Are you making your holiday list and checking it twice? This season, consider a gift for your loved ones that gives back. Whether it provides treatment for children and women in poverty or ensures vital resources to those who need them most, rest assured that your purchase can put on a smile on someone’s face and go a long way.
We’ve compiled a list of gifts that give back. This is the first of two posts. Enjoy!
Give a bracelet that gives back
Purchase an Ani “Charity by Design” bracelet for $21-28 by Alex and Ani to support a worthy global issue. 20% of the proceeds goes directly to various causes including Global Fund, March of Dimes and UNICEF. This gift supports Alex and Ani’s mission to help all children reach their full potential.
Want to join the fight against poverty? There is no better time than now with CARE’s new holiday catalog, which has something for everyone. Not only that but 90% of expenses go to program activities around the world. Gifts range from a 3-month emergency water supply to a goat that gives a family nourishing milk to drink. Sift through their catalog here and find something meaningful for both the recipient and yourself.
The Fistula Foundation is dedicated to ending the suffering caused by the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula. They have a range of gifts including holiday cards, which are a great way to help create awareness. A simple donation of $25 can help provide critical treatment for women in need.
Give a gift that helps prevents malaria
Goodbye Malaria is an initiative to support malaria elimination programs in Mozambique. The organization is selling bright pajama bottoms, teddy bears, and bracelets to help support their work. Gifts range from $5.50 to $45. Shop here.
More than 400 babies around the world are infected with HIV every day. You can help them by donating just $10 to mothers2mothers to help a HIV-positive mom protect her baby from HIV. $25 a month funds nutritious meals so HIV-positive women can have healthy pregnancies. $50 pays for three months of access to critical medical treatment. Donate here.
ONE has a wide range of handmade products that are perfect for holiday gifts, from beautiful scarves made in Ethiopia to hand-crochet pom beanies. Each piece tells a story about the work ONE supports to help fight poverty. For example, the Armadillo Song Necklace, pictured on the left, is made from recycled paper by women in Northern Uganda. It’s available in three colors and retails at $48. Get inspired by their collection here.
For the second year in a row, our friends at RED are turning home shopping on its head for our 2016 (RED) SHOPATHON and as part of a shopping extravaganza with over 190 amazing products that are part of the (RED) collection. Gifts include Deborah Lippman nail polish, S’Well water bottles, African made products including special (RED) collections from Ubuntu Made, Global Goods and Indego Africa. Check out their products here.
Take Action Challenge
Aren’t these gifts incredible? We are are thrilled to share them with you. Give one to a woman or child you know and let your friends know you got the idea here by sharing our gift guide.