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Charity Gifts: Better Gifts for a Better World

How to bring hope, joy, and gratitude through charitable gift-giving.

Gift-giving is a long-standing tradition and finding that unique gift can become a tiring exercise. Too often we exchange gifts that are less meaningful than we would like and those often end up being regifted or shelved. Doing something for the less fortunate can be both fulfilling and bring meaningfulness back into gift-giving.

Investing our gift money to save lives, provide clean water, shoes, blankets, or empowering self-sufficiency makes a huge difference for those in need. Giving hope by supporting a good cause will make the holiday season so much more special for all involved. We’ve provided our readers with a list of ideas for giving charity gifts. Make a purchase and a percentage or item is donated to a charity. Some purchases allow you to donate on someone’s behalf or you can provide them a gift card so they can choose their donation. Uplift someone’s life in the holiday spirit, you couldn’t give a more valuable gift!

cuddle+kind Hand-Knit Dolls

Jen and Derek Woodgate were moved to take action after watching a television documentary on the devastating problem of childhood hunger. Having backgrounds in health and being nurturing parents to three children, they knew the importance of having enough food to thrive. They formed the company cuddle+kind to make beautiful hand-knit dolls whose proceeds could help feed children. For every doll sold, 10 nutritious meals would be given to children in need. Instead of relying on donations, they wanted a sustainable stream of giving. Each doll is tenderly handcrafted by Peruvian women artisans which provides them a sustainable, fair trade income. Since 2015, over 8 million meals have been provided. You can help reach their goal of providing 1 million meals a year by choosing to buy from the many adorable all-cotton dolls featured on the cuddle+kind website or on Amazon.

TOMS Shoes and Eyewear

Blake Mykoskie traveled to Argentina in 2006 and was struck by the sight of so many shoeless children struggling in their hardship that he decided to do something about it. He founded TOMS Shoes and a crafted a business model called One for One that helps a person in need for each product sold. For the past 13 years, TOMS has positively impacted the lives of over 97 million people in 85 countries. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, a pair of new shoes is matched for a child in need. TOMS Eyewear was introduced in 2011 and followed the same business model. Every pair sold provides prescription glasses, medical treatment, or sight-saving surgery. This was followed by TOMS Roasting Company which supplies safe clean water and in 2015, TOMS Bag Collection began to furnish birthing kits and training for skilled birth attendants. Be a part of the movement and shop TOMS website or Amazon.

Sackcloth & Ashes Blankets

For every beautiful blanket purchased, a blanket is given to a local homeless shelter. Bob Dalton is the founder of Sackcloth & Ashes and was inspired by his mother’s story of living on the streets. He wanted to help the homeless and in checking with homeless shelters for what they needed most; they all expressed the need for more blankets. That’s what he set out to do. Each blanket is made from recycled materials and comes in a variety of designs. In 2018, their first campaign was launched called Blanket the United States with a goal to donate one million blankets to homeless shelters by 2024. Warm up with a blanket and know someone in need will too, start by visiting the Sackcloth & Ashes website.

Out of Print Bookish Apparel and Accessories

Bookworms can wear their favorite stories and share the joy of reading. With every purchase, Out of Print donates books and supports literacy programs worldwide. Since 2010, over 3 million books have been donated to communities in need. Out of Print takes literary classics and creates beautifully crafted book-themed apparel and accessories. Choose from totes, socks, shirts, and accessories, and know that you’ll be helping someone to read. Select by title, author, or genre, and make a favorite book a favorite wearable. To support literacy initiatives, start by visiting the Out of Print website or go to Amazon.

Alex and Ani Jewelry

Carolyn Rafaelian is the founder of Alex and Ani and is the driving force behind the company’s humanitarian efforts to support charities that have global impact. Her jewelry is eco-conscious and handcrafted with meaningful designs. Her vision is that her jewelry connects the wearer with a greater purpose. The Charity by Design collection benefits specific charities and has yielded over $46 million in donations. Some of the charities supported include Living Water International, Habitat for Humanity, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, National Autism Association, and there’s so many more. If you’re looking for jewelry with fine craftsmanship and heart, you must peruse the Charity by Design collection on the Alex and Ani website or on Amazon.

State Bags

Buy a bag and State automatically helps support children and families in need throughout America. Known for holding their signature bag drop rallies, they donate fully loaded backpacks, help fund special projects with partner charities and schools, and create awareness on social injustices impacting the lives of those they serve. Each bag is meticulously crafted and hundreds of thousands have been distributed to kids in need. Want one of these high style beauties? Check out the State Bags website or see them on Amazon.

Sevenly Wearables and Gear

Since 2011, Sevenly’s business model, based on fair trade, has enabled them to donate millions to worthy causes. Sevenly helps support organizations focused on medical research and helping people facing health challenges, autism awareness, nature conservation, social causes, education for everyone, and helping those impacted by disasters. They offer a full line of clothing for men, women, kids, and babies as well as lifestyle accessories. Check out their fine products on the Sevenly website.

Browse through Heifer International’s Gift Catalog and you could make a real impact in people’s lives whether it’s providing animals for self-sustainability, caring for the earth to provide basic necessities like clean water and sanitation, or women’s empowerment including education to reach their full potential. You can donate a gift in honor of someone or send them a gift card so they can choose what they’d like to donate. Gift costs can be paid in full or be shared. They’ve been fighting hunger and poverty through education for over 75 years. Check out the work they do and their gift catalog on the Heifer international website.

Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

Rescue children in crisis, care for an orphan, help prevent human trafficking, care for desperate refugees — these are just some examples of the great human needs that you can donate a gift toward through the Christian-based Samaritan’s Purse. Check out the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog and you can gift or share the cost of life-changing projects such as restoring sight to the blind, mending a cleft lip, building a home for a family, and there’s lots more to choose from. See the amazing work they do and view the Gift Catalog on the Samaritan’s Purse website.