This season's hottest gifts

By Oxfam

BOSTON — Sheep, trees, books for kids, and other gifts that keep on giving are best-selling holiday gifts as Oxfam America Unwrapped goes into its third season. offers unexpected and economical gifts that make a difference. Proceeds from these symbolic gifts go to fund Oxfam America?s efforts to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice in more than 120 countries.

At prices that won?t break the bank, these top selling items under $50 are just what Santa ordered:

  • Sheep ($45): Raising these fleecy critters allows women to create their own income and to make local textiles.
  • Plant 50 trees ($30): Trees produce life-sustaining crops like avocados and bananas, and they also prevent soil erosion?a key to economic growth and a greener world.
  • Books for kids ($18): Your gift will provide children with books on a wide range of topics from agriculture to peace-building. By helping someone open a book, you can open a mind, too.
  • Water jugs ($18): Benefit not one but three families by providing each with a stout water jug. For a family lacking a safe water container, one of these sturdy jugs provides the means to store and transport clean drinking water safely.

?These gifts reflect Oxfam America?s work around the world to promote ways to make a living, provide emergency relief, and improve nutrition,? said Stephanie Kurzina, vice president of fundraising for Oxfam America. ?It?s easy to do good even on a budget.?

It?s quite simple: shoppers choose the gift and personalize a card online, their friend or loved one receives a card in the mail, and the gift goes to those who need it most. All gift contributions are general donations to Oxfam America and are fully tax deductible.

Forget braving the malls or fighting the mid-winter chill. Oxfam America Unwrapped lets you shop from the convenience of your couch through its online alternative gift catalog: Relax with a cup of warm cocoa and pick from the hottest gifts this season. Click, click, done, and you can feel good about helping those who need it most.

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