• All cards are tax deductible donations
  • 10,904 life changing gifts were purchased last year
  • 40 years of Tearfund saving lives and changing lives in over 46 countries.

Here's how it works

When you buy a Gift for Life, your donation goes to our overseas partner. This allows them to help the poorest and most vulnerable in the communities they work in, which includes giving families and individuals the gift you’ve selected.

Physical card: You’ll receive a card with a picture and story of the impact your gift has for a family in the developing world.

E-card: Write a personalised message, enter your friend’s e-mail address and the e-card will be sent to them. They’ll also receive a printable PDF which folds into a card shape.

Your donation goes to those who need it most. Personalise the gift card and send it to a friend letting them know the difference they’ve made.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Gifts

  • What do I get when I purchase a Gift for Life charity gift?

    What do I get when I purchase a Gift for Life charity gift?

    After you purchase a gift, we send you a card or an e-card (depending on which you choose) with a description of the gift and its impact on a family in the developing world. The price of the gift is not included on the card, so you can give it to your friend, colleague or loved one without worry. We’ll also send you a tax-deductible receipt for any amount over $5. That means you’ll get back 33% of the money you gave us!

    Physical gift card

    • Each card has a picture of the gift and a story of its impact on a family in the developing world. There is room to write a message to the recipient in the card.

    E-card

    • Each e-card has a picture of the gift and a story of its impact on a family in the developing world. Once you enter the recipient’s e-mail as well as your own, the card is automatically sent to their e-mail address. Attached with the e-card is a printable PDF which they can fold into a card shape.
  • Are some gifts better than others?

    Are some gifts better than others?

    We don’t consider any one gift to be better than others. The project that your donation goes to has been selected to meet critical needs. Each gift is valuable and we want you to feel free to choose.

  • What happens if a gift is fully-funded?

    What happens if a gift is fully-funded?

    Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project, Tearfund will redirect donations to where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.

  • Are animals treated well in developing communities?

    Are animals treated well in developing communities?

    The feedback we regularly receive from our programmes team who work in the communities is that animals are not mistreated. In fact, they are a seen as a vital part of their livelihood and treasured gifts. "Animals are often the main source of family income in rural developing communities and thus are usually treated with high regard and respect. The animal's owner is totally aware that the animal is hugely significant in terms of helping provide a livelihood and so making sure animals are well cared for is given high priority." Kevin Riddell, Programmes officer, Tearfund.

     
  • Can I trace which family my gift goes to in the developing world?

    Can I trace which family my gift goes to in the developing world?

    Unfortunately, no. When you purchase a Gift for Life, your donation goes toward the project, which includes giving out the gift you’ve selected. We do receive stories from our partners of families who have been blessed as a result of the programme, but we are not able to trace each individual who is benefitted through our Gift for Life programme.

  • How can I get more information on the projects these gifts support?

    How can I get more information on the projects these gifts support?

    For more information regarding the projects featured in Gift for Life please contact Tearfund on 0800 800 777 or email: enquiries@tearfund.org.nz

  • I sponsor a child, can I send the child I sponsor a Gift for Life?

    I sponsor a child, can I send the child I sponsor a Gift for Life?

    If you would like to send a gift to the child you sponsor, please email enquiries@tearfund.org.nz or send through a donation with details of the child you sponsor to Tearfund. We will then be sure your gift makes it to your child.

  • Why don't you have jandals?

    Why don't you have jandals?

    We no longer offer jandals as the project has now become fully funded. We want to ensure our gifts are the ones that are most needed in a vulnerable community, so when the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project, Tearfund redirects donations to where it is needed most. Why not purchase Timely Tucker (emergency food) a family in need instead?



Order and Delivery Details

  • How do I order?

    How do I order?

    It's easy! You can order items from our unique gift catalogue by phone or online.
    Online by  visiting the gifts section on this website, or alternatively you can give us a call on 0800 800 777 (24 hours).

  • How long does it take for an e-card to be delivered?

    How long does it take for an e-card to be delivered?

    E-cards are sent as soon as the order has been finalised and payment has been authorised. They should arrive within a few minutes, however, internet traffic and many other factors can sometimes delay delivery. You will be sent a confirmation of your e-card order. If you have made an error on the delivery address for your e-card the email should be returned to the sender address you entered. You will then need to resend the e-card to the correct recipient’s address.

  • How long does it take for my physical gift card to be delivered?

    How long does it take for my physical gift card to be delivered?

    To ensure that you receive your cards in time, Christmas orders should be made before the 16th of December. Paying for a courier is the best way to ensure you receive your cards in time.

    Please allow at least five working days from when you make your order, plus NZ Post delivery (see below). International deliveries will be dependent on the postal service of the country specified for delivery. Delivery service of cards can vary depending on the time of year eg. leading up to Christmas deliveries may take longer than usual.

    NB: Due to the increased volume of Christmas parcels and letters sent via NZ Post, some customers have been experiencing delays of up to two weeks. We try our best to process your orders as quickly as possible, but to ensure a quick delivery, please select courier at the checkout for an additional $5.

    • Auckland: Up to 5 days
    • Nationwide: Up to two weeks
    • Rural Delivery: Up to two weeks

    *courier not available for international deliveries, orders will be sent via surface mail.

  • What is the last date for orders for Christmas?

    What is the last date for orders for Christmas?

    December 15th is the last date for Christmas orders that require a physical card. Any orders for physical cards made after 22nd of December will be processed in the New Year. E-cards can be ordered anytime and will be processed immediately pending the internet traffic and network. We do recommend you make your order well in advance of the Christmas rush to avoid disappointment. As deliveries are reliant on NZ Post we cannot guarantee that orders will be received prior to Christmas.Please feel free to contact us with regard to the status of your order.

  • Will my Gift for Life card be delivered direct to my friend or relative?

    Will my Gift for Life card be delivered direct to my friend or relative?

    The physical card will be sent to you so you can write a special note inside the card.



Your Donation

  • How does it work? And where does my money go?

    How does it work? And where does my money go?

    When you buy a Gift for Life, your donation goes to our overseas partner. This allows them to help the poorest and most vulnerable in the communities they work in, which includes giving families and individuals the gift you’ve selected. For example, when you buy a goat, the money goes to our partners who provide goats in Nepal or Afghanistan. A donation like this will help provide goats and give training on milk processing and animal health to vulnerable families.

    Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project, Tearfund will redirect donations to where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.

  • How do I know my money gets there?

    How do I know my money gets there?

    Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners, and we in turn are audited by external auditors and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved.

  • How much of my donation reaches the project?

    How much of my donation reaches the project?

    Approximately 77% of your donation will reach the project. We are continually endeavouring to reduce the cost of our operations so that we can make the biggest impact possible. If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact enquiries@tearfund.org.nz

  • Are Gift for Life purchases tax-deductible?

    Are Gift for Life purchases tax-deductible?

    Yes. Because we are a registered charity, when you purchase a Gift for Life, you can expect to receive a tax-deductible receipt at the end of the tax year in March.

  • Can I have a receipt made out to the person receiving the card?

    Can I have a receipt made out to the person receiving the card?

    Sorry, no. The money received is a donation to Tearfund so the donor must receive the receipt.