Before you start your holiday shopping, consider gifts that give back this season and help support people and charities in need. There’s something for everyone on your list, supporting a wide range of meaningful causes, so shop away!
1. For Your BFF
Like the friendship bracelets you made at camp, only sweeter. These bracelets are hand-crafted by women and sold through Me to We, an organization that’s helping to empower women in Free the Children countries by creating an opportunity for them to sell their goods at fair prices.
Pompom Bracelet, $30. Available at www.shop.metowe.com.
2. For the Home Body
Curling up in bed with a colourful tray table is fabulous, but a site that donates $1 or every $5 spent is ever better. Gifts that Give fills their site with incredible items and a portion of every sale is donated to a charity of your choice at checkout.
Cottage Rose Lap Desk, $24. Available at www.giftsthatgive.com.
3. For the Fashionable
Help support the Sadhna Women’s Cooperative in India and Plan Canada projects for children with the purchase of this gorgeous limited-edition handmade scarf.
Double Happiness Olsen Europe Scarf, $100. Available at www.plancanada.ca.
4. For The French Cuffed
Gift the most fashionable man in your life a pair of these chic cuff links, handmade by artisans in Rwanda. Proceeds from Same Sky sales help to empower HIV-positive women in Africa through meaningful work in a supportive community.
Silver Cuff Links, $100. Available at www.samesky.com.
5. For the Woman On the Go
These colourful pouches are perfect for storing makeup in a purse or odds and ends while travelling, plus, each handmade bag sold creates 25 school meals for children in need through the FEED foundation. How’s that for practical?
Feed India Pouches, $32.50. Available at www.feedprojects.com.
6. For the Eco Queen
Consonant’s Help Some-Body Soap is filled with essential oils of lavender and lemongrass and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund, making it the sweetest stocking stuffer ever.
Help Some-Body Soap, $12. Available at www.consonantbody.com.
7. For the Art Enthusiast
The classic Kiehl’s Creme do Corps body cream gets a wicked makeover this season with packaging designed by pop artist Kenny Scharf. Plus, 100 percent of the net profits from the sale of these limited-edition products will be donated to children’s charities.
Kiehls Creme de Corps, $45-$72. Available at Kiehl’s.
8. For The Collector
The legendary Missoni zig-zag print takes an adorable turn as it graces limited-edition teddy bears and elephants, an exclusive at Holt Renfrew this holiday season. Proceeds will go towards Holt Renfrew’s goal of raising $100,000 for OrphanAid Africa.
Missoni Bear & Elephant, $50. Available at Holt Renfrew.
9. For the Shoe Lover
Not only are Toms flats comfortable and insanely cute in silver glitter (perfect for the holidays), the company also donates one pair of shoes to children in need in more than 40 countries through their One for One program. They’ve donated more than 2,000,000 pairs of shoes so far!
Silver Glitters, $65. Available at www.toms.ca.
10. For the Yogi
These calming candles touch on the symbolic hand gestures from their native Bangladesh, meaning hope and wisdom. With every item purchased from Ten Thousand Villages, you’re supporting artisans through fair trade and exposing yourself (and your gift recipient) to cultures around the world.
Terra Cotta Hands Candleholder, $18. Available at www.tenthousandvillages.com.