Holiday Gift Idea: A Chicken? A Goat? A Cow?

by Emilie on December 5, 2011

When I got an email in my inbox last week from Compassion about their Gifts of Compassion Gift Catalog, I jumped with joy.  I love Christmas and I love giving gifts, but I don’t love buying people thing they don’t need and want.  There are a few people in my life (yes you, Dad) that don’t need or want anything and I hate the idea of buying him something he’ll just get rid of in six months.

Since my Dad doesn’t read the blog, or at least I don’t think he does, I’ll spill the beans on his Christmas gift here.  My Dad is going to be getting a couple of chickens and a soccer ball.  Since growing up he hated the chickens roaming the neighborhood and was the guy who got called in when one needed its neck rung, I knew the chickens would make him laugh.  And since he always enjoyed coaching my little brother in soccer, I thought he would appreciate one of those as well.  The best part, my dad isn’t really getting a chicken or soccer ball but somebody in need will.

You can read all the details here about how it works.

I’ve seen similar programs around Christmas time where you can buy something for somebody in need but the prices have always been higher than what I wanted to spend on a gift. To stay in budget I couldn’t give something to one person.  But, the Compassion catalog has items as low as $5 and $10.  Some of my favorites are Garden Seeds ($10), Feed Babies for Survival ($20), and Goats ($45).

I also am a fan of Compassion International.  We support a boy from Colombia through them and it has been a blessing to our family to correspond with him and watch him grow.  The cost to support him is minimal and I’ve been impressed with Compassion’s level of communication with us and how they steward the donations given to them.  We did a lot of research to make sure our dollars were actually making it to the child and felt like we could trust Compassion with that.

You can have a professional printed card sent to the recipient, print a card at home or send them an email with the gift you purchased in their name.  Don’t you love giving somebody in need something that could be life changing?

I’d love to hear how your friends and family respond if they receive something like this? I’d love to get this in my stocking.  We wold also love to hear other creative ways you are generous around the holidays.

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