Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas -- Help Improve the Quality of Life of Others by Giving Handmade Gifts from the World Vision’s Gift Catalog -- Review and #Giveaway #GiftCatalog

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Gift Catalog
Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; more than 844,000 people helped someone through the Catalog in the last fiscal year alone.

When I starting thinking about gifts I wanted to include in my holiday gift guide this year, handcrafted gifts that through sales would benefit those in need kept popping in my head.  I don't know about you, but when the holidays roll around, I find myself being reminded that giving and helping those in need is what matters most.  Then, I remember the World Vision Gift Catalog and how I shared about this annual gift giving catalog back in 2012.  Wow, I can't believe it has been that long since I last mentioned it.  So, I thought 2014 would be a perfect time to revisit and remind readers about World Vision.  

About World Vision:

"World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve the world's poor — regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information on their efforts, visit or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews

World Vision is not like other organizations that use a large percentage of your donations for marketing, fundraising and administrative costs, Instead, World Vision uses 83 percent of their total operating expenses for programs that directly benefit children, families, and communities. For every $1 donated—on average— it becomes $1.15 worth of impact to children and communities worldwide because of World Vision's unique ability to get donated goods, funds, and grants.  Just knowing this, makes me want to support this Christian humanitarian organization, especially around the holidays.

Want to join me in helping World Vision provide for those in need?  Why not start by checking out their annual gift catalog, where a large portion of your gift purchases will go to those in need. With more than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, all available for purchase  online and through the print catalog, your gift purchase will help improve the quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  If you struggle to find the perfect cause to donate to for the holidays or really want to see your money going to support those in need, then know that when you give to World Vision, your gift is truly appreciated and it put to good use, helping those who need it most. 

Just look as some of the popular handcrafted gifts perfect for holiday baking or entertaining, that you will find in this year's World Vision Gift Catalog:

Prosperity Cinnamon: Know a friend or family member who loves to bake? Each beautifully-carved cinnamon bark box contains 3 oz. of cinnamon and bears a common Asian character for prosperity. Vietnam's renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree, sold to benefit generations of hard-working families.$85


Fair-Trade Coffee Set: For the coffee lover, this 12 oz. coffee set is blended by, using delicious flavors from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica, and is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. $65

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons: A perfect gift for holiday entertaining, each beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. $65


When it comes to the holidays, I love hosting dinners and gathering to get family and friends together,  And, I always find myself struggling to find serving spoons for the salad or other side dish.  Oh, how the Hand-Carved Serving Spoons from World Vision would add an elegant look to my buffet table, while also prompting discussion about how through sponsorship of a child, a single monetary donation or even a purchase through the holiday gift catalog will help those in need.  

Isn't it nice when you know your hard earned money that you donate is going to a family that truly needs it?  It is also nice to know that you can also purchase gifts to share with family and friends that are handcrafted by people all around the world who are benefiting from you support -- kind of like a full circle support and appreciation.  You get to share wonderful one of a kind wares with family and friends, and the money spent on these cherished gifts goes towards families in need, who love to show of their artisan skills.  See even those struggling and need of support always find time to give back in some way, even if they aren't financially able.  That is why your support with gift purchases made from the World Vision Gift Catalog this holiday season would make a world of difference for children, women and families all over the world.  Don't stress over what to get those hard to shop for people on your holiday list.  Instead, choose a handcrafted item, like the Hand-Carved Serving Spoons or even the Fair-Trade Coffee Set that they can enjoy, while also feeling good knowing that your gift is supporting others.  It truly is better to give -- and in this case, you are giving two times - through a gift purchase for family and friends and also to help those in need, all while keeping the appreciation and love for handcrafted one-of-a-kind gifts alive.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, visit or call 855-WV-GIFTS.

Don't forget to follow World Vision on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news, seasonal offerings and more...

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World Vision on Twitter -- @WorldVisionNews (when tweeting, use hashtag #GiftCatalog)


I am so excited to give two (2) lucky readers the chance to win a beautiful gift from this year's World Vision Gift Catalog.  The gifts up for grabs are a Guatemalan headband and a Chiang Mai Leather Band.  I will draw two winners, and the first will win the headband and the second will win the leather band.  

Want a chance to win one of these lovely handmade gifts?  Then, complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. My daughter is going on a missions trip to Guatemala and I would love to give this to her. I would definitely choose the headband.

  2. I entered the Susie's Hope giveaway.