It’s holiday shopping season, but don’t lose sight in what this season is really all about. It’s far better to give than receive, and it’s even better to give to those less fortunate and charitable causes. Here’s a roundup of gifts you can give that also give back.
1. West Elm Mugs
They’ve debuted 10 new coffee cup designs this holiday season, and each benefits a different charitable organization. For every mug sold, West Elm donates 50% of the purchase price. Causes include Teach for America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Oceana, It Gets Better, Doctors Without Borders, ASPCA, Architecture for Humanity, The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
2. Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages creates fair trade and income-earning opportunities for artisans in developing countries. They sell decor accents, accessories, and unique gifts. If you know a knitter or someone that’s looking to start, then this little kit will be just the right fit for them.
3. One Hope Wine
A bottle makes for an easy hostess gift, and this brand gives half of the profits to various causes. Some bottles go to a specific cause while others are split to many. They’ve donated over $1,000,000 to their charitable partners so far. This bottle of Cabernet goes to Help Children with Autism and is moderately priced at $18.99.
4. The Giving Keys
Their site sums it up in a nutshell: The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.
5. Kohl’s Cares Peanuts Gifts
These plush stuffed animals and story books give 100% of the net profits to kids health & education initiatives nationwide. Kohl’s has raised over $231 million dollars since 2000.
This stocking stuffer is a buy one, give one. These bamboo tooth brushes are the creation on a brother and sister that are children of dentists and wanted to do good. Each toothbrush purchased will also buy one for someone in need.
7. Same Sky Wrap
Same Sky creates jobs globally for women struggling to get out out of poverty. They believe in empowering women and giving them the tools they need to become self sufficient. 100% of the net proceeds are reinvested to train more women as artisans and offer employment that pays 15 to 20 times higher than the average wage in Sub Shararan Africa.
8. Sweet Home Gifts
35% of the retail goes to help homeless mothers and their children fund educations, find jobs, and move into homes of their own.
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