Everything You Need to Know About Giving a Christmas Gift

Have you ever given a loved one a Christmas gift that was just really good? You know, one of those gifts that’s extra thoughtful? Something you know will make them feel so loved?

My brothers and I did that for my parents a few years ago. Instead of buying them each a “thing,” we decided to ask one of my friends to take professional photos of us — and that’s what we gave to our parents for Christmas. It was perfect. They were SO surprised and grateful. And as is the custom in my family, there were lots of happy tears.

Those kinds of gifts are the best. And we have the perfect way for you to give one of these really good gifts this year … to a child living in poverty!

Christmas is a great time to send a child in poverty a special gift. And it’s super easy! If you’re ready to give, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the “Give a Christmas Gift” button. But if you’d like more information before donating, keep reading to get your questions answered!

Two boys in Uganda hug Christmas gifts.

What kinds of gifts do kids receive at Christmas?

Each child will receive a gift personally selected for him or her. It will be something the child needs or has been hoping for. Examples of Christmas gifts include coloring books, toy cars, clothes, dolls and action figures, soccer balls, shoes and food.

Does giving a gift at Christmas matter?

Yes, giving a Christmas gift absolutely matters. Did you know that many children in poverty have never received a Christmas gift? This breaks my heart — and I’m sure it breaks yours, too.

That’s why it’s so important to ensure that EVERY Compassion-sponsored child receives a Christmas gift. A Christmas gift signifies hope. It reminds children in poverty that they are loved, remembered and cherished. And for many, those are life-changing reminders.

Does the gift I give go directly to my sponsored child?

Yes and no — let me explain. When you give a Christmas gift, it goes directly into a fund used to purchase gifts for every single child in the program.

We’ve chosen to combine your donation with others so that gifts of equal value can be purchased for EVERY child in the program. Why? Because we know there are sponsors who won’t be able to send an extra Christmas gift this year. Plus, there are kids who don’t even have sponsors yet. And we don’t want anybody to be left out!

When your sponsored child receives the gift, he or she will be told that it’s from you. But know that your donation to the Christmas Gift Fund will help ensure that your sponsored child receives a Christmas gift this year, and that all other Compassion-sponsored children will too. Your gift will send joy across the whole world!

A little girl in Peru hugs a Christmas gift.

Can I pick out exactly what I’d like to give to my sponsored child?

Living far away from your sponsored child makes it difficult to know what exactly he or she needs, and what is available in his or her community. That’s why a local staff member who knows your sponsored child personally will pick out a gift your child needs or has been hoping for. The same will be done for every child in the Compassion program.

How much should I give?

A donation of $25 will provide a gift for one child. So, we suggest giving at least $25! However, the more you give, the more able we will be to ensure each child has a valuable gift they will love! Donate $100? You’ll help us give four kids gifts. Donate $250? Ten. And so on.

When do I need to give by?

You only have until Oct. 31 to send a Christmas gift. Make sure to send one before it’s too late!


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    Robert Beckett October 30, 2019

    Shannon,
    Thank you for the speedy reply. We have given our child, her family and her Compassion Center gifts for Christmas this year.
    May our Lord continue to bless all of you at Compassion this year and beyond.

    Rob and Theresa

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      Shannon October 30, 2019

      Rob and Theresa,

      That is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for choosing to be such a blessing this season! Your gifts will truly mean so much to them! Merry Christmas and blessings to you, as well!

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    Robert Beckett October 26, 2019

    Thank you for sharing. Is the same true for family gifts? Does every family with a sponsored child receive a gift?

    God Bless you,

    Rob & Theresa

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      Shannon October 28, 2019

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you for asking about giving gifts to your sponsored child’s family! Please know the Christmas gift is the only one that works like this, where it is split amongst all the children in the program. If you give either a general child gift, a birthday gift or a family gifts, these gifts are used only for the family or child it is given to. Families of children without sponsors will not receive these gifts. It is also not mandatory for sponsors to give gifts, in which case the only gift they would receive would be at Christmas. I hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions or if you would like assistance giving a gift!

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    C. Anderson October 26, 2019

    I’m confused….
    I was told I could not send a birthday or Christmas gift to my child in Ghana.
    I wanted to send art supplies for the school and was told that wasn’t possible.
    I was told to send money only.

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      Shannon October 28, 2019

      C. Anderson,

      We are very thankful that you desire to send your child’s school art supplies. Regrettably, we are unable to send items of this type. We encourage you to send letters and cards as often as possible. However, please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical and pop-up cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper other than the stickers, which may include plastic stickers as well. Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages (front and back) or less. All letters, coloring pages or pictures will be scanned into an electronic document, unless otherwise noted above, and then printed in the child’s country office to be delivered. If you would like to send your child a gift not listed above, you may do that through sending a monetary gift through Compassion. If you read our blog again, you will get lots more detail on how these gifts work.

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    Sharon Albracht October 25, 2019

    Have I give money yet to The child I have???
    I am out if the country and need to know soon..
    Please let me know

    1. Mackenzie
      Mackenzie October 25, 2019

      Hello Sharon! Yes, I do see that you gave a Christmas gift on October 11, 2019. 😊

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    Pam Lewis October 24, 2019

    Great article, Willow!

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