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

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For the healthcare hero

A young girl standing against a blue and yellow wall dressed as a doctor

In the midst of this pandemic, the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in our lives have been our undisputed heroes. The gift of Telephone and Digital Medical Care ensures under-resourced communities can have access to 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 Telephone and Digital Medical Care

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 class.

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 their writing, their latest essay or their upcoming exam? The gift of Academic Scholarships gives students living in poverty the same opportunity to go to university, 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 pastor

A boy wearing an orange shirt holds a Bible to his chest.

Pastors across our country and around the world have adapted to new challenges this year, persevering because of their passion for sharing the Word of God with others. That’s why Bibles for Children is the perfect Gift of Compassion for the pastor in your life.

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

Give Bibles for Children

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 green thumb

An Indonesian girl holds a large plant.

Our houseplants have become dear friends this year as we’ve stayed at home, but let’s be honest, some of us are better at keeping them alive then others. The gift of a Horticulture Start-up is the perfect Gift of Compassion for the green thumb in your life, helping the caregivers of Compassion children establish a business growing and selling Artemisia plants.

Pair this gift with another houseplant to add to their collection or some cute plant installations like a wall hanging or macramé plant hanger.

Give a Horticulture Start-up

For the foodie

A young man in a chef's uniform standing in a kitchen.

While the foodie in your life probably hasn’t posted as many restaurant pictures this year, we bet they’ve learned lots of new recipes during lockdown. The gift of Culinary 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 that offers takeout!

Give Culinary 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

For your COVID-19 bubble

Two girls sit together doing homework, both are wearing protective face masks.

A lot of us wouldn’t have made it through this year without the support of our bubble. Show your appreciation for them with the gift of Hygiene Kits, which equips families living in poverty to protect themselves from the virus.

Pair this gift with some fragrant, sustainable soap, or perhaps some hand sanitizer and a cloth face mask!

Give Hygiene Kits

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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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Written by: Alyssa Esparaz

Alyssa works in the role of Content and Communications Specialist at Compassion Canada, telling stories that inspire and equip the Church to live compassionate lifestyles. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied International Development.