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A Heifer International gift for the holidays - theartmuseHow was your Thanksgiving? We enjoyed a nice, quiet dinner at home before heading to the movies to watch Creed. You guys have to see it. If you loved the Rocky franchise, you will get the feels. Trust me. There were several nostalgic moments that almost made me shed a tear. Alright, I did shed a few tears. Quite a few. My mom was obsessed with Sylvester Stallone when I was growing up. Not only did she take me to see every Stallone movie out, she had a huge Rocky III poster hanging in her closet for many years. A much older Stallone combined with the infamous Rocky theme song got me all choked up. It was the perfect film to end a day filled with gratitude and happiness, and I'm glad my son and I got to enjoy it together.

Thanksgiving is over and it is officially the season of giving. Are you already shopping? If so, I have a few ideas for your shopping list.

Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity.

Heifer International sent me this beautiful, cozy scarf handmade in Peru. They also sent me an extra one, which I plan to give my niece who travels back and forth from Michigan and Chicago. Not sure which is colder! If you know someone who loves unique gifts, then you have to check out the Heifer Holiday Catalog. Your purchase can help an artisan in Perú, a child in Africa, a family in Honduras and/or a woman in Nepal.

Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity by helping communities and delivering sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. When families gain a new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses, like Tres Alpaquitas in Marcapata near Cusco, Perú (where my scarf is from). The scarves are all one of a kind and crafted by hand using fiber from Alpaca, and feels so soft and warm.

Choose a meaningful gift this year to give a loved one and help families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. There are tons of beautiful items to choose from at Heifer Holiday Catalog. If you do purchase something, tag me at @theartmuse and use the hashtag #GiveHeifer. I would love to see it and share with others!