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Top ten World Gifts for Christmas 2021

World Gifts make great alternative gifts all year round, but we know you particularly love them for Christmas!

Here is a rundown of your favourites from the festive season in 2021*:

Weatherproof crops illustration

10. With 1,194 Weatherproof Crops purchased, you are helping families vulnerable to climate change to sow the foundations for a future free from hunger. Thank you!

 Emergency water illustration

9. You thought of those most in need at times of emergency and bought 1,563 Emergency water gifts.

 Water for a family illustration

8. Clean, safe and easily accessible water is life-changing as well as life-saving! With 1,636 Water for a Family gifts, the importance of water as a gift of life, continues in our top-10 countdown.

 Goat that gives

7. For the second year in a row, you've goat us smiling with this gift at number seven. You chose a huge 1,688 Goats that giveGoats provide milk to drink and sell, manure to help vegetables grow, and any baby goats can be sold on to others in the community

Chirpy chickens illustration

6. Just as in 2020, you thought the Chirpy chickens gift was again truly eggcellent! Paying for 1,735 chicken gifts – chickens lay eggs which can be eaten and sold at market for a profit.

Trees for life illustration

 5. Moving up the list this year, you chose 1,856 Trees for life - the treemendous gift that keeps on giving year after year.

Vegetable garden illustration

 4. This year, many of your gifts have focused on the basics for life: water and food. As issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis make everyday living that much harder for many people, thank you for being a source of hope! With 1,927 Vegetable garden gifts, more people will be able to grow their own food and feed their families.

Energy saving stove illustration

3. A new gift in our 2021 World Gifts range – you bought 1,976 Energy saving stoves – a great gift of sustainable energy – great for people and great for our planet!

Happy queen bee illustration

2. A longstanding favourite, and remaining in the same spot in the top-ten as last year, you were buzzing for our Happy queen bee gift! You came together and bought 2,150 Happy queen bee gifts!

 Teach someone to read

1. Just like last year, your top gift for Christmas 2021, has been the Teach someone to read World gift! With 3,258 of these gifts purchased, thank you for opening opportunities to those who would normally never have a chance to learn.

Our more expensive World Gifts don't generally make the top ten, because it has to be a very special occasion, or a group effort to buy one! But for 2021, two gifts from the higher price bracket proved very popular and will be a source of blessing to the people they go on to help:

Community water supply

The Community water supply gift! Through your generosity we've raised over £35,000. This gift represents clean, safe water to drink, wash and cook with for entire communities!

Home for life illustration
The Home for life gift! Everyone deserves the security of a home. Thank you for raising over £28,000 through this inspirational gift!

In total, you have raised over £830,000 just over Christmas meaning we can continue to reach those most in need with life-changing aid.

By thinking of World Gifts for other occasions – birthdays, Mother’s Day, Easter, Baptisms, Weddings (the list goes on) we can continue to raise money throughout the year.

The gifts are representative of our work and each go into five funds, so whether you bought a single queen bee or funding for an entire health clinic, your gifts are all helping to make a big difference to people living in poverty.

A big thank you from our World Gifts team here at CAFOD, without your generosity none of our work would be possible.

*Figures accurate as of 25/01/2022

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