It may feel a bit daunting picking out the perfect gift for your loved ones, but fear not, MCC has a trusty gift-giving guide to help you and your family share the joy of giving.
Through MCC's Christmas Giving catalogue, you can give gifts to help people in need around the world in the name of your friend or family member.
When you give, we share your financial gift with our partners at home and abroad who are working with people in their communities to meet basic needs.
Here are some ideas for what to get your loved ones:
MCC photo/Matthew Lester
This is a great gift for basically anyone! Goats, rabbits and cows are obviously cute, but they’re also adaptable, walking sources of meat and sometimes milk. Some MCC programs provide goats, cows or rabbits and training in raising them. Others provide loans that families can use to buy them. For just $60, you can buy one goat for a family, but also hope that the future will promise food and an income.
MCC photo/James Souder
If you have a friend or family member that loves to cook with local ingredients, consider giving them a gift of Quality Seeds. MCC programs offer seeds, conservation agriculture trainings and seed-saving programs to help farmers like Adama Kaboré in Burkina Faso grow more for their families every year.
MCC photo/Paul Shetler-Fast
Do you have a loved one who is passionate about nature? Give the gift of Trees for Reforestation and you’ll partner with us to support tree nurseries in Haiti. Community members and youth like Louie Vivra, Melise Michaline and Karin Florvil plant some 450,000 trees per year! These trees help restore devastated land and hold soil in place.
MCC photo/Avash Karki
Do you know someone who likes hands on projects?
In a disaster like an earthquake, the quality of construction and building techniques used can have a critical impact on how buildings hold up. After the 2015 in earthquake in Nepal, MCC’s response included training in building techniques to keep people as safe as possible in the event of future disasters.
This Christmas, give the gift of Building Back Better to help keep people safe in future disasters.
MCC photo/Scott Stoner-Eby
Do you have a friend who loves to read and talk about their latest book? You can share that feeling thousands of kilometres away through our Books for Libraries gift.
MCC-supported libraries offer children like Gady Mugisha, Gady Isubirizigihe and Rachel Ishimwe in Kigali, Rwanda the chance to dive into new worlds.
Photo courtesy of Medair
If there’s a new little one in your family or a friend’s, why not give them the gift of Nutrition for Moms and Babies?
MCC is working to improve nutrition around the world by monitoring the health and growth of children, distributing food and training mothers in making high-nutrient meals to help children struggling with malnutrition. In Afghanistan, MCC is making sure children like Samina, whose real name isn’t used for security reasons, grow big and strong.
MCC photo/Matthew Sawatzky
Can’t pick? No worries! By giving a Gift of Hope you can give to where it’s needed most. MCC works in more than 50 countries around the world, working alongside local communities, churches and organizations to make a difference.
Wherever you decide to give, thank you for partnering with us to bring relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.