10 Charitable Gift Ideas We Love
this year, we thought it might be a good idea to spice up the usual gift guide with a list of ten extra special gifts that give back. Because after all, that’s what the holiday season is all about anyway, isn’t it?
Gifts That Give Back
The holidays are always a time of giving, but, unfortunately, we typically tend to give the most to those who already have too much (how many pairs of pyjamas and picture frames does one person need, really?). So this year, we thought it might be a good idea to spice up the usual gift guide with a list of ten extra special gifts that give back. Because after all, that’s what the holiday season is all about anyway, isn’t it?
For each pair of shoes purchased, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need. So we figured, what better way to celebrate the holidays than by snapping up these sparkling wintry slip-ons and knowing you’ve put a smile on two people’s faces for the price of one?
Have a friend or family member with a love of travel and a whack of photographs to prove it? Simply choose a favoured photo, upload it to Photo Circle and select the region it was taken in. From there, choose any charitable project available in that same region and voila! The picture will be printed in whatever medium you wish (acrylic glass, canvas, etc) and a percentage of the cost will go directly to the project you chose. Now that’s picture perfect.
Vaunted by many a celebrity, Same Sky jewellery stands for much more than just eye candy. It’s a company based on the mantra “women helping women”, and was born out of the struggle to sustain employment for HIV-positive, poverty stricken women in Africa. This gorgeous beaded bracelet is just one of many distinct and colourful designs ideal for any bighearted fashionista.
Operation Christmas Child
One of the best and most precious gifts you can give over the holiday season is time. Operation Christmas Child allows you and your family to partake in a number of charitable events that contribute to the packaging and distribution of gifts and supplies to the less fortunate, worldwide. Sounds to us like Santa’s elves might have some competition this year.
Perfect for any yogi, these organic African gaucho pants, care of Global Girlfriend, are fair trade, eco-friendly and handmade by women in Uganda. Oh and did we mention that they’re super comfy?
A completely unique gift from Plan Canada. You can donate three adorable baby chicks to a family in a developing country (no, not as pets…or roast dinner). These chickens’ eggs quickly become a source of income for the family and a learning tool for young girls to educate themselves in livestock management.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust offers a fostering program for orphaned elephants and rhinos rescued and brought to a sanctuary in Kenya for rehabilitation and care. By fostering a pachyderm in a loved one’s name, they’ll receive a certificate with their adoptees profile and photograph, and monthly updates for an entire year, because, well, elephants never forget.
Products from Kiehls always seem to get us excited no matter what occasion, and this holiday season we can barely contain ourselves with the new, limited edition Crème de Corps collection designed by artist, Kenny Scharf. In addition to the exclusive and vibrant labels, 100% of all proceeds will contribute to 40 children’s causes, globally. Don’t have to tell us twice.
The Nature Conservancy
Know any eco-warriors? Then this might be the gift for them. The Nature Conservancy offers the chance to adopt a coral reef from Papua New Guinea and preserve its colourful sponge and rich and diverse marine life that is rapidly depleting. Your green giftee will also receive a personalized certificate with a signature photo of the bay and a few other trinkets to slip into their stocking.