With Christmas around the corner, we’re interviewing ChildFund supporters to find out what the festive season means to them and what motivates them to buy Gifts for Good.
For Carol Vleeskens choosing the perfect Christmas gift means finding one that’s meaningful for both the donor and the recipient, and benefits the wider community.
Every year for the past nine years, the New South Wales resident has bought her Christmas presents from ChildFund’s Gifts for Good catalogue, which supports disadvantaged children and families around the world.
Among the charity gifts she’s purchased are mosquito nets to help prevent malaria, fruit trees and vegetable seeds to provide food for families, and study sets to support childhood education. Below, we share what she had to say about how she chooses which charity gift to give for Christmas.
What Does It Mean To Buy Gifts For Good?
Giving Gifts for Good is about sharing a part of herself with her loved ones, says Carol. Social justice is an area close to her heart and she has had a long history working with NGOs in the areas of social welfare and child protection.
“When I first started buying Gifts for Good I was looking for opportunities to support charities in a way that I felt like I could share with people around me that I was passionate about a particular cause,” she says.
It’s about “stirring the social justice gene”, says Carol, and she hopes the Gifts for Good her friends and family receive inspire them to help disadvantaged communities.
“It’s about getting people to recognise that ‘things’ aren’t important as we live in an amazingly privileged country and time, and there are many people who don’t have the same opportunities,” she says.
How Carol Chooses Gifts For Good
Each Gift for Good she buys has been carefully considered. Carol makes sure the gifts align with the recipients’ personalities or interests.
“I will try and match the gift to the person,” Carol says. “For example, I have a friend who works in public health so I gave her the gift that provides children with mosquito nets.”
“If I know someone who is a really good leader in their community, I’ll give them a gift that’s about empowering children and youth to become leaders in their community.”
“If I know someone who is passionate about gardening I might give them one about seeds or trees.”
An Easy Way To Choose Christmas Gifts
In addition to being an expression of her values and having meaning for her friends and family, buying Gifts for Good as a Christmas Gift is easy.
“Gifts for good is fantastic because I don’t have to think!” Carol says. “I don’t have to go to the shops and spend time thinking about what someone has or doesn’t have, or if something is in their colour scheme. I don’t have to don’t do any of that.”
Carol buys Gifts for Good a couple of times a year and find them to be the perfect Christmas and birthday presents.
“I buy a whole heap and keep the Gifts for Good cards in my cupboards because they don’t go off and get eaten like my chocolates!”
Choose Gifts For Good This Christmas
If you’re stuck with the Christmas shopping or need a quick and easy way to choose your Christmas gifts, our Gifts For Good range has you covered.
Be like Carol and browse our Gifts for Good catalogue online. Choose a charity Christmas gift that suits the interests of your friend or family member, and we’ll send you a joyous Christmas Card for them to open on Christmas Day.
Get into the Christmas spirit and give Christmas gifts that give back now.