2. Give gifts to elders, parents, or community leaders
Do not give gifts directly to children. While it might “feel” better for you to see the child’s eyes light up with a gift, consider how it might feel if some stranger walked up your driveway and gave your child a present. Instead, give gifts to adults; specifically to community leaders and parents. You may indicate that your gift is intended for the children of that community, the authority figures should control when the gifts are received. Giving to community leaders protects children, teaches them that they will have to earn the gift from within their community, and prevents children from learning to beg.
3. Show everyone how to use the gift
As intuitive as you may think the item is, some people may have never seen what you are giving them. A friend did a mission with Operation Smile in Vietnam and gave a whole community toothbrushes and toothpaste. Before they left the village, they realized that a couple of kids had chewed off the top of the toothpaste lid and were eating the toothpaste because not only did they not know how to open it, they did not realize that the toothpaste was meant to clean their teeth and spit out after brushing.