“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou
When crisis deprives a community of its education resources, UNICEF’s School in a Box ($269) provides the necessary supplies to transform a tent or the shade of a tree into a school. There are enough supplies in this sturdy metal box for 40 students and 1 teacher for three months. Includes a wind-up solar radio! We’ve included this inspiring gift in Gifts that Give Back, but it would also make a wonderful gift to give on behalf of teachers, who would probably love to know that educational goodness was being done in their name. UNICEF has a wide range of Survival Gifts that give back, many for under $20. See the full range here.
Beautiful, delicious treats have never tasted so good! Founded in 2001 by Jeanne Grierson Eat My Words has evolved to what it is today: a confectionary lovers dream with a charitable twist. Eat My Words is dedicated to supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation attain its goals. Consider purchasing your holiday cookies, cupcakes and gingerbread towers from this online bakery so the sweet taste lingers much longer.
Vibes Hi-Fidelty Earplugs are the gift to give to the music lover in your life. Vibes are designed for live music: they allow you to protect your hearing without sacrificing sound quality or clarity. Vibes filter acoustics to lower the decibel levels to your environment without muffling or distorting the sound like traditional earplugs do. Each pair of Vibes earplugs includes a donation to Hear The World Foundation, a hearing health charity that provides hearing aids, surgeries, and education to children and families in need around the world. $23.99 per pair, available online.
Bird + Stone was founded on the principle that jewelry can do good and even improve the world. After volunteering in Kenya with a group of 70 widows, Elena, the founder, saw first hand the impact of micro-loans and how with opportunity women were able to pull themselves from poverty. The Dreambuilder cuff gives $5 to an entrepreneur to start a business in a Kenya through a partnership with the Sisi Fund. $38, available online.
TOMS is the One for One company. For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will provide a new pair of shoes to a child in need. With every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS will give sight to a person in need. With every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Prices range, available at various retailers and online.
Is there a baby or child on your list who loves luxe? Canadian luxury outerwear company Sentaler has a line of hats, $150, for babies and children that are the last word in softness and comfort. The best part is that 25% of the proceeds of all hats sold until March 2017 will be donated directly to SickKids Foundation, which raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKIds) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Sentaler ships world-wide from their Toronto showroom and is also available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and The Hudson’s Bay Company across Canada.
I have never been more proud to be a Canadian as I have been in 2016. What a joy it was to meet the people behind Happiness Is, a Canadian company whose mission it is to share our reasons for loving our Canadian-found happiness. The company was founded by 95-year-old Gordon Carton, a man with a mission to inspire all Canadians to join him in celebrating their happy moments. That’s what motivated him, at the age of 95, to start a casual clothing company. Every single Happiness Is article of clothing is made in Canada, by Canadians, and 10% of net proceeds go right back to Canadian not-for-profits. They are currently a proud supporter of the David Suzuki Foundation, dedicated to conserving our environment and finding solutions that will create a sustainable Canada. I have put this on my shopping list for Eldest, whose happiness is his time spent at camp in the summer in the great Canadian outdoors. I have never been more sure that a gift is a good fit. $59
Carol and Nathalie recently wrote about their experiences at the WE Day Family event and about how to give back as a family. One way to support the Me to We initiative during the gift-giving season is through their branded products. Two stocking suffers that we love are the Me to We mittens ($14.98) and the ME to WE rafiki bracelets, both available at Staples. You can shop the entire line of Me to We products at Staples.