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Allison Hottinger and Lisa Kalberer are sisters who are passionate about giving back. As they began to raise their own families, they realized that the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving was getting lost in the hustle and bustle of the season.

They put pen to paper, wood to the saw, and clay in their hands to create the book, manger, and Baby Jesus that make up The Giving Manger – a complete tradition to help families focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

They never could have imagined how The Giving Manger would grow so rapidly, to help families spread kindness and shift the focus of Christmas from what they will be getting to what they can give to others.

In last Christmas season alone over 5,000,000 acts of kindness were inspired from this tradition that they started in their own homes with their children.

Allison lives in Ladera Ranch, California, and Lisa lives in Austin, Texas. 

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  • Allison Hottinger


    When you meet Allison, you realize that kindness and giving have greatly affected her life. She lives as such. Constantly looking for new ways to make giving easier for the home, she is always full of ideas. As a wife and mom to five, she is always trying to make giving a priority in her home and is aware of the difficultly to make giving happen on a regular basis. Through The Giving Manger, she hopes that families find giving fun and easy and in doing so remember the real reason to celebrate is Jesus.

  • Lisa Kalberer


    When you meet Lisa, you’ll notice that her energy and passion is contagious beyond anyone you’ve ever met. Over the past five years, she’s put her heart and soul into building The Giving Manger from Texas with her sweet husband and son. Not only is she passionate about giving, but she is passionate about building companies and building up all the people around her. She will challenge the status quo, encourage others to live out their dreams, and won’t stop until every home that wants a Giving Manger has one. You might’ve spotted her and her sweet son at the airport last Christmas passing out candy canes and smiles.




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