UNICEF Inspired Gifts


Last week Momtrends learned more about the latest from UNICEF and their unique gift program. From actual lifesaving items for children to name-brand options by Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc, each gift has the power to make a significant impact.

Since we all give gifts for a variety of occasions, it is comforting to know that the UNICEF Inspired Gifts can provide children in developing countries with urgently-needed items. A gift of measles vaccines ($28.26) protects 100 children from blindness and death; water purification tablets ($67.03) prevent diseases like cholera or typhoid; and therapeutic food ($67.48) protects 50 children against severe malnutrition. These items and more are available for purchase at www.unicefusa.org/inspiredgifts.


In addition, a portion of sales from each item sold through UNICEF’s cards and gifts collection goes to support UNICEF programs worldwide. Having pioneered the sale of greeting cards in 1949 to help children in the developing world, UNICEF now offers a holiday catalog that contains a complete range of merchandise for both children and adults. Gifts include a hand-carved chess set ($75) made of beech wood and nestled inside a birch and limewood carrying case, a beaded brass cuff ($28) made with tiny glass beads and handmade accessories, and Peruvian fingerless gloves ($35) made of soft, finely-woven Alpaca wool.


UNICEF boxed cards (from $10 to $20) can be purchased online beginning in August and at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting in October. Individual holiday cards ($2.50 to $5.99) will be sold at Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores. To shop online visit www.shopcardsandgifts.unicefusa.org.

The design by this year’s grand prize winner of the annual Pier 1 Imports / UNICEF Greeting Card contest, Atticus Silbaugh, age 8 from Shrewsbury, Pa., will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2013 holiday season.

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