The idea of gifting a jar of peanut butter might sound odd. And in most contexts it is. But this Christmas how about ditching the predictable socks for dad or chocolate for mum and make a choice that could save lives - millions of them. Here's our list of Chrissy presents that won't get regifted or end up in the bin.  

 

Health

This ‘peanut butter’ has a super power. It has saved millions of children around the world. It’s called Plumpy’Nut® – a high-energy peanut paste that contains sugar, vegetable oil, skimmed milk powder and enriched vitamins and minerals.

It has the power to bring children who are severely malnourished back to health. Only a few sachets a day for six to eight weeks can be all it takes to save a child’s life. In times of famine, drought, or flood, Plumpy’Nut® is a true lifesaver.
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Want proof? This young boy, ironically names Gift, was malnourished when he arrived at the Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan.

With UNICEF’s help, Gift was able to make a strong recovery and return home. Gift was given Plumpy’Nut® to eat at home to help alleviate his malnutrition and as a result, has grown healthier and stronger.  
Give the gift of health
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Warmth

It may be warm in Australia this Christmas, but on the other side of the world children are shivering – and that could be deadly.

In Jordan, children are preparing for an extremely cold winter, with icy winds, rain, storms and snow.

“Winter is very harsh here, and clothes take a long time to dry after rain,” explains Khadija, a Syrian volunteer in the UNICEF-supported Makani tent for children.

“The cold is too much to bear. We need clothes for children.”

A good coat or boots without holes in them can make all the difference when a small child is facing a long winter.  UNICEF works to protect children from the harsh cold weather, so that they remain healthy and continue to learn and thrive.

Give the gift of warmth
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Water

Imagine having to walk eight kilometres just to get a glass of water. For 15-year-old Abuk, the gruelling trip has become second nature. Each day she carries 25 litres of water in a container to her home.

“I have to fetch water from a long way away, very early in the morning,” she says.

 

"I get scared sometimes because
something may happen to me as
the fresh water is so far away."
Even when water is available, it is not always suitable to drink. Waterborne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid ravage families and children.

More than half of all children in South Sudan do not have access to clean water. But there is hope for children like Abuk.

You can turn on a tap for an entire community by giving a water pump which not only helps provide clean and safe water for a whole village, but also stops women and children having to walk kilometres every single day just to fetch this basic human right.  
Give the gift of water
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Here’s how it works

  1. Purchase a UNICEF Inspired Gift. From therapeutic food to clean water, school supplies to vaccinations, we have something for everyone.
  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 most needed.
There's no better way to show someone how much you appreciate everything they've done to make your life better. Buy one instantly to make someone's day and forever change the lives of vulnerable children.
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