(Family Features) The holiday season is a time for generosity and kindness. While you're on the quest for the perfect gifts for loved ones, why not pick those that support children in need?
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing medicine, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The organization is offering holiday shoppers searching for unique gifts the opportunity to support children with a variety of products that benefit UNICEF, including items from corporate partners Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc.
Holiday card and gifts collection
With an affordable price range of $10 to $20, UNICEF boxed holiday cards can be purchased at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and at select Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The holiday catalog features gifts ideal for any age and budget range, from Peruvian fingerless gloves made of soft Alpaca wool and bread-warmer baskets, to a safari bib and blanket set, to President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern's uplifting new book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children, focused on her travels to developing countries. To shop online, visit https://shop.unicefusa.org/.
Gift that support education
Access to education is a fundamental human right, and yet there are 57 million children not enrolled in elementary school globally. Support from partners such as Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc helps enable UNICEF to build schools, train teachers and provide a safe and protective environment where children can learn and play.
- Gucci for UNICEF "Nice" shopper bag - Twenty-five percent of the retail price of the Gucci for UNICEF Nice shopper bag will benefit UNICEF's "Schools for Africa" and "Schools for Asia" initiatives in Malawi, Mozambique and China. The bag, designed in antique rose micro Guccissima leather, is available in Gucci stores worldwide and on www.gucci.com through May 2014.
- IKEA "Soft Toys for Education" - For each purchase from the Soft Toys for Education collection, available in stores and online through Jan. 4, the IKEA Foundation will donate approximately $1.35 to support UNICEF and Save the Children global education programs, including UNICEF's "Schools for Africa" initiative. This year's collection features new fairy tale-themed creatures, such as the NOJSIG Soft Toy Princess, KRULLIG Elf Soft Toy and VRIDVINGE Fairy Tail Wings, each for $4.99. For more information, visit www.ikeafoundation.org.
- Montblanc "Signature for Good" collection - Featuring special edition writing instruments, jewelry pieces and leather accessories, 10 percent of the retail price of every piece sold from Montblanc's Signature for Good collection will be donated to support UNICEF's education programs for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Collection items are available at www.montblanc.com through March 2014.
Gifts that inspire
Join in on the generous spirit of the season by purchasing UNICEF Inspired Gifts in your loved one's name. These gifts directly assist children in developing countries with urgently needed items, such as mosquito nets to protect them from malaria, or School-in-a-Box kits that provide all the supplies needed to set up a school anywhere.
K.I.N.D: Kids in Need of Desks offers desks for children in schools in Malawi, where four out of five students do not have a desk or chair. Additionally, the K.I.N.D. fund is providing scholarships for girls in Malawi. These items and more are available for purchase at www.unicefusa.org/inspiredgifts.
Other ways to give
Through Delta's SkyWish program, SkyMiles® members can donate their unused frequent flier miles to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for travel in support of UNICEF's lifesaving work for children. Visit www.delta.com/skywish to donate miles and find more information.
Make this year's gift-giving experience more rewarding by choosing beautiful gifts loved ones will adore, and also support children around the world.Photo courtesy of Hallmark©