5 Survival Gifts for Babies & Toddlers That Will Change Their Lives

This post is sponsored by UNICEF Canada. All opinions are our own.


We’re sharing our favorite UNICEF Canada Survival Gift ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Check them out!

As you’re making your list and checking it twice this holiday season, don’t forget to add a few gifts that give back and help kids in need. After all, giving to others is at the very heart of the holiday season. We are proud to partner with UNICEF Canada to share a few of their Survival Gift ideas that benefit the most vulnerable age groups: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each of these gifts provides something vital to a child’s survival and makes a real impact not just on their present, but on their future. We’ll check them out in a moment, but first let me explain a bit how UNICEF Canada works.

How do Survival Gifts from UNICEF Canada Work?

When you buy a Survival Gift from UNICEF Canada, your purchase goes directly to those who need it most. You choose the gift, and UNICEF makes sure it gets to the right place at the right time. You can even choose to donate it in honor of a friend or loved one and personalize a special card that will be sent to them to let them know.

With over 60 lifesaving gifts available, it’s easy to pick a Survival Gift that really resonates with you or your recipient. For example, if your mom is a nurse, she would love knowing that you donated Polio vaccines in her honor.

Ready to check out a few of my favorite Survival Gifts for kids ages 0-5? It was a tough choice, but I narrowed it down to my top five picks.

5 Survival Gifts for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

  1. Newborn Kit

Give a brand-new babe a healthy start to life with the Newborn Kit. For just $22, your gift provides prenatal supplements for mom-to-be, a blanket for warmth, and essential vaccines to protect against polio, measles, and tetanus.

  1. Plumpy’ Nut


While we’re trying to avoid packing on the pounds from all those cakes and cookies during the holidays, children in developing nations are trying to avoid losing yet more weight from lack of good nutrition. Plumpy’ Nut is a peanut-based therapeutic food that helps give malnourished children a fighting chance. Just three packets a day can help them gain up to two pounds in one week. For $58, your gift helps 35 children.

  1. Reunite a Child with Their Family

When I saw the Reunite Child with Family Survival Gift, tears immediately sprang to my eyes. Can you imagine being separated from your child? There are so many different reasons that it happens to children of all ages. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to know that you helped bring them back together? For just $26, this gift covers the cost of transportation, so a child can travel home and be reintegrated with their family and community.


  1. Early Childhood Development Kit

The Early Childhood Development Kit is a gift that keeps on giving. Education is vital to helping developing nations continue to, well, develop. This $270 kit includes plenty of puzzles, games and educational toys that help 50 children learn through play…my favorite way to learn! Numerous studies show that a good preschool foundation offers numerous long-term benefits, including socioeconomic benefits both to the child and society. Besides, every child deserves a chance to have a little fun, especially during the holidays!

  1. Storytime Pack

You might not think of books as a survival item, but literacy can literally change lives. Like early childhood education, it not only offers the immediate benefit of giving kids a chance to be kids and stimulating imaginations, it also sets the groundwork for major benefits down the line. Think about all the things you wouldn’t be able to do if you didn’t know how to read. Seriously, do it. Look around your home for just a few minutes and pretend that all the words in front of you are meaningless hieroglyphs. Disconcerting, isn’t it? The Storytime Pack is just $22 and reaches 5 children.

Each of these Survival Gifts will enrich a young child’s life in a truly meaningful way. There are many more amazing gifts for all age groups on UNICEF Canada’s website that touch a variety of different needs and fit into every budget.

Connect with UNICEF Canada on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with all their wonderful news! Follow the conversation by using the hashtags #SurvivalGifts and #RealGiftsRealImpact!


Which of these Survival Gifts for babies and toddlers would you choose? Is there another gift from UNICEF that you love even more? Share below!


28 thoughts on “5 Survival Gifts for Babies & Toddlers That Will Change Their Lives”

  1. For me its always number one is to reunite a Child with Their Family – specially this season its would be very important for children to feel that they are being loved and cared for first and foremost by their family.

  2. What a wonderful way of giving, especially in this around of time. It’s amazing to know that a little donation could light up other peoples’ lives.

  3. These gift ideas are wonderful and its good to see that they actually are beneficial to the receiver.I am off to check how I can support this.

  4. Oh wow how amazing is that to think you can reunite a child with their family! That’s a really special thought right there!

  5. Oh wow how amazing is that to think you can reunite a child with their family! That’s a really special thought right there!

  6. Oh wow how amazing is that to think you can reunite a child with their family! That’s a really special thought right there!

  7. I can’t believe that a small donation can help reunite a child with his family and help a newborn live a healthy life. I will definitely keep this in mind when I am looking for gift ideas.

  8. This is a wonderful idea – next time I’m struggling for gifts to give to people who have everything they need, I will remember this. Reuniting a child with their family would be such a special thing to be able to help with. I really can’t imagine being separated from my children, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

  9. This is such a great way to give back at the holidays. UNICEF is an amazing organization and I l love how it’s helping others.

  10. Wow, what a needed change of pace from all the holiday posts I’ve been seeing lately. I love this! Such a great way to bring awareness.

  11. This is such a thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing ways to help these babies. The newborn kits are such a great idea and Plumpy Nut is life changing for underweight babies. These are great ideas to help.

  12. I absolutely adore your post. During a season with an overload of materialistic ads it’s refreshing to see stories on supporting others with meaningful gifts that gift back and are literally life changing. Wishing you a beautiful Holiday.

  13. All of the survival gifts from Unicef are tugging at my heart but the Reunite a Child with Family made me cry. What an amazing way to help those in need.

  14. It’s going to be tough adjusting to a new baby especially if it’s your first! I think these are really sweet gifts for new parents! I also love the gift suggestions for toddlers and preschoolers!

  15. Oh my gosh, being able to reunite a child with their family for so little of a donation? That’s a worthy way to impact lives. Awesome that you shared it.

  16. This is absolutely amazing! Such a great way to give back this holiday season or any time of the year! Thanks for sharing this!

  17. This is truly amazing! We get so caught up over buying things that our loved ones don’t even need, and we forget about those that need simple everyday necessities. This is a great reminder to give back to those that really need it.

  18. It’s amazing how big of an impact we can make with so little money to those in developing countries. These are all wonderful ways we can give back.

  19. What a wonderful way to give back this holiday season. I know I already have way too much stuff. I’d be honored if someone purchased a survival gift for someone in need in my name.

  20. So many ways to give back this season and every season. Thank you for putting this list together to remind us to not lose focus on those suffering.

  21. Kim Byars Croisant

    This will change lives!! I’m proud to partner with the elementary school in adopting not one angel but two. It’s just good to do.

  22. I love the idea of the ability to reunite a child with their family. It is hard enough for those in other countries that struggle with poverty, but to not be able to be with their family. This would totally be the best give of all to be able to give.

  23. These are all great, but if I had to choose, I’d choose the Childhood Early Development Kit. I think that’s so important.

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