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Give Gifts with Meaning
World Vision Canada and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada offer gift ideas that reach out, bless others and transform lives. Give someone a gift they’ll never forget this year.

Gifts that transform
This Christmas, share love. Bring joy. Give hope. And if you choose to give gifts, make them meaningful.

  • Many Canadian charities offer catalogues of meaningful, practical gifts that can be purchased in a loved one’s name to help people in need. View World Vision Canada’s 2008 Christmas Gift Catalogue at, and place your order online or by calling 1-800-844-7993.

    A boy in India enjoys the goat his family received through the Harvest of Hope catalogue.

  • As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages works with artisan groups in more than 30 countries to provide jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. Visit

  • Two new anthologies of contemporary Christian writing in Canada make for good reading on cold winter nights. Northern Lights, edited by Byron Rempel-Burkholder and Dora Dueck includes selections by Rudy Wiebe, Preston Manning, Bruce Cockburn, Mark Buchanan and more (Published by Wiley, 2008). Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy Elaine Nelles and N.J. Lindquist, includes selections by Janette Oke, Carolyn Arends, Sheila Wray Gregoire and more (Published by That’s Life! Communications, 2008).

  • Raise money to support The Salvation Army and help families and individuals in need at Christmas and throughout the year. Visit

  • Steve Bell’s new Devotion Tour concert series supports the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s End Hunger Fast program. A gift of tickets will give more than just an evening of inspiring worship music.

  • Grassroots Environmental Products is Canada’s largest green lifestyle retailer, offering products that meet or exceed environmental standards, and observe fair trade, fair labour, and human rights practices.

Originally published in World Watch, November/December 2008.


Alternative gifts for Evangelicals
Check out these organizations to change the way you give.

In a recent Ipsos-Reid poll, 84 percent of Canadians said they would prefer to have a donation made in their name to a charity rather than receive a traditional gift. Many Christian ministries and church agencies are making that easier by publishing Christmas brochures of gifts that help people in need.

Check out these organizations to change the way you give. Visit for a more complete list of groups that may also offer this giving option.

  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Canada: If your passion is evangelism, shop from BGEAC’s catalogue for gifts like Bibles, projector screens and training programs for pastors overseas. Call 1-800-293-3717 to request a copy.

  • Partners International: Partner’s Harvest of Hope catalogue offers gift-giving opportunities from sewing machines to rickshaws and blankets. Call 1-800-883-7697 or visit

  • Samaritan’s Purse Canada: This gift catalogue, available online, features an affordable section of “gifts that kids can give” including seed kits, soccer gear and school supplies among many other items. View at or call 1-800-663-6500.

  • World Relief Canada: Sewing machines, small livestock and water for one family or village are all options. Gifts start at around $30. Available at or 1-800-567-8190.

  • World Vision Canada: Long known for its gift catalogue, World Vision gifts range from the high end of a $600 Mongolian ger (or tent for a family) to two hens and a rooster, its most popular gift item. Visit or 1-866-595-5550. 

Karen Stiller is the associate editor of Faith Today.

Originally published in Faith Today, November/December 2008.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2008





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