There’s a Gift of Compassion for everyone in your life

Stumped on Christmas gifts? We've got suggestions for everyone on your list.
  • By: Compassion Canada

Christmas is nearly here. It’s been quite the year for all of us, and the spirit of giving is just what we need to end it with cheer. As you start tackling your Christmas list, we’ve got gift suggestions for everyone in your life!


For the healthcare hero

In the midst of this pandemic, the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in our lives have been our undisputed heroes. The gift of Hygiene Kits ensures under-resourced communities can have access to preventive medical care during this time—just like our healthcare heroes have been so faithfully providing to us.

Pair this gift with some coffee or tea to help fuel your healthcare hero through their next shift or a fun experience you know will help them de-stress in this taxing season.

Give Hygiene Kits


For the teacher

A young student works at a computer with a teacher standing behind her. Both are wearing protective face masks.

It’s been quite the year for teachers, too, as they’ve adjusted to new learning realities. The gifts of Textbooks and Computers are important every year, but with the introduction of widespread remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these gifts are especially vital to ensuring students in poverty can continue to learn.

Pair this gift with something to brighten up a socially-distanced classroom or some coffee, tea or blue light glasses to help the teacher in your life thrive through another session of online classes.

Give Education Gifts


For the academic

A girl wearing a loose green top smiles as she reads a book on a brown table in front of her.

Do you have a student in your life who can’t stop talking about the thesis they’re writing, their latest essay or their upcoming exam? The gift of Academic Scholarships gives students living in poverty the same opportunity to further their education, a key way to break free from the cycle of poverty.

Pair this gift with some nice pens for taking notes or a music streaming subscription to provide those much-needed study tunes!

Give Academic Scholarships


For the bookworm

Reading has the power to open up the world to us. The bookworms in our lives will often light up when they tell us how one single book changed their perspectives and developed their imagination. That’s why the gift of Textbooks is the perfect Gift of Compassion for the bookworm in your life. This gift provides children living in poverty with access to textbooks that impact their motivation and academic performance.

Pair this gift with a gift card to their local bookstore!

Give Textbooks


For the entrepreneur

A woman in a pink shirt and patterned face mask stands at a stall under a red umbrella, selling consumer items.

It’s been a tough year for many small business owners—including many caregivers of Compassion children. The gift of Support for Small-Business Owners helps the caregivers of Compassion children recover their vital sources of income.

Pair this gift with a gift card to a local small business or do some of your Christmas shopping at a loved one’s small business!

Give Support for Small-Business Owners


For the homesteader

Homesteaders across the world were clearly ready for the pandemic. As we all experienced long queues and empty grocery shelves, the homesteaders in our lives taught us adaptability and self-sufficiency. That’s why the gift of Vegetable seeds is the perfect Gift of Compassion for the homesteader in your life, helping the caregivers of Compassion children establish a business growing and selling vegetables to fight food insecurity.

Pair this gift with a pack of seeds as they prepare for another planting season.

Give Vegetable Seeds


For the foodie

The foodie in your life has probably spent a lot of their time this year catching up on visiting their favorite restaurants and enjoying a good dine-in. The gift of Hospitality Training gives Compassion-assisted youth not just a life skill, but a vocational skill that can help lift them out of poverty.

Pair this gift with a gift card to your loved one’s favourite restaurant!

Give Hospitality Training


For the new parents

Baby Mikyas smiles on mom, Hanna's back. They are both smiling and looking at the camera.

Do you know a family that’s welcomed a new life this year? The gift of a Newborn Care Package provides everything new parents living in poverty might need to care for their baby in the first critical months of life.

Pair this gift with a “My First Christmas” onesie or a handmade quilt from a local business (like Much Love, where all proceeds of your purchase are donated to Compassion)!

Give a Newborn Care Package


For the new homeowners

A teenage boy in Rwanda stands amongst unfinished brick walls that will make up his family's new home.

Do you know someone that moved this year? The perfect pair to a housewarming Christmas gift is the gift of Home Reconstruction, which enables families who lost their home to environmental disaster to move into a new, furnished and safe home.

Pair this gift with something for their new home—a houseplant, a pretty dish or some art for the wall—or a gift card to your local home and garden centre.

Give Home Reconstruction



There’s a Gift of Compassion for everyone! Browse our online gift guide now to find the perfect impactful gift for everyone on your list.

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