Sunday, December 15, 2013

Giving Gifts that Make a Difference

The other day I posted about giving. There are lots of ways to give, but sometimes you want to give someone a gift, right? Well, I've been inspired by Vita Familiae to think about giving gifts that make a difference. She makes a list every year of shops, bloggers, friends, etc. who are selling something to help fund their adoption. It's a great list! After seeing her list, I was inspired to make my own.

Shipping deadlines for Christmas are quickly approaching, so shop fast! Already "finished" your Christmas shopping? You can always take stuff back, right?! Or ... maybe you've got birthdays, graduations, or other occasions to shop for?! Feel free to add these items to your own Christmas list ... I did. :)

So, here is a list of gifts for just about everyone on your list that will help someone else. Happy shopping!

These adorable pajama pants are made by women and girls who have been rescued from the sex slave trade. Through sewing these pajamas, they have the opportunity to learn about business and make a better life for herself and her family.

Proceeds from this hardcover Scripture memory book published by The Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, will help provide financially for the family of Ronnie Smith, a follower of Christ who was killed in Syria last week. (You can read more of Ronnie's story here.)

Rethreaded ministers to people affected by the sex slave trade. Shop here to help them do just that!

Buy fair trade gifts—like this Noah's Ark finger puppet set—from artisans around the world.

100% of the profits from these calendars go to fund the ministry of Lifeline Children's Services.

These Scripture memory cards from The Ruby Pearl are so cute! And they help fund this family's adoption from Uganda!

I LOVE these door hangars from From Bham with Love! They'd also look great hanging on a wall. And they help a family bring their child home from Bulgaria! (Their FB page is great too!)

I sure do love yummy candles! And these candles from My Jie Jie and Me are going to help a family go on a mission trip to Eastern Europe.

This bracelet is adorable! And Catju Handmade Jewelry is giving the proceeds from this bracelet to The Haiti Mission Program, which assists the poor in Haiti.

Kurtz Kreations Too is selling these colorful stud earrings (and they're BOGO!). AND they're helping fund this family's mission trip to Haiti!

I'm slightly obssessed with Lip Smackers. And this is serving a great purpose for me—I never have to look for it again! (I couldn't wait for Christmas to ask for this, so I've been using mine for a couple of weeks now.) Plus 30% of the profits from Gabriel's Good Tidings goes to help others. Through the end of the year, that 30% is helping friends who are church planters in NYC.

Any mamas out there looking for an alternative to expensive American Girl doll clothes? Check these out? Get a great deal AND help fund international adoption.

Love these beaded bookmarks from As One Rescued! And the profits go to help fund adoption.

I love these canvas prints! So sweet and small. AND they are helping fund the artist's adoption from Taiwan.

So adorable ... and practical! The items in Standard Goods shop will help fund their adoption from China.

Hender Sweet donates a portion of all proceeds to worthy causes. But several of her items are 100% fundraisers (like this key necklace!).

Lip Balm & Lotion Bars
These would make perfect stocking stuffers ... or even just a "happy" for yourself. :) Proceeds will help this family fund their adoption from Ethiopia.

I'm obsessed with pillowcases. Adopting Nations has a fantastic selection of pillow cases made from designer fabrics. I bought two to use in place of shams in our guest room ... but I'm not sleeping on them. And I will probably buy more in the near future. :) (I also bought an adorable purse from this shop and have LOVED it!) Shopping here will help fund this family's adoption of two children from the Congo.

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