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Give a gift with meaning this holiday season

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays yet? Normally I am done holiday shopping by now, but sadly, I haven’t started shopping for my family yet. Our kids are young adults now and all they want is cash or gift cards. Sigh… So far the only gifts I’ve purchased are for my co-workers.

I honestly don’t like to gift cash or gift cards. I don’t mind getting them as gifts, but giving gifts I would much rather give something tangible that can be unwrapped. Yes, I know, you can unwrap a gift card or cash, but it’s not the same as unwrapping a special gift.

I always try to put a lot of thought into gifts. I’m not one to follow what’s “hot” for the season. What is “hot” this season will be long forgotten come January 1st. I’m sure many people know what I mean.

I’ll give you some examples.

Last year our daughter and my husband got stuck in a really bad ice storm (thankfully our son was home with me). Our daughter was stuck in her car for hours. She didn’t have gloves, a hat, blanket… nothing to keep her warm. She was also starving and had no water. For Christmas I gave her a tote box filled with essentials – blanket, hat, a few pairs of socks, gloves, hand warmers, water, snacks, first aid kit, flashlight and more. I gift my husband something similar, but his included foods he could cook in the microwave (he was stuck at work) and a pillow (he had to sleep in the lounge).

Another year I gifted my husband a lot of Christmas Story products (from the movie A Christmas Story) including the Red Rider gun, Simonize, Little Annie Decoder Ring, Lifebouy soap and more.

I also like to do charitable things during the holidays. I donate a lot of toys to Toys for Tots, clothing for the homeless, and food donations.

There is a way you can gift a very meaningful gift AND help out people in need at the same time. Consider a gift from the World Vision gift catalog.

I have written about the World Vision gift catalog many times over the years. I appreciate the work that the organization does to help those who are less fortunate from around the world, including the United States.

World Vision has many different options to choose from. You can give gifts that directly help others, such as medical supplies, food, clean water, clothing and even animals that provide food (chickens for eggs, goats for milk, sheep for wool…).

You don’t actually purchase these gifts, meaning you are not going to have a goat show up at your front door. Instead, World Vision takes the monetary gift you use to purchase the gift, and they purchase the goat (for example) and deliver it directly to a family or village that needs it the most.

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The prices for such gifts range in price, so there are plenty of options to suit any budget. I saw gifts as low as $12 (bible) and $16 (soccer balls) upwards to hundreds of dollars, even has high as $2,620 for twenty eight farm animals.

If you prefer gifts that you can give to others (or keep for yourself), consider World Vision’s handcrafted gift options. The money used to purchase the gift goes where it is needed the most, and in return, you receive a beautiful, handcrafted item (or items) that you can keep for yourself or give to others. It’s a “win-win” situation all around.

Some items available for purchase include jewelry, home decor, holiday ornaments and coffee, to name a few.

One of the newest additions to the World Vision handcrafted gift selections is the Grace Collection by actress Patricia Heaton.

I adore Patricia Heaton. I met her once, many years ago in Los Angeles. She is so sweet! She’s very down to Earth too. She stared in my all time favorite sitcom, The Middle. 

Last year she had designed the Hope bracelet. This year Patricia introduces a beautiful bracelet, necklace and scarf. called The Grace Collection.

The Grace Collection by Patricia Heaton was designed by Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton, exclusively for World Vision, and handmade by artisans in India who are thriving through fair trade business.

“Even when I’m not with my sponsored child, Gracious, I feel connected with her. I designed the Grace Collection as a wearable reminder that we are all bound together, like the branches of a tree; the roots flourishing when we care for each other. The necklace, charm bracelet and scarf in the collection have a simple, contemporary elegance that signify how one act of generosity can light up an entire community.” – Patricia Heaton.

World Vision was kind enough to send me all three pieces to check out for myself.

I have been wearing the bracelet a lot since I received it to review. It’s lovely to look at and it feels very comfortable on my wrist. I have a thick wrist and sometimes bracelets are too small. This one fits just right.

The bracelet is approximately 9″ round, made with glass beads (1cm round), gold-tone iron ring and tree charm (3/4″ round) on an elastic thread. Each is unique – size and color may vary slightly.

The elastic thread ensures the perfect fit on almost any wrist.

I love now it almost has two different looks to it. One side of the bracelet has soft, almost like a Robin’s egg colored blue, beads. The other side has a metallic look to it. The lovely tree charm finishes the look, and acts as a bridge from one side of the bracelet to the other.

I really like the necklace a lot too. Most of my necklaces are 18″ – 20″ in length. This necklace is 24″ in length with a 2.5″ extender. It is made with a gold-tone alloy metal that will not tarnish.

Now that the colder weather is here, I tend to wear tops with a higher neckline and sweaters. This necklace looks great on whatever I wear. It is also one of those pieces of jewelry that works well whether you are running errands around town, at work, or a night on the town.

I’m not really a scarf person, so I gave the scarf to my daughter. It’s not that I don’t like it (I do!). I just don’t wear scarves (my daughter does).

The scarf is made from 100% viscose, approximately 21 1/2″ wide x 59″ around. The cuff is 8.5″ long x 3/4″ wide leather strap with a nickel-free silver-tone buckle.

I like the strap/buckle on the scarf. It’s unique. You get a beautiful blue/green colored scarf with a strap that looks like a watch strap (in a good way). I like it. You can also remove the strap if you don’t like it, or if it doesn’t match with your attire.

These pieces are sold individually, as well as a three piece collection.

It’s important to note that World Vision gifts are tax deductible (refer to each item for the amount you can deduct).

If you are looking for a gift that has meaning and purpose, consider a gift from the World Vision gift catalog.

If you would like to check out these and other gifts, visit Donate.WorldVision.org/GiftCatalog. Please note the world “donate” at the beginning of the site’s URL. To find the various gifts (such as hand crafted), look at the gray bar at the top of the page, and use the arrows on the side of the gray bar to move back and forth.

World Vision can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever checked out the World Vision gift catalog? What do you think about the gift options?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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