Be the reason someone smiles today

Smiles Gifts

Be the reason someone smiles today

A Smiles gift can change a life. When you purchase a Smiles Gift for someone like ‘A goat’ or ‘A school starter kit’ not only are you getting something unique for someone you care about, but your donation will make a life-changing difference to families in need.

Change a life. Choose your gift now.

How does Smiles work?

FAQs: Smiles

  • What are Smiles gifts?

    They are a special compilation of gifts that can make a huge difference to communities in need. The gifts represent our work in developing communities around the world.

  • How do Smiles gifts work?

    When you buy a Smiles gift, you’re actually giving a gift that symbolises important development work in specific sectors such as agriculture, health, water, and sanitation. For example, if you give a pig, you’re giving a donation to a community’s agricultural and farming projects. If you build a toilet, you’re contributing to a community’s health projects. After decades of experience, World Vision has found this is the most effective way to really help a community and be sure funds go where they are most needed within sectors. 

  • What do I get when I order a Smiles gift?

    You’ll can choose either a printed card or an e-Card for you to personalise and send to your loved ones and friends. You can select  to have this sent direct to your recipient or to you to send on. 

    This year, World Vision New Zealand is excited to offer both a card and a handmade gift as a thank-you when you purchase one of two special items. When you purchase the ‘Send a Girl to School’ or the 'Help a Woman Start a Business'  Smiles gift, you’ll receive a handmade bangle or Christmas decoration handmade by the Maasai Women's Business Group in Magugu, Tanzania, where World Vision works.. These thank-you gifts are the perfect way to show a loved one the value of helping communities in need, while the Smiles gift is the perfect way to go about making a difference in these communities.

  • So if I buy a frog, how does World Vision deliver it overseas?

    We don't try and send individual gifts overseas. It is best for the community to source locally, and many gifts involve training and support. Each Smiles gift you buy symbolically represents an area of need or sector. By pooling your donation into these sectors, we can tailor your support to where a community needs it most.

    If you buy a pig or training for a farmer, for example, your contribution will go towards our agriculture and income work to help communities grow food for families and build an income for their families – including pigs and farmer training! Or if you provide clean water or build a toilet, you'll be contributing to our work to help communities gain access to basic healthcare, water and sanitation. 

  • Why are the prices different to last year?

    The prices vary according to the costs associated with the type of programme or activity each gift represents. Where possible, we will purchase the items required for our work from within the local country to support local economies.

  • What happens if too many of the same item is purchased?

    If the number of gifts purchased in a particular sector exceeds the need, we will use the excess funds in another sector that needs it the most.

  • Can I still buy gifts from last year's catalogue?

    No, sorry. The gifts featured in this year's gift catalogue represent the current needs of the families and communities with whom we work. 

  • How do I order Smiles gift?

    It’s easy!

    1.    Browse our Smiles gifts, select a gift you like and the quantity. 

    2.    You can then choose either a printed card, an e-Card or no card at all and choose if the gift card is to be sent directly to your recipient or to you.

    3.    You can then select 'Add to basket' and continue browsing, or checkout.

    4.    You are still able edit your card type and recipient details at this point as well as the quantity of your gift(s) by selecting the pencil icon next to your Smiles gift in ‘My Basket’ to make any changes. Please select ‘Save’ if you make any changes so that your gift item(s) in the basket is updated. 

    5.    Once you are ready to checkout, please select ‘Checkout’ within My Basket to follow the checkout prompts to complete your purchase.

  • Why do other charities offer the same gifts at different prices?

    Smiles gifts represent our current activities carried out in our relief and community development projects. The prices reflect the costs involved in providing children and families with so much more than just a simple gift. While these prices are generally indicative, because gifts are pooled, your contribution goes toward part of the cost. The costs reflect the implementation of real, life-altering change through each gift. This includes operational training, education, and on-going support.

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How this helps

Each Smiles gift represents an area of World Vision’s work. For example, by giving a goat, support for farmers, or helping a woman start a business, you’re supporting our overall agriculture and income work – which goes towards this life-changing work and other programming we do in this sector.

By pooling our gifts into our areas of work, donations have the most impact they can, going where a community needs them most.

Where your money goes

Your generosity is behind everything we do, and we ensure your donation has the biggest impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Last year 80.8 per cent of donated dollars went to our work overseas, bringing real and lasting change to millions of people in need. The remaining 19.2 per cent enabled us to advocate for greater change and to leverage your donations, turning your $1 into far more in the field.