Gifts that Give Back: 5 Gifts You Can Buy That Help Those in Need This Christmas
Christmas is all about giving. You give gifts to people you know and you give gifts to help those in need. Well, what if you could buy one present that can serve both purposes. We’ve got a list of 10 gifts that can help you feel good about the gifts you give because they give back to someone who needs an extra lift this Christmas.
Image Source: UNICEF Their e-commerce website features beautiful handmade products by artists from all corners of the globe. You can buy an alpaca scarf, gold bracelet, or even donate a box of education supplies to a child in need on behalf of a person on your Christmas shopping list. The proceeds help UNICEF bring humanitarian aid to children in need, including food, shelter, medical help, and education. They also advocate for the rights of children to governments and international organizations. This is one of the best ways to give a gift that will better someone’s life as a result of your purchase.
Image Source: Kiva Lend an amount to someone in need around the world. They will pay the loan back, which allows you to reinvest that loan the amount to someone else who needs it. Choose who you want to loan the money to, from a list of applicants from various regions of the world. You can also select a loan applicant from different categories such as Women, Agriculture, Refugees, Education, etc. You choose the donation amount and the person, then you can print a card with the donation in honor of someone on your Christmas list. This is one of the most flattering and unique gifts to give that hard-to-shop-for-person.
Image Source: Warby Parker Give the gift of vision. Buy a stylish pair of Warby Parker sunglasses and they will give a pair of prescription eyeglasses to a child in need. They also have a program where a portion of their proceeds go towards training people to administer basic eye exams and sell affordable prescription eyewear.
Image Source: Cuddle + Kind This is a great company. All their dolls are heirloom quality and are ethically made in Peru. The concept behind this social enterprise is that for every doll sold, the company gives 10 meals to school children in need through the World Food Program (WFP) and the Children’s Hunger Fund. Their impact reaches from Canada and the US to Southeast Asia and Africa. The best thing about Cuddle + Kind is how much personality their dolls have!
Love Lotto is the first ever social good scratch card! What does that mean? It means you can buy (and send) directly from your computer, two lotto scratch cards to someone you know. What do they get? They get the satisfaction of playing to win one of four donations for someone in need. Every card is a winner so they also get the satisfaction that they just helped someone in need. Like any other lotto card, you scratch off each bubble to find what your donation will be: literacy tools, clean water, nutritious meals, or solar energy. Easy to give. Easy to play. It's a win-win!