Sunday, December 2, 2012

Giving Good

This holiday season, I've been approached by a lot of PR companies, hoping I'll include their clients' products in my holiday gift guide. Funny thing is, I've never actually put together a gift guide, and I feel sort of icky recommending products just because someone asked me to. I have a strict policy here at Kim's Kitchen Sink, to only recommend products I've tried and loved. If the brand is willing to provide product for a giveaway, all the better, but I never review something just because I'm getting it for free. Just so you know.

While I'm not putting together a gift guide this year, I do want to bring your attention to the World Vision Gift Catalog. When they emailed me, asking if I'd write about them, I wasn't just drawn in by their offer of product to review and give away. I was encouraged by their creative approach to giving, and the way they make it incredibly easy to give to those in need. How does it work? Watch this short video!

From World Vision:
The catalog has more than 250 items ranging in price from $16 to $39,000 that help children and families in need here in U.S. and around the world. Included in the catalog are several items that foodies on everyone’s gift list might enjoy such as Family Food Kitfarm animalsfruit treesdrought-resistant seeds and many more. 
In addition World Vision offers Maximum Impact Fund gifts that are used where resources are most desperately needed. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 items that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need. 

World Vision sent me this beautiful set of spoons (from the Maximum Impact Fund list), and is going to give one set away to one of you as well! To enter, visit the catalog and leave a comment on this post, telling me what you think of giving this way -- would you like to receive a gift that helps someone in need? My husband's uncle "gave" us all a cow (given to families in need) via Heifer International one year, and I thought it was really nice! If you were going to give someone a gift from World Vision, what would you give? 
You can check out World Vision on Pinterest and Facebook as well, if you're interested.

Please note that the contest ends on Friday December 7 Monday, December 10 at 11:59pm. Winner must be located in the U.S.  World Vision did not compensate me for this post, and though they did provide a free set of wooden serving spoons, my thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. What a nice post to remind people what the holidays are all about (and also, what being a citizen of the world is all about...) Totally unrelated to this post, I'm so exited to put your blog on my reader list and we do need to catch up about sourdough bread and starter soon!

  2. I think it is a great idea to give to causes. It is a win-win gift giving situation. I would love those spoons! They would go with my wooden bowl from Africa.

  3. It looks like I'm too late to enter, but I love getting gifts for a cause, or even just donations to my favorite charities. I usually donate through Heifer for my cousin's bar/bat mitzvahs (along with a physical gift so they're not totally bummed). :)

  4. You're in luck - I haven't done the drawing yet :)

  5. By the powers of the Random Number Generator, I pronnounce @google-5dd0b019189b0cce01e6e91deb29cfc5:disqus the winner! I'll be emailing you separately :)