I love adopting families. Do you know one? Is your friend or family member in the process of adopting right now? For them, life goes on as usual. But there’s always a child — or children — on their minds whose face(s) may already be known or not.
This is the one and only gift guide I would like to leave you with. Gifts for adoptive parents. Please don’t forget that they have other hobbies and interests and passions beyond adoption. But if you wish to gift them with something to commemorate their adoption journey, here are a few ideas!
1. Family artwork
“Love Makes a Family” by Barking Bird Art: Depicts a little animal family that doesn’t look alike and reminds us that it is love — not genes — that makes a family.
2. Ornament made in their child’s country/state
Safari Christmas ornaments from Johari Creations: Glass bead and raffia animal ornaments made in Ghana by local artisans and sold by Johari Creations, an online marketplace of products from around the world.
3. Recordable book
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman: Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story of the love of a parent that will cross state lines and oceans to follow a child wherever he/she goes.
4. Necklace (or wallet insert) with a meaningful verse
Well With My Soul necklace by Lisa Leonard from DaySpring: Pewter pendant with sterling silver-filled chain created by a woman who quit her job to stay at home after the birth of her special needs son.
5. Framed photo from their child’s country/state
“Ethiopia” framed art print by Esther Havens: Taken by a humanitarian photographer who travels throughout the world creating social-awareness campaigns for organizations like charity: water, TOMS, and Warby Parker. (All framed prints are $10 off at Society6 until midnight tonight, Monday, December 8!)
6. Poster with a meaningful verse
Mercy House Kenya poster from DaySpring: Features Micah 6:8 and supports Mercy House Kenya, an organization providing alternative options to young, pregnant women living on the streets in Kenya.
7. Jewelry or accessories with money supporting organizations in their child’s country/state
Gunmetal whistle from Falling Whistles: Funds the work of Falling Whistles as they channel their revenue toward coalitions, investments, and advocacy to establish peace in one Central African country.
8. Abstract art of a child that looks like theirs
“Green Custom Art Girl” from ArtisticAdoption: An Etsy shop started by one woman to fund their Ethiopia adoption and continued to create customized art with scripture.
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