The gifts cost from £5 to £3,389 and have been requested by communities in the countries where the charity works. They include llamas for farming communities in Bolivia and a cowpat-fuelled stove that will provide heat, cooking facilities and improved ventilation for families in Nepal.
Michaela Strachan, the TV presenter, launched the catalogue last week. Charities launching alternative gift catalogues this week include the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, WaterAid and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.
Transaid, the development charity, is asking corporate supporters to make donations in return for digital Christmas cards, calendars and screen savers as part of its 10th anniversary campaign. It is asking donors to give between £250 and £5,000, depending on the number of staff they employ. See www.transaid.org/Christmas.
Lifelites, a charity that provides education and entertainment technology for children in hospices, is launching Overdress for Work Day on 7 December. Supporters will be invited to raise money by giving donations of a minimum of £2 and dressing up in their best or most ridiculous outfits.
The Rock Trust, which works with homeless and socially excluded young people in Edinburgh and West Lothian, is holding a sponsored sleep-out on the night of 30 November. Supporters will be sponsored to sleep outside churches in the region.