This time of year we get sent emails from all sorts of companies asking us to recommend their products as Christmas gifts.
Now, without wanting to cause any upset, a lot of the products in question are utter tat so we delete the emails and move swiftly on to watching our latest Blu-ray.
But this week we received a very special request to let our readers know about UNICEF Inspired Gifts and it’s a request we’re more than happy to grant.
Great wordsmiths though we consider ourselves to be, we can’t beat UNICEF’s own explanation of how a UNICEF Inspired Gift makes a real difference:
“UNICEF’s Inspired Gift range is unique, suitable for all budgets and easy to buy online.
All the inspired gifts are real lifesaving supplies delivered to children, some living in desperate conditions around the world. They include items such as medicines, foods, water containers and education materials. Your friend or family member will receive a gift card, which tells them how their gift is making a real difference to children’s lives.
Now, with the ‘children’s famine’ affecting nearly 2 million children in Somalia alone and its impact likely to last for years to come, there is no better time to add a UNICEF Inspired Gift to this year’s Christmas shopping list
There is a gift for every budget;
For £13 you can purchase life-saving therapeutic milk to help a child suffering from severe malnutrition to survive another day.
You can help five families protect themselves from malaria with mosquito nets for just £20
For £12 you could brighten a child’s day with five story books
For those with a slightly bigger budget, £150 will enable you to deliver an entire ‘school in a box’ to children caught up in an emergency so they get back to learning as soon as possible
UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s organisation, responding to more than 200 emergencies each year and working in every country to make sure the world’s most vulnerable children are reached. Every year, more than 8 million children die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes, that’s almost one child every four seconds.
This is wrong but by purchasing one of UNICEF’s inspired gifts this Christmas, you can help to put it right.
See our top 10 Inspired Gifts below, or go online to view the full range: www.unicef.org.uk/inspired
For those who want to wrap up something to go under the tree then UNICEF also offers a more traditional selection of cards and gifts including gorgeous handmade leather bags and ethical jewellery: www.unicef.org.uk/shop”
Just in case you need a final bit of encouragement, here’s Ewan McGregor with a very special message for you: