Sometimes, the best gifts are those that pay it forward to someone in need. From coffee that provides clean water for people in Uganda to custom stamps that provide food to more than 37 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, here are several gifts to add to your shopping list this season:
Provide water and education for the people of Uganda with coffee purchase.
(Starting at $10) Three Avocados Coffee is a non-profit coffee company that grows coffee in Uganda and Nicaragua, by small farmers. The company provides 100% of their profits toward clean water and education for the people of Uganda.
Fight AIDS with purchase of Beats By Dre Solo2 Headphones.
($200) A portion of the proceeds from these vibrant headphones benefits (RED), the nonprofit organization founded by U2 frontman Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage people in the fight against AIDS.
Provide food to those in need with purchase of Motif custom ink stamps.
($40) Five dollars from every custom stamp purchased benefits Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that provides food to more than 37 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
Provide 200 school meals for children in Kenya with purchase of Heritage Makindu Bag.
($295) FEED’s first-ever leather bags—all handmade by artisans in Kenya.
Help provide 1,000,000 meals to families this holiday season.
($38-$48) Kiehl’s teamed up with Norman Rockwell and Feeding America to provide meals to families this holiday season. 100 percent of net profits, up to $100,000 will be donated to the food assistance program, which has a presence in all 50 states.
Support the cooperative movement to help empower women with the purchase of Atitlan Beauty Bag.
($30) Thirty-three percent of all sales on WeSeeBeauty.com are donated to the We See Beauty Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the cooperative movement. This graphic zip-top beauty bag with Italian leather is woven by Mercado Global’s network of women-led Mayan cooperatives in the highlands of Guatemala. Hand-woven in Guatemala. Handmade in North Carolina.
Provide underserved children and families with Arts and Mentoring with the purchase of a Limited Edition Wine Set.
($100) For the wine enthusiast in your life, the SAVED Wines limited-edition set provides 100 percent of proceeds to Free Arts NYC, an organization that provides underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.
Provide children affected by war with an education by purchasing a specially marked item from the The Body Shop.
($3- $60) The Body Shop teamed up with War Child to provide children affected by war with an education. For every specially marked gift set sold, they will make a contribution that funds a class. Their goal is to provide 6 million classes.