I swore I wasn’t gonna do it this year. I even deleted the Home for Christmas button off the blog entirely. But then I read this article about the ethics of international adoption, which has gotten such an unfair bad rap this year, and I heard Mira giggling in her daddy’s lap, and….
Well. Here it is. Home for Christmas the 2013 version. (For previous lists, click this.)
But somebody out there is.
You’re shopping this time of year, right? There are a million gajillion families out there selling absolutely adorable goods to raise money for their adoption. So if you can check stuff of your shopping list AND contribute to bringing a child home?
Win for everybody.
But mostly for the children.
Here’s what I did. I opened up etsy and I searched for “adoption fundraiser.” The options are limitless. I’m going to feature just a few of my faves to show you the possibilities, but I want you all to promise me you’ll head right on over to Etsy and do your own search.
Here’s what’s making my heart go pitter-patter this year:
Advent cards. Verses on the front, activities on the back. Comes with a printable file that you can leave behind for the person you’re blessing on some of the activities. This looks so fun!!!
I’m a sucker for stuff printed on dictionary pages and framed because, well, WORDS. These are customizable prints and I heart them. (pun intended.)
There were a million scarves out there to pick from. Scarves are in right now. They’re a cute, easy stocking stuffer. And these scarves have magical powers because they give orphaned children a home. ($12 only. A steal. Slip ‘em an extra $20 if you buy this, ok? Just because.)
I need this little pocket wallet. I’m forever sticking my credit card in my back pocket and then am terrified it will fall out. That’s a lot of stress in my life I don’t need. I’m certain this little packet of cuteness is my answer.
I just gave Willa the cutest pixie haircut. I’m thinking this beanie would complete the package.
These cuffs are seriously the coolest. Like, almost TOO cool to be on this here little blog. Ukranian coins turned metal cuff? YES, PLEASE. This site has tons of jewelry made out of Ukranian coins. Love it.
One last piece of jewelry, because this one made me happy. There are tons of verse/saying options for these necklaces, but this was by far my favorite.
Alright, people. This is just a tiny taste. It’s time to get out there and shop responsibly. Spend your money so that it counts TWICE, once for the gift you’re giving and twice to help bring a child home.
I understand, Amazon is way easier. But Amazon won’t change the life of a child like these tiny little shops will.
Ask me how I know.
Spread the word with me, please? Tweet, facebook, and shout this out from the social media rooftops, mkay? And if you’ve got a link to your own adoption fundraiser you want to share in the comments, feel free to leave it with a quick explanation of what you’re selling so folks can easily skim and find what they want, ok?