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December: Now is your chance to Give Differently

With every Livestock Gift of Hope, you can give a free alpaca ornament, handcrafted in Peru.
With every Livestock Gift of Hope, you can give a free alpaca ornament, handcrafted in Peru.
December 1, 2012

Trivia Question

Which Plan country holds the record for creating the world’s largest Christmas log cake?

Give Differently and Start a New Tradition of Holiday Giving

The holidays are all about tradition: eggnog and cider, festive music, good food, and time spent with family and friends.

But even amidst the established holiday cheer, we have choices. Are you stuck on what to get your friends and family when no ordinary gift will do?

When you ‘Give Differently’ this year, you are reinventing a ritual. By donating one of our gifts of hope, you will touch the lives of children and families living in the poorest regions of the world. So why not start a new tradition this holiday season? Give a great gift. Give a little back. Give Differently.

Visit for more information on each of the programs and free gifts that can become part of your holiday celebration!

Letter from the Editor

It’s hard finding the right holiday gift for each of our loved ones. If you’re like me, you search for days, even weeks, to find the perfect gift, only to eventually settle on something quite ordinary. A tie for Dad. Perfume for Mom. Sweaters for the nieces and nephews.

Thankfully, we have the cure for the common gift: Give Differently with Gifts of Hope! You can read all about it in this newsletter or online at There are options for everyone on your list, and unlike the tie, perfume and sweaters, you can be sure these gifts will be put to good use. With your help, children around the world will have a great reason to smile this season.

Wishing you and yours peace and joy during this special time of year. Happy holidays from all of us at Plan!


‘Tis the Season for Free Gifts and Free Shipping

Whether this is your first year purchasing a Gift of Hope or it has become a tradition, we would like to thank you for your generosity.

This year when you Give Differently. you can also receive a free gift for yourself or a loved one. That’s right- we want to give you a gift for the holidays! Purchase a gift in one of our eight categories and receive a complimentary item: a water bottle, a journal, a pink or brown handmade leather bracelet, or an alpaca ornament. Wrap and pair your free gifts with a personalized card so they're ready for that special someone.

As a thank you, we will ship your free gift at no cost to you. So Give Differently. now, select your free gift, and we’ll ship it to you for free!

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Gifts of Hope Especially for Girls

Give yourself a break! Eliminate the crowded malls and hours of gift wrapping. Instead, purchase a gift a hope that will empower a girl. Choose from gifts like a girls hygiene kit and literacy for a girl. We will even send you a free pink leather bracelet with any Because I am a Girl purchase.

End of Year Giving

Now that the holiday season is getting into full swing, we’ve found ourselves searching high and low for the perfect gift.

The answer is Planimals – a fun gift for your loved on the that also provides nourishment and extra income for a family in need!

How does it work? Simply choose the animal from the Planimals section of our Gifts of Hope items that you’d like to give and you’ll receive a stylish and fun Planimals t-shirt or infant onepiece as a free gift from all of us at Plan International USA.

Our t-shirts and onepieces come in range of colors that are sure to please everyone on your holiday list!

Want to help? Check out our Planimals page!

Recipe of the Month

Bibingka, a traditional dish in the Philippines, is a rice flour cake. This simple dessert is a great addition to any holiday meal. View recipe.

Trivia Answer

The world’s largest Christmas log cake was made in Thailand in 1997. The cake weighed 5,071 pounds and reached over 27 feet. It was later cut into 19,212 slices!