Quinte, On. real estate agent: Stuck For A Christmas Gift This Year??

Stuck For A Christmas Gift This Year??

It's that time of the year again when most of us are reluctantly starting to think about Christmas, or more accurately, Christmas shopping.

I'm sure that everybody has people who are difficult to shop for on their Christmas list. There are also people who we feel that we are obliged to buy presents for even though they probably don't need whatever it is we are going to end up buying for them.

Personally, I don't need all the booze that gets given to me during the Christmas season. I couldn't possibly drink it all. I also am the proud owner of two nose hair trimmers. I suppose that I'm set for life in that department as well.

One Christmas idea that I have really made use of over the last few years is the World Vision Gift Catalogue. I really like the idea because these gifts are valued well beyond anything I could imagine on my own.

The idea is pretty simple and I'm pretty sure that most of you are already familiar with the idea.

You simply select a gift from the catalogue and a family in need will be given the actual gift in honour of the person you are buying it for. You can simply inform the intended recipient that this gift has been given on their behalf through an e-card or a gretting card that is provided. (Go with the greeting card, it is Christmas after all).

The thought behind the gift will count for a lot, so there are different categories and price ranges that you can select for. You can tailor your gift to the person you are buying in honour of. I have several teachers who are acquaintances of mine, so I would select gifts from the "education" category for them.

The categories are;

Child Sponsorship
Health Care

Perhaps a business person might enjoy something from the business category, or someone in the medical field would enjoy something from the health care category. You get the idea, no need to beat you over the head with it.

The link to the gift catalogue in this blog post is for Canadians. World Vision U.S.A. has its own website, so any Americans interested in this concept can go to the World Vision U.S.A. website.

I know it's a little early to start blabbering about Christmas, however, this sort of thing requires a bit of thought and planning, so I thought I'd get this out there a little earlier than usual.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s love to serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Comment balloon 7 commentsMalcolm Johnston • November 15 2011 12:13PM


Malcolm, nice suggestion for holiday giving.  We also support a family through World Vision.

Posted by Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist (RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com) over 8 years ago

Laura, that's great to hear, it's a great way to assist a family that really needs help.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

You are on the same wavelength we are on Malcolm, our family decided to sponsor a family for Christmas instead of buying each other gifts

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago


We can do that "in part" for the kids generally, but they also want what they would describe as real gifts.

All kidding aside, these are very good ideas and should form part of everyone's holiday gift giving.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

I hadn't heard of World Vision. It's time for us to find a new charity. We have watched our Peruvian 'child' grow in his photos from about 6 to 17, and he's out of the program now.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris, that's great, I think that's what the Christmas spirit is really supposed to be.

Brian, I agree, kids wouldn't be too pleased to recieve one of these in lieu of a real gift, but I think adults would understand. :-)

Vickie, that's cool, I also sponsor a little girl in Peru.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

There are many things I have come to respect you for over the years Malcolm, but your consistent focus on giving back leads all.  Thanks for showing the way.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 8 years ago