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