Holiday Gifts That Put Children First

November 11, 2019

Wondering what to get for friends and family this year? Consider sending a UNICEF Inspired Gift in their name, and help vital supplies reach children in need.

Would you like to make this season of giving truly meaningful? If you're still wondering what to get for that person who has everything or anyone who believes in shopping for good, then it's hard to find a present that has more impact than a UNICEF Inspired Gift.

UNICEF Inspired Gifts are vital supplies you can send to vulnerable children in honor of anyone on your holiday list. Things like warm winter clothing that children in refugee camps desperately need, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food that can bring a malnourished child back to life, and vaccines to protect children from preventable deadly diseases.

UNICEF Inspired Gifts are things children can't do without yet they are so easy to give. All you have to do is choose your gift and dedicate it to your friend or loved one with a personalized holiday greeting. UNICEF will take it from there, delivering the supplies into the field where they can make a world of difference to a child in need. 

Spend $25 on mosquito nets in the Child Health gift category, for example, and UNICEF will deliver mosquito nets to protect ten families from malaria. In Nutrition, $90 buys enough therapeutic milk to treat three children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There is a wide range of price points, from $24 for 5,000 water purification tablets to the $500 Survive, then Thrive! combo pack, which includes a full range of emergency supplies, including polio vaccines.

“In the winter, it gets very cold and starts snowing,” explains Besan, one of the many children in Jordan who UNICEF will keep warm this winter through the distribution of winter clothing. “We got jackets, scarves and sweaters. This sweater will always keep me warm. I will wear it at home and at school.” Send an Inspired Gift to give winter clothes to help support children in need. © UNICEF/UN0278482/Herwig

Once again, UNICEF is gearing up to deliver clothes, blankets and other assistance to families in Syria and six other countries across the Middle East and North Africa. An Inspired Gift of warm winter clothing for a child ranges from $28 for a set sized for an infant to a $65 set for a 16-year-old, including a jacket, trousers, fleeces, strong shoes or boots, a scarf and hat. 

Ajwa, 4, showsthe  ink mark on her little finger confirming that she has received polio vaccine during Polio – National Immunization Day at Lahore railway station in Lahore Punjab Province, Pakistan. Help children get vaccinated by sending them a UNICEF Inspired Gift. © UNICEF/UNI217677/Zaidi

Buying an Inspired Gift can also support UNICEF's global efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable disease. These vital humanitarian gifts range from $40 packages of the measles vaccine — 100 doses to protect 50 children from the disease — to $71 gifts that provide tetanus shots for 200 children. If you're looking for something more affordable, just $20 will buy a portable carrier to keep vaccines cold during the long journeys health workers often take to reach children in remote communities.

Camila, 6, draws in her classroom using UNICEF school supplies in Maracaibo, Venezuela in September 2019. UNICEF will provide back-to-school kits to 300,000 Venezuelan children to reduce school dropout rates in the country by giving children the basic materials to attend classes. You can also support their quality education too, by sending UNICEF Inspired Gifts. UNICEF/UN0344391/Orozco 

An Inspired Gift can help provide children with a quality education by outfitting a classroom with pencils and exercise books, art supplies or math lesson materials. A gift of $210 will pay for a School-in-a-Box kit filled with enough educational supplies to keep at least 40 children learning. Or send jump ropes or soccer balls to help kids in emergencies get a chance to play and be kids again. The UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces in refugee camps and settlements for displaced families are designed to facilitate both learning and recreation, as both are critical to a child's development and well-being.

Three-year-old Ahmed eats Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a tasty peanut paste used to treat severe acute malnutrition, at a UNICEF-supported mobile nutrition clinic in a displacement camp in Ainabo, in the Sool region of Somaliland. The camp hosts families displaced by the ongoing drought in Somaliland. Send an Inspired Gift to bring severely malnourished children back to life. © UNICEF/UN0304536/English

Nutrition-related gift options include a two-month supply of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) — a "miracle" treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition ($55) — or a year's supply of vitamin sprinkles for two toddlers ($30).

UNICEF works nonstop to deliver lifesaving nutrition, health care, education and protection to children in over 190 countries and territories. UNICEF Inspired Gifts are an opportunity for donors to support these efforts by purchasing specific items to help vulnerable children survive and thrive. 




Top photo: Students at the UNICEF-supported Bibi Amina Girls High School in Panjshir, northern Afghanistan. ©UNICEF/UN01340408/Dejongh