By Veronica Batton, writer/editor
Last year, I wrote a blog post giving sponsors 18 small gift ideas to include in their Christmas cards to their sponsored friends. It was a big hit with our sponsors.
But this holiday season, I wanted to give you a couple gift ideas to share with your friends and family.
We all know someone who is really hard to shop for. Sure, he or she will like or appreciate the thought, but my goal with gift-giving is usually making the recipient swoon with delight.
I’ve yet to see this happen.
This year, I’m changing my goals to something a little more rational. Swooning with delight will be replaced with a healthy appreciation, and searching high and low in the stores for the “perfect” gift will not be on my checklist.
I hope with these ideas I’m about to give you, you can finish your holiday shopping in no time and do good for others in the process.
1. Give the gift of sponsorship
$360 = First year of sponsorship
What do you get for the person with everything: a puppy, a sweater or the ability to transform someone’s life?
Option three, of course! Giving the gift of sponsorship allows your friend or family member to open your gift each time their sponsored friend mails them a letter.
Your friend or family member will witness lasting change from your Christmas gift. A child, for example, will be able to go to school and build confidence, eat better, and have access to health care.
By giving the gift of sponsorship, you can introduce someone new to our organization and help a child or elderly person live a more dignified life. What could be a better gift than that?
Accepting contributions from $1 – name your price!
If you’re anything like me, your budget around the holidays gets a little tight. It’s nice to be able to purchase a large gift for someone, but sometimes it’s not always feasible or appropriate.
For smaller gifts, try donating in honor of a friend, family member or your coworkers. Pay tribute to them in a special way while giving families who are living in poverty the gift of hope. Your donation will support our programs with children, youth and the aging friends around the world.
Click here to make a donation using our secure online form. You can print a Christmas card or a general card to notify the person you are honoring of your donation.
If you’ve got a little more spending money, and you want to create memories to last a lifetime, your best bet is giving your friend or family member a chance to travel on a CFCA awareness trip.
Anyone can go on an awareness trip. You don’t have to be a sponsor to participate, but it does make it a little more fun because you can meet your friend!
On an awareness trip, you see what sponsored friends and their families face each day. Visit with them in their homes and experience the country and culture as a tourist never would.
Trips to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean cost $500 per person. Trips to South America cost $600, and trips to Asia and Africa cost $800. This covers food, lodging and most in-country transportation. Airfare is not included.
I hope this helps speed up your gift buying and gives you more time to spend with your family. Good luck, and let the shopping begin!