A New Kind of Christmas Gift Guide!
Still looking for that perfect gift? Don’t know what to get that one person who is notoriously difficult to buy for? Wait…you haven’t even started your Christmas shopping?! Well look no further! No matter what your budget is, this is a one-stop-shop for the perfect gift – a gift they’ll remember for years, a gift that can change the course of a child’s life.
Despite our economically tough times, we’re still (on average) unbelievably prosperous. If you, like me, have had enough disposable income to go to Starbucks, fill up your car or buy a pair of shoes in the last month, you’re richer than most women worldwide. And if you’ve ever seen the despair of poverty and hunger or heard about the evil of human trafficking – ever wondered what difference one person could ever make in the world – you already have the ability to make a dent in the darkness.
A blanket. A fruit tree. An education. The smallest gift can break the strongest cycle.
Listed below are several gift ideas from Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision, two Christian ministries that meet both physical and spiritual needs around the world. Prices range from under $10 to $200. You could give a family clean drinking water in honor of a family member. Or, instead of giving those tri-flavored popcorn tins to your co-workers, you could purchase life-saving mosquito nets in their name. Use it as a witnessing opportunity with your neighbors. Start a new family tradition. Be someone’s Christmas miracle!
$10 or less
- For the price of a Starbucks Eggnog Latte, you can provide milk for a child in an orphanage or hospital for an entire week
- In some countries, a single mosquito bite can mean certain malaria and eventual death. $10 purchases a mosquito-repelling bed net to prevent a disease that claims 800,000 lives each year, most of which are children
- What we typically spend on a fast food meal provides a week’s worth of hot meals for a child in Mongolia while she learns about God’s Word and hears the Gospel
- You never know the value of a clean blanket until you don’t have one. For just $6, you can give the comfort and security of warmth to an expectant mother, sick child or refugee
$25 or less
- For the price of a DVD, you can give a family drought-resistant seeds. Along with getting the nutrition of whole-foods like green beans and potatoes, the surplus can be sold for income.
- Many people in developing countries are sick because they don’t have clean water to drink or cook with. $15 can fix that for a whole family!
- Just $16 feeds a struggling family right here in the US for a day and for $22, their children can get the school supplies they need
- The amount it costs to download a book on Amazon can give 5 New Testaments in the language of people who are in refugee camps or hospitals
$50 or less
- For the price sweater, you can give over $400 worth of medications like antibiotics and de-worming medicine and surgical supplies
- A dinner-for-two restaurant bill can translate to 5 fruit trees, giving a family food and creating new jobs
- $35 provides an education for a girl in Cambodia. Her school fees, supplies and uniforms – all for just $35!
- Stocking a fish pond creates a source of food and a sustainable income for a community
- $50 helps pay for a dairy cow which produces up to 5,000 gallons of milk in its lifetime
$75 or less
- Rescue a child from begging in the street or working in a sweatshop by providing them with shelter, skills training and basic living needs
- $70 gives a new future to an orphan in Zambia who lost his parents to AIDS by sending him to school
- For the price of those cheese and sausage gift sets, you could give a family a goat, providing milk and added income
- Help build a home for a family that’s recovering from a natural disaster
- For $55, a family in war-torn Sudan can get the food, medicine and supplies they desperately need
$100 or less
- For girls in Cambodia or India, walking to school isn’t worth the risk of being abducted or attacked. But with a bicycle, she can travel to and from her home more safely. For the price of a pair of jeans, you can give a girl the security and confidence to venture out and create a new future
- Rescue young girls who have been lured into prostitution. They can get counseling, food, medical care and job training and be restored to physical and spiritual health at places like the World Vision Trauma Recovery Center
- $100 gives a business loan to a woman who’s been affected by AIDS
$150 or less
- For the price of a new coat, you can break the cycle of poverty in a woman’s life. $120 provides her with training for a vocational skill like carpentry or sewing, empowering her with a sustainable income and the means to care for her children
- Equip a missionary doctor to provide medical care overseas
$200 or less
- Help a family bring home the bacon – literally! One sow can give birth to 20 piglets a year, providing a family a source of income along with protein
- Translates to $1,000 worth of food in Africa!
This Christmas, you’re a click away from ending poverty, illiteracy, injustice, and exploitation – one life at a time. “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
Katie McCoy is the editor of BiblicalWoman.com and is pursuing a PhD in Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. When she’s not reading for her classes (a rare occasion!), she loves hanging out with friends, eating sushi, learning new words and is currently a political news junkie. Connect with Katie on Facebook or Follow her Twitter!