Barrie Mac said...

I LOVE this idea and it is PERFECT for my SIL!! I love the idea of purchasing a gift that is supporting someone else.

Allison Downes said...

I really love that you can donate clean water

Thank you for the nice giveaway!

bettycd said...

I was amazed at the stats for hunger in the US. 1 in 5 children live in poverty. There are affordable family food kits, clothing and shoes, school supplies or simply hygiene kits for here in the US. I'm thinking if 1 in 5 children live in poverty and are not getting adequate food/clothing/hygiene items - you are talking about numbers that far exceed even the recent superstorm devestation that move so many to donate. Sometimes we never see what needs help right in our home towns. This program has included multiple donations that are local

Kelly Nicholson said...

i think world vision is intersting although i never heard of them

The Fischer Family said...

I have been in love with the work that World Vision does for years! I'm hoping as our kids get older that we will do a World Vision Christmas one year and send the money we would spend of gifts to World Vision to help needy families all around the world.

Natalie U. said...

Great idea...I'm am going to donate to fund a loan this Friday on my payday and also ask my daughter to join in...this is great that you get to follow the lendee

Helga said...

I like that they increase awareness of all the suffering in thw world, like in the Phillipines and Syria.

SueZH said...

Beautiful way of remembering Christmas.

Treesa said...

I love that it's for a good cause

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cheryl lister said...

The catalog has beautiful items and I love that they are made from local artisans. World Vision is worth supporting, even without extra gifts.

Sarah said...

Great idea!

Ken Ohl said...

looks like a terrific organization and all there good works. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Melissa Cushing said...

I like that I am helping others first and foremost! Then.... while helping others you can provide gifts for loved ones, etc.... Love this giveaway!

Karen F said...

I think it is a great way to help others.

jcwega27 said...

I like the idea of helping people

Anne said...

I love the catalog and think it is a great cause

Pam Gurganus said...

I visited their website and am so glad to have found out about this organization! The vision and work is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Urd-chan said...

I love that you can help others while buying great gift items. Win-win!

Molli Vandehey said...

i love the idea of doing something for charity and for your family at the same time

mkjmc said...

I love that you can donate animals that will keep on giving and giving

tammmm said...

The gifts are beautiful and unique and it's all for a great cause.

Jennifer Quirky Momma said...

I would love, one day, to be able to travel to a country where I could use my hands to physically help those in need. I hope we can do it as a family some day. The catalog is great and right up my alley as far as service and assistance goes.

Stacy said...

I like that you can give Micro Loans to people so that they can learn to help themselves.

wen budro said...

I love the catalog and the concept of helping with every purchase.

won said...

I think the catalog and the concept are great, particularly in this day and age where people seem to be more in touch with wanting to help.

Wendy T

Amy said...

This is a wonderful way to give back and get great products

Elise Johansen Harvey said...

I think it's a fantastic way to encourage economic assistance.

Frugalista Mama said...

I love all the handmade items

autumn grace said...

Great needs and uses to help everyonE.Nice HANDMADE PRODUCT !!!!

Melissa Storms said...

I love the whole idea of the World vision catalog and think I will use it this Christmas.
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mecarolks said...

I like the catalog it helps a lot of people.

Jodi Holmes said...

I like the Fair-Trade Coffee Set. Definitely a must have!

polly said...

Would be nice if everyone could help by purchasing!

polly said...

Would be nice if everyone could help by purchasing!

Laurie Nykaza said...

I get this catalog and to give the gift of animals to help people is so amazing and clean water too

Laurie Nykaza said...

I get this catalog and to give the gift of animals to help people is so amazing and clean water too

momof2 said...

I love this catalog more than I can say. It is so fantastic that you get the privilege of helping others while getting great product. I will keep this company in mind.

Carly Friebel said...

They're very caring and generous! I'm glad I am aware of them now.

Michelle said...

I like how you can gifts from artisans around the world

PAIGE said...

I think the catalog is inspiring and thought provoking.
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ava_ann2001 said...

I think it's a wonderful and unique solution to such a huge issue.

Bo said...

I love how you can search the catalog by category - it makes it so easy to find gifts for people based on what causes they want to help!

Nancy Hall said...

I like the catalog. It is great to be helping others that really need it.

sd4david said...

It is great we can donate clean water. It is hard for many of us to imagine how valuable a goat is to people outside the US

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Mary said...

I love this program! It's working to help keep food on the table for families in third world countries

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I am glad to see the clean water as a gift to third world countries.

sweetsue said...

I love how helpful the gifts are. They provide long term help instead of a bandage.

Christina Carattini said...

I love the concept. I think it's a great lesson not only for our children, but also people as a whole. To give something life changing is better than any material gift you can buy.

Paol Trenny said...

I love their concept of donating livestocks and things to help out people in need. Or the donation of water

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My Wild Crazy Life said...

I love the World Vision Catalogue. My mother in law was reading to me the other day about how you can buy a cow and two goats and get free ducks, chickens and feed. We giggled, but truthfully, it's the perfect gift for me
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Stephanie Ferrell, CFRE said...

World Vision is a great organization and its catalog is full of wonderful holiday gift ideas --- although they make great gifts year-round. They prosperity cinnamon would make such a unique gift.

mary gardner said...

i love their catalogue and the idea behind it. there is nothing greater than donating things people can use to better themselves.

tracey said...

i love that i can help others with clean water
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Misha Estrada said...

I love all of the choices they have to give. This would be great to get for those people who have everything, or are hard to buy for.

helen may said...

It's nice that you can donate basic necessities to people in need.

c ra said...

The cinammon looks delicious. I like that this organization helps others.

Gianna said...

They sound like wonderful gifts that keep on giving.

Stephen Alexander said...

It's a great idea!

coriwestphal said...

I think this is a great idea! You get to help out a family, children, people in need. And you get something wonderful and handmade to boot!

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YittleCat said...

I love how you can pick various animals and other items that will help with specific needs.

Karen Drake said...

I really like the way you can pick what you want to gift, live animals, clean water or whatever, it is a great concept.

debhs said...

I love that so much is accomplished through their sales, child protection, clean water,emergency care..on and on - Amazing!
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blew415 said...

Its a great idea and such wonderful gifts

barbara stenby said...

very nice things for gifts & a good cause

jandsfox_143 said...

It's a wonderful cause and offers great things!
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mich0825 said...

It's a great catalog with a variety of choices.

saturdaynightfever said...

Great resource for altruism; I especially like the clean water!

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Karrie Millheim said...

I love that the products are unique. and knowing when I buy I am helping give back

jessica holybee said...

what a wonderful idea

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway…the World Vision Gift Catalog enables you to assist people throughout the planet by purchasing tangible items that are needed in their family or community, or buying goods that they make themselves. World Vision is a trusted organization that has been vetted by independent auditors, so you know your money is being spent helping people.

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I love the concept and catalog! Great ideas! lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

csue said...

It's a great idea.