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Desiree Buitenbos Nov 30, 2021

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Holiday gift guide: 8 affordable gifts that give back

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It’s that time of the year again. Jingle Bells is blaring on the radio, the scent of gingerbread and balsam fir is wafting through the air…and you’re stressing about buying the perfect gifts for friends and family. 

But instead of socks, pyjamas or candles, why not give a gift that defies normal gift giving conventions and taps into the true spirit of the holiday season? 

With Gifts of Hope, your gifts go specifically to one of Plan International Canada’s projects in the communities where we work – fueling lasting impact, unleashing potential and changing real lives around the world!   

No matter your budget, if you’re looking to find meaningful gifts for those special people in your life, look no further.  Many of these gifts are matched with a donation by a government, foundation or organizational partner – multiplying the impact of these gifts up to 8 times in value!  Here are 8 affordable gifts that give back this holiday season: 


It’s deadly, it kills more than 450,000 children every year and it’s entirely preventable: it’s malaria. A mosquito net is a simple solution designed to stop a killer in its tracks. Mosquito bed nets are treated with insecticide and last up to three years. With a focus on malaria prevention, this gift provides bed nets to families and training in how to use them. Help protect children in developing countries, where malaria infections threaten lives year round. This gift is matched 8 times so your $10 gift will have a value of $90. 

Donate a mosquito net

2. BABY CHICKS | $18

This gift is irresistibly sweet and undeniably life-changing. It’s the perfect gift to introduce kids to charity giving can be a great way to start a conversation about the importance of empathy, compassion and giving back to help others.  

The Baby Chicks Gifts of Hope also include training in poultry management and support to build pens, vaccinate chicks and start a thriving business. This gift can help feed a family with nutritious eggs, provide an income for women, and teach girls important poultry management skills to crack open a brighter, better and bigger future.   

Learn more: see how the gift of baby chicks changed lives in El Salvador 

Buy the baby chicks gift

3. School essentials for one child | $18

School essentials for one child

School closures due to COVID-19 have impacted more than 90 per cent of students around the world – including 743 million girls. More than 111 million are in the least developed countries, where accessing education is already difficult.  Fill schools in developing countries with all the essentials to give students the best possible education and the best possible start to a better life. With this gift, you’ll not only be helping provide basics such as textbooks and pencils, you’ll be funding essential school meal programs and teacher training.  

See how digital classrooms are helping Syrian refugee children learn.   

Give this inspiring gift for $18 and have it matched 5 times for a value of $108!  

Donate school supplies

4. Medicine for moms and babies | $22

Medicine for moms and babies

Every year, in many parts of the world, far too many moms and babies die of preventable causesDonate medicine for moms and babies to save lives by providing malaria medications, antibiotics and other important medicines, as well as supplies such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and delivery tables. Give moms and their babies the gift of health and hope for a thriving life together. 

Buy medicine for moms and babies

5. birth CERTIFICATE | $27

girl holds up her birth certificate

A birth certificate is an open door, a bridge, and a shield. It provides access to essential human rights, and bestows an identity, the ability to vote and a say in shaping the world. Particularly for girls, it offers special protection against the perils of child marriage, child trafficking and forced or exploitative labour. Every year, 51 million babies are not registered at birth. Child by child, girl by girl, this gift is changing that.  

SEE ALSO:Why is a birth certificate so important for girls’ rights? 

Buy a birth certificate

6. Buzzing bees | $35

You better bee-lieve it! The small yet mighty bee can open up the doors of income and opportunity for families struggling with poverty, enabling them to make ends meet and provide for their children. Essential to a healthy food supply, the humble bee is responsible for pollinating approximately one third of the food we eat. So when you give the gift of buzzing bees, it not only launches a livelihood and income for women to help pay for housing, health care and food, it’s also helping local crops thrive.This sweet gift includes everything from a hive to honeybees, training, and all the essentials for pollinating a buzzing family business. 

Buy the gift buzzing bees

7. FOOD BASKET | $50

Filled with staples like beans, cooking oil, fortified cereal blends and sugar, it’s a basic food basket with an impact that is anything but. This gift of food for thousands of pregnant women, mothers and young children under five who are malnourished is a critical step to prevent a slide into a life-and-death situation and instead restore children to health.  

Thanks to this gift, over 5,000 tonnes of nutritious food were distributed to children and women in Myanmar refugee camps. 

“I received 54 cans of rice, 7 cans of beans, 2 bottles of oil and some salt,” gratefully recounts Ro, describing some of the contents she secured. 

This year, help feed families in need and donate life saving food baskets.  

Buy a food basket


*Splurge gift*

schoolgirl with knapsack

Girls in many parts of the world have the desire to continue their studies, but not the means. This gift supplies that part of the equation. It provides girls in developing countries with the support they need to carry on with their schooling. This in turn gives them choices about a future that doesn’t only include marriage and motherhood. It gives them the choice to do just about anything. Which in turn, helps their parents, their brothers, their sisters, their communities – everyone – see that girls really can do anything they set their minds to, if only they have the chance. 

SEE ALSO:How Gifts of Hope are keeping girls in school 

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