Father’s Day gift-giving ins’t easy for the dad who seems to have everything. (Does he really want another tie?) But shopping for Dad doesn’t need to be difficult, if you remember that what he really wants is a reminder of the skills and values he imparted to his children. That’s why the gift of self-reliance for a family in need is so special.
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Our work often helps fathers stay with or return to their families. In countries like Brazil, Cambodia and Georgia, it is common for men to migrate to find work because they can no longer support their family with their meager resources. Heifer International projects require the entire family to work together to turn the livestock into a money-making venture.
Helping bring a family out of poverty and into self-sufficiency for good sure sounds like something that would make a Dad proud. This Father’s Day, give a simple but impactful gift that will delight your Dad with its far-reaching effects. With an attractive honor card from Heifer, you can let your father know how the gift in his name will create hope and opportunity for a family somewhere in the world.
What do you think your mom really wants this year for Mother’s Day? Breakfast in bed? Maybe, if you’re a good cook. Another piece of jewelry? If she’s been a mom long enough, she’s probably got more than she can wear. What about a framed picture of the grandkids? Okay, probably yes on that one.
Some moms are happy just knowing that, on one special day out of the year, you pause to recognize everything she does for the family.
This year, take it one step further and give her a gift to recognize not only her, but also the millions of mothers around the world who need our help. A charitable donation to Heifer in honor of your mother provides a gift of livestock that helps moms in need around the world reach lives of dignity and self-reliance. It just my be the best Mother’s Day gift idea you ever have.
Think about it: does she really need another “I heart Mom” necklace? Give her a goat instead! It’s a much more practical way to say “Happy Mother’s Day.”
Have you ever given your mom a Heifer alternative gift for Mother’s Day? Tell us how she liked it in the comments section.
We think Mother’s Day is a great time to show how much your mother’s care and teaching meant to you. After all, if you’re a Heifer supporter, you’re already a well-informed and compassionate person, and you probably learned much of that from your mother.
Just look at how much is spent on gifts at Mother’s Day, versus the actual desires of real moms:
Helping women and mothers is important to Heifer International. In fact, it’s one of our Cornerstones. We know that mothers are on the front lines of the struggle to keep families adequately fed.
So maybe a sweet gesture for Mother’s Day this year would be a Heifer animal gift, a gift that will multiply for generations to come.
Our ‘Hoppy’ Easter Basket is filled with shares of a sheep, heifer, goat, rabbits, and a flock of ducks and chicks. These animals give families milk, eggs and meat for nutrition and a source of income. And with additional income there is money for school supplies, medicine and doctor expenses, and improved quality of living. The ‘Hoppy’ Easter Basket offers the hope a family needs for a sustainable future. And this hope continues as each family passes on gifts of animals and training to another. A gift basket from Heifer this Easter lasts much longer and helps more families than the usual Easter basket filled with marshmallow chicks or chocolate bunnies ever could.
Are you gearing up to fill someone’s Easter basket with candies and other treats? This Easter, consider putting eggs in someone else’s basket and hatch hope for a family in need. Give different. Give Heifer.
Tomorrow will be the first Valentine’s Day my daughter (almost 3) will really participate in, and I’m kind of excited for her. They’ve been making heart-shaped crafts at daycare, and while I’m not sure they’re having a true party (they seem to reserve those for the P-3 and up classes), I bet they’ll share Valentine’s Day cards.
I hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s Day shorts. Here’s the last in the series. Are you all set for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? Be sure to check out our goodies to show the ones you love that you love Heifer, too.
Are you one of the average Americans who spent $68.98 on your significant other last Valentine’s Day?
Tired of making that last-minute run to the nearest grocery store for what’s left of the heart-shaped chocolates and generic flowers, and hoping beyond hope they’ve still got a box of whatever the latest kids’ Valentine’s Day cards happen to be? Plan ahead, and join the [ALT] GIFT revolution with Heifer.
Check out www.heifer.org/vday for Valentine’s Day gift alternatives and a bunch of fun goodies, like a Facebook timeline banner and printable cards to send with your kids to their school parties.