As this year's shopping season gets underway, 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 new Barbie doll to an upgraded phone has a place or serves a purpose in our lives (even if that's just providing joy from seeing the snazzy operating system).
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.
Whether it's for the tax deduction or the warm fuzzy feeling giving to others generates, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation over the holiday season and a gift from the World Vision Gift Catalog provides the best of all worlds. Where else can you give knowing it is going where it is needed most while also receiving an amazing handcrafted gift in return?
Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; in the last fiscal year alone more than 186,000 donors purchased more than 475,000 items that raised over $33.7 million. I love seeing numbers like those!
If you've never browsed this wonderful catalog, then just know that you'll find more than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, that are available to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. If money is tight, there are more than 30 gifts in the catalog that sell for $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies.
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.
As I pulled the Hand-Carved Serving Spoons out of their beautiful packaging, I was immediately smitten with the smooth design, the natural colors of the wood and the simplistic beauty of them as a whole.
I love that these would make a perfect gift for holiday entertaining, as each set of olivewood serving spoons comes complete with a hand-sewn fabric bag and is ready right out of the box. At the same time, wouldn't your recipient love knowing that these serving spoons are not only practical and useful but are also benefiting the orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya?
I'm thrilled knowing that I can pull these out at every entertaining opportunity and not only bask in the compliments from my guests, but the knowledge that I can then tell them more about World Vision and the large selection of gift options that they have available!
Last year, more than 350,000 animals were purchased by donors, and while a goat ($75) may be World Vision's number one seller, other popular gifts include sheep, chickens, soccer balls, ducks and education for a child.
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.
To find out more about the World Vision Gift Catalog and to place an order, visit WorldVisionGifts.com or call 855-WV-GIFTS. You can also connect with this incredible company on Facebook and Twitter.
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 a set of Hand-Carved Serving Spoons (ARV $65) from World Vision!
A big thank you to World Vision for providing a set of Hard-Carved Serving Spoons 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.