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The Best Christmas Gifts for Under $100

This World Children’s Day, on 20 November, is a special day for ChildFund Australia and the children and young people we work with. It’s a day to promote and protect children’s rights, and recognise the challenges that children around the world face – and the many ways we can continue to support them and their communities to break down these barriers.

Children around the world want a better future

We have reached the halfway point to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While change is happening, we’ve lost momentum in improving the lives of people and the planet. There is still more work to be done to address our collective health, safety and wellbeing, especially for children.

To better understand these challenges, we asked young people around the world about standing up against injustice and what changes they want to see in their communities.

“Youth are the changemakers of a nation. They can stand up for themselves and exercise their rights as young people in their society. They are free to do anything that they feel can benefit the country. Young people have the power to bring change.”

Silvania, 17, Timor-Leste
Silvania, 17, Timor-Leste

“I want to see young people in my community learn how to use the Internet to have a positive mindset in all situations and constantly improve themselves to achieve their dreams. Currently, the Internet has a lot of bad information, and many different temptations that make young people behave negatively and forget about their studies. I hope country leaders and international organisations will always care about children and have interventions to give us a healthy online environment to develop.”

Hong, 16, Vietnam

Hong, 16, Vietnam

I would like to see an end to child abuse, drug abuse, child trafficking, and cigarette usage among children and teens in my community. I would also like to see parents recognise their children rights, uphold those rights, and support their children’s development.

Sovanpanha, 13, Cambodia

Give a gift that changes children’s lives

To celebrate the 2023 World Children’s Day theme – For every child, every right – we’ve rounded up some of our most impactful charity Gifts for Good that help support children’s rights, including the right to clean water and food, and the right to an education.

For less than $100, you can make a difference to the lives of young people this World Children’s Day with the greatest gift of all – a safe and healthy childhood. And with Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit and give back by choosing meaningful charity gifts that have a lasting positive impact. Here are some of our top picks from our Gifts for Good catalogue that won’t break the bank this Christmas.

A walker – $80

Children with disabilities have the right to enjoy the magic of childhood without worrying about being able to move from point A to B. Donating a walker could help a child get to school, be with their peers and receive an education. Your gift will support a child with greater freedom, independence and resilience for a brighter future.

Gift school supplies – $76

Many parents can’t afford the essentials that their child needs to excel in school. When you donate a set of school supplies, your charity gift provides a young student with pens, pencils, notebooks, and other stationery that they can use in the classroom. Plus, a handy backpack to carry them in!

A warm jacket – $30

Did you know that children are more vulnerable to losing body heat than adults? It’s important that children are kept warm and snug. Yet too many children living in poverty don’t have enough warm clothing. Donating a jacket can help protect a child’s health and wellbeing as temperatures in many places around the world start to dip.

One mosquito net – $10

Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from malaria. Countless more suffer needlessly from this devastating — and preventable — disease in remote and rural areas. Your gift of an insecticide-treated mosquito net is one of the most cost-effective ways to save young lives and help a child sleep safe at night.

A dairy goat – $99

Goats are one of the very best ways to help children and families in need. Your gift provides nutritious dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt for children. And parents can sell the surplus dairy products for much-needed income. This is a perfect gift for creating positive change that will last!

Gift clean waterDonation of your choosing

Create a legacy of lasting change. Imagine your impact when you give the gift of clean, safe water and sanitation that a child, school — or even an entire community — can rely upon. Your generosity could help dig lifesaving wells, purify contaminated water and keep children safe and healthy, protecting them against water-related diseases.

’Tis the season of giving

Support children living in challenging circumstances this World Children’s Day! Adding one of the above life-changing gifts to your Christmas shopping list is a great place to start. You can also choose to send a monthly donation to help transform thousands of children’s lives all year long.

Every gift, big or small, makes a difference for a child living in poverty.

“I think people need to talk and listen to children more to understand the difficulties we face in daily life and at school. Children really need support from teachers and parents to be able to stay safe and learn effectively.”

– Hong, 11, Vietnam

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