You won’t see these under the tree:

Okay, so we got our Sam’s Club Gifts 2006 catalog in the mail the other day…

I kid you not… these are actual gifts listed in it:

1) “An unusual and rare diamond, not to be missed….

For the individual with a taste for the rare and spectacular in diamond beauty, this Cushion Cut 30.99 ct. Cognac diamond, (GIA Certified Fancy Dark Orange Brown, VVS1 clarity), is ripe and voluptuous in it’s color and cutting. Wearing this beautiful fancy color diamond is to witness a new world of glowing, sparkling color each day…..truly a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition.”


2) “From the cutters of the largest internally flawless diamond in the world (the 407 carat “Incomparable”) SAM’S CLUB presents another rare and precious gem exclusively priced for SAM’S CLUB Members. This 10.37 carat Heart Shaped diamond is GIA certified D Color, Internally Flawless and is ready to be mounted in a spectacular pendant or ring.

Guaranteed to be natural, non-treated and non conflict.
Dimensions of diamond = 13.50mm x 15.61mm x 7.81mm”


3) ” Whether for business or pleasure, you can simplify your travel schedule and flight experience by investing in the new Cessna Citation Mustang Light Jet. The Mustang is an entirely new kind of jet. Speed, seating, flight range and value – Sam’s Club offers all of this to our Members in this once-in-a-lifetime package. True 340-knot (391 mph) speed, cabin-class seating for six, single-pilot simplicity and a good half-continent of range, all come together with the lowest price tag of any Citation in over two decades. Best of all, this amazing new jet is being built and backed by the Cessna Aircraft Company. You can own the new Cessna Citation Mustang Light Jet – the ultimate travel package.

Your personal Membership to Sam’s Club is provided for life. The purchaser of the Once-In-Lifetime Cessna Citation Mustang package will receive a Lifetime Plus Membership to Sam’s Club. You will be granted lifetime shopping privileges to hundreds of Sam’s Club locations, complimentary health and medical discounts and tremendous savings on additional services unique to Sam’s Club Plus Members. With this once-in-a-lifetime package you will fly in style and through Sam’s Club you will live in style too.

Unlike many aviation concepts, this one flies, is FAA-certified and will deliver in 2007. This Once-in-a-Lifetime Cessna Citation Mustang and Sam’s Club® Lifetime Membership Package is only available on Sam’s Club invites you to pre-qualify by speaking with a Sam’s Club Member Service Representative at 1-888-746-7726 beginning November 1, 2006. Available for purchase on November 9, 2006 at Noon CST. ”

(sorry, but this is SOLD…)

4) “This year, when the divisional champs face off in Miami, Florida for the glory of becoming the champions, you and three of your friends could be at the game for every first down, every touchdown and every minute of pro football’s championship game. Sam’s Club and Samsung have worked together to create an experience of a lifetime for four football enthusiasts that includes tickets to the championship game, as well as entry to VIP events that are off-limits to ordinary fans!”


5) “This walk-in wine vault with brushed aluminum exterior holds approximately 1,500 bottles. It has a computer panel inventory system, Wine Mate cooling system for optimal temperature & humidity, redwood racks and glass windows & door. Each unit is hand built to order. Please allow eight weeks to build and ship your custom built wine vault. Each unit is shipped on three pallets, un-assembled. Minor carpentry and electrical skills are required to assemble. The panels interlock. If you require an area where the exhaust is placed differently than shown, this can be done, but will delay shipment. For the same cost, we can modify the dimensions (smaller only).”


Now, for the flip side of that:

Consider the following poverty statistics (from WorldVision):

Extreme Global Poverty … is more than 1 billion people around the world living on less than $1 a day. 
Because of extreme global poverty:

  • One child dies every 3 seconds because of AIDS or extreme poverty.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than 70 percent of the total world HIV-positive population.
  • More than 1 billion people do not have access to clean water.
  • 852 million people—most of them women and children—suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition.
  • Around the world, 104 million children do not go to school because of poverty.

Please, prayerfully consider what you can do to help the poor and hungry.

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” Acts 10:4b



  1. Americans really are spoiled aren’t they? We think if we don’t have a gigantic house, 2 brand new vehicles, designer clothing, etc…that we are “roughing it”. We should be thankful for what we have.
    1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

  2. Oh Karla, I love this post! It’s such a beautiful reminder of what is necessary. Love it.

  3. Glass Half Full says:

    AMAZING!!! Just shows you the state of our country and the world. We have so much, but so little if you know what I mean.

  4. Oh, yes! I got that catalog. Loved the trip to London, but really! I definitely can’t afford that right now :)

  5. We are Sam’s Club members and got this catalog too. I think it also had some ridiculous sports packages in it, too. I couldn’t throw this in the trash fast enough.

    I don’t care how much money you have, spending it on this kind of nonsense is sinful.

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