ChildFund New Zealand is offering alternative gift solutions for Kiwis struggling with ideas for the first world occasion of Valentine’s Day this year.

ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown says while the developing countries it assists celebrate a wide variety of traditions, Valentine’s Day isn’t one of them.

“That’s not to say that love isn’t a priority for the close-knit communities we work with, quite the opposite, for many that’s all they have. However, the gifts we have in our sustainable gift giving catalogue do offer quirky solutions for the romantically cheeky among us who are searching for a more unique Valentine’s.”

For anyone wanting to capture the love bug (while keeping other bugs out), the gift of a mosquito net to a family in need overseas will send a message to your beloved, while providing the family with required protection.

“There is also merit in gifting a sanitation kit if you want someone to clean up their love life. For the love-starved there’s a nutrition pack or fruit tree seedlings if you’re wanting to send a more specific message. Or, if you want to tell someone they are the light of your life, but can’t put it into words, a solar lantern will let them know, while gifting children in need a safe and renewable light source.

“These are affordable gifts that keep on giving long after roses have perished and chocolates have been devoured, and are a true testament to long-lasting love!”

Purchasers receive a special gift card explaining the gift and how it will benefit the recipient.

To order from ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow range, visit the online gift catalogue or call 0800 223 111. Purchasers also get a ‘gift back’ via a full tax credit.

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