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Six Unique Christmas Gifts for the Special People in Your Life

November 16, 2021

As the Christmas season approaches, you might be racking your brain thinking of possible gifts for your loved ones.

At MCC, we believe there is no better way to celebrate the season than by helping change lives by addressing hunger, education, health and more.

Through MCC’s Christmas Giving guide, you can help some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the name of your friend or family member.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Gifts for foodies

For the foodie in your life, a gift of $25 dollars can help farmers like Joyce Ngumbao and her husband Pius Kisumo in Kenya to increase their harvests and share festive meals with their neighbors now and throughout the year.

Photo Caption: Joyce Ngumbao dishes up muthokoi, a traditional corn, bean and greens dish, using food raised on her family farm in Kwa Kavisi, Kenya. She serves her husband Pius Kisumo (blue) and neighbors Ajelina Kamutu, Jennifer Muoki (blue) and her daughter Faith Muoki at the family farm in Kwa Kavisi, Kenya. MCC photo/Matthew Lester.

Gifts for business savvy people

MCC has the perfect gift for small business owners, who believe in the old adage of teaching a person to fish — or for the person in your life who enjoys getting out on the lake.

A gift of $350 gives start-up funds for fish ponds and allows farmers like Chun Sokun in Cambodia to diversify their income by selling fish as well as rice.

Working with a stocking stuffer budget? Just $20 stocks a fish pond.

Photo Caption: Chun Sokun casts a net into the family farm’s fish pond. Chun built the pond using no-interest loans from the agricultural cooperative he joined and training from ODOV field agents. The fish and expanded vegetable garden increase the family’s income. MCC photo/Matthew Lester.

Health and wellness gifts

The healthcare worker in your life has likely had a tough year because of the pandemic. What better way to thank them for their service than to help protect people from diseases?

In countries like Burkina Faso, a $7 mosquito net can prevent people like Habibou Diandé from contracting malaria.

Photo Caption: Habibou Diandé shows the type of mosquito net that MCC’s partner, Song Kibse in Burkina Faso, provides for orphans. MCC photo/Kinani Sourabié.

Cute animals, anyone?

We all know at least one person who pets every cat or dog they come across or likes to watch animal videos on their phone. For the pet lover, we recommend giving the gift of a goat for $50.

These adorable animals are easy to raise, can provide milk, or can be sold to help families absorb economic shocks in the event of a failed harvest or a medical crisis.

Photo Caption: Desert goats bask in the morning sun, waiting to be examined by a veterinarian in November 2020. The goats and sheep in this community in the Afar desert in northern Ethiopia were vaccinated against coccidiosis and given a dewormer through an MCC partner organization.  MCC photo/Rose Shenk.

Gifts that empower

Do you have a family member or friend who cares a lot about empowering women and girls?

A $50 gift helps women in Chad learn skills like gardening and soap-making and band together to earn more than they could working alone.

Photo Caption: Women of Ngondong, Chad, receive training on agriculture and new ways to earn money from their land. MCC photo/Colin Vandenberg.

Gifts for educators

The teacher in your life likely knows how important school is for kids who have faced difficulty and trauma in life.

Syrian refugees living in Lebanon can receive tutoring, lessons in self-esteem and support from social workers to help them overcome obstacles. Just $25 helps these girls stay in school  live up to their potential.

Photo Caption: This girl (unnamed for security reasons) and other young Syrian refugee and Lebanese children from Beirut, Lebanon, participate in an art therapy class designed to give psychosocial support to children who have had traumatic experiences. Photo courtesy of House of Light and Hope.

 

Not all gifts cost money, though. This Christmas season could also be a good opportunity to talk about generosity with your children. MCC’s free, printable resource help kids explore the basics of living generously at an elementary school level.

The entire guide is available online at mcc.org/christmas-giving.