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Published on December 18, 2015

Making Your Gift List Count

As you struggle to find last minute presents for your loved ones this year, consider gifts that also help out the less fortunate. These unique ideas will spread the holiday cheer from your home to the homes of families in need.   

  1. Gifts That Give: This year, purchase presents from an organization that provides valuable goods and services in exchange. For each item you buy, TOMS gives shoes, restored sight, safe birth or safe water to those in need. Likewise, a portion of the sales of each backpack, tote or purse you purchase from Stone & Cloth goes toward helping children around the world access school supplies and scholarships. Bird & Stone donates 15% of the proceeds from its jewelry sales toward funding microloans and financial training for widowed women in Kenya. 

  2. Socially Conscious Gifts: Another way to show your support is through Fair Trade gifts, which means fair prices are paid to the artisans in developing countries who crafted them. All Across Africa works with socially and economically marginalized makers in Africa to provide a place to sell their products, ranging from home décor to accessories. Similarly, Far & Wide Collective partners with talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging countries to find a market for their work, which includes clothing and jewelry. Shopping for a Change, another Fair Trade organization, has a wide array of products, with categories for men and kids. 

  3. Gifts for a Cause: Maybe you already have all your gifts in mind, but you just haven’t purchased them yet. GoodShop not only partners with thousands of retailers like Amazon, Macy’s, Target and Best Buy to get shoppers the latest deals, it also donates a percentage of your purchase to the cause of your choice at no extra cost. GreaterGood works in much the same way but only offers products through their site, not other retailers.  

  4. The Gift of Donation: This is a great gift to give to someone who already has all the clothing, gadgets and accessories they could possibly need. Find a cause your friend or family member is passionate about, like the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States or UNICEF. Your kids might not be too happy without a tangible gift, however, so consider purchasing two toys this holiday season: one for your child and one for him or her to donate to a local charity.

How are you giving back this holiday season? Share in the comments below!

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