How long is it before all the chocolates in the heart-shaped box are gone? What do you do with the giant teddy bear your boyfriend gave you for Valentine's day?

This Valentine's Day how about showing your loved-one you care with a present that will live on past the 14th of February. Stuck for ideas? We've bundled together three critical gifts for children to make it easy for you. 

Food

Peanut butter might seem like an odd choice for a romantic gift, but there is so much more than meets the eye with this simple breakfast spread. It can save the lives of millions of children suffering from malnutrition around the world. 

We call it Plumpy’Nut® – a high-energy peanut paste that contains sugar, vegetable oil, skimmed milk powder and enriched vitamins and minerals.

Only a few sachets a day for six to eight weeks can be all it takes to save a child’s life. In times when food is scarce Plumpy’Nut® is a true hero.

Mary Abu holds her daughter Sony at the Al Sabbah Children's hospital in Juba, South Sudan. ©UNICEF/UN0232177/Njiokiktjien VII Photo
Meet Sony. Sony is only one-year-old and is malnourished. She lives in South Sudan where conflict and underdevelopment have left children malnourished and vulnerable to disease.

She is being fed Plumpy’Nut® by a UNICEF health worker so that she can get stronger and healthier.
Sony with her mother, Mary, at the Al Sabbah Children's hospital in Juba, South Sudan. © UNICEF/UN0232178/Njiokiktjien VII Photo
Give the gift of food

Warmth

On the other side of the world, winter has arrived. It is bitterly cold and children and their families are going to sleep shivering each night. 

In Syria, millions of children have been affected by conflict and now they face the additional hardship of winter. 

Children at Batbu camp in western rural Aleppo burn pieces of cartons and paper to warm up at night. With worn-out tents and no access to fuel or heaters, children and their families are unable to fend off the cold. Blankets, shoes and winter clothing can make all the difference for a child ahead of a long winter.

Give the gift of warmth
Children and their families living in this makeshift camp in a hard-to-reach area in western rural Aleppo are facing an especially harsh winter. © UNICEF/UN0266988/Watad

Vaccines

Four-year-old Mohammad has just been vaccinated. "I cried, but only a little," he says.

He is one of more than 720,000 Rohingya children living in the overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. As if escaping horrible violence in Myanmar was not enough, cyclone and monsoon season has issued a new series of threats.

Vaccinating children against childhood diseases, like measles, as well as other deadly diseases like cholera, are just some of the ways UNICEF plans to keep children safe and healthy during cyclone and monsoon season. 

But we can't do this without you. We need your help to help keep children healthy, warm and safe. 
Give the gift of health
Four-year-old Mohammad stands outside a makeshift shelter with his father before visiting a mobile vaccination point at a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. ©UNICEF/Nybo

 

Here’s how it works

  1. Purchase a UNICEF Love Bundle. Each Love Bundle includes measles vaccinations for 20 children, a set of winter baby clothes and 30 sachets of therapeutic food to bring a child back from malnutrition. 
  2. A personalised card will be sent to your loved one telling them about the life-saving impact they're having on children.
  3. Real supplies will be dispatched from a UNICEF warehouse to wherever they're needed most. 
There's no better way to show someone how much you appreciate everything they've done for you. Buy a Love Bundle instantly to make someone's day and forever change the lives of vulnerable children.
Give a Love Bundle

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