Naff? No thanks!

Posted on December 2, 2011


I went shopping for a Secret Santa gift yesterday and all I could find was naff, naff and more naff!  ‘Naff’, for those of you who don’t know, refers to something that is rubbish and pointless, like the gifts you would find here.  Yes, of course I need a belly button brush…

This Christmas, Say No to Naff!  This UNICEF initiative encourages the giving of charity gifts that can change and save the lives of individuals and communities in developing countries.  UNICEF Australia has a wide range of Christmas Charity Gifts ranging from pencils for $10 to  4- wheel drives for $33,611.  A football for children in refugee camps cost $32 and is all Tim Cahill wants for his birthday!  Once you’ve purchased a gift, you can get a gift card delivered (via post or email) or download a printable PDF.  I bought my Secret Santa recipient three story books for children in developing countries.

UNICEF have also teamed up with Threadless to create T-shirts in support of the relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.  Each T-shirt design symbolizes the type of aid UNICEF is delivering (ranging from insecticide treated mosquito nets for $18.57 to cargo flights for $300,000).

Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets for UNICEF by Justin & Christine Gignac

Other charity gift ideas include:

  1. Oxfam Unwrapped: Gifts range from seeds and guitar lessons for $10 to water-quality testing kits for $3000.  My favourite is a duck for $20 which provides families (mainly those affected by HIV and AIDS) in Mozambique with eggs to eat and sell.
  2. KIVA Cards: KIVA is a non-profit organization that funds loans to individuals around the world (predominantly in developing countries).  You can buy a gift card for as little as $25 and allow your recipient to fund a loan of their choice.  Loan repayments will be credited to the gift recipient so they can keep making more loans.
  3. WWF Adopt an Animal: Adopt a Bengal Tiger for only $50!  Adoption kits include a diplay folder and toy.

So this Christmas, give good stuff.