If retailers opening on Thanksgiving Day, mobs flocking into stores on Black Friday like locusts, and slow as molasses internet connections on Cyber Monday - all in the name of consumption - made you a little queasy, then you’ll cheer for #Giving Tuesday. Today’s national day of giving started last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profits. The movement is gaining momentum and is backed this year by the United Nations Foundation and a powerful list of corporations and non-profits. Now don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with gift buying, and the economy needs it too. So how about combining shopping and philanthropy? Today’s holiday gift shopping guide is all about gifts that give back.
Charity Pot. Lush (fresh hand made cosmetics) It began as a simple idea. Create a luxurious hand and body lotion with beautiful ingredients and sell it in our shops and online to benefit small charities. With every purchase of Charity Pot, lush donates 100%of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organizations - $4million to 350 charities since 2007. Lush. $5.95 - $22.95
Hucksley has wonderful products from emerging brands and 25% of every purchase helps build a sustainable water project or a primary school (you get to choose which one.) We loved this Lined Cozy Touch Gloves. Suitable for colder climates. Cozy, beautiful, essential gloves in solid colors. Hucksley. $28.00
The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward. Giving Key $45.
Can One Person Change the World? Jim ziiolkowski has done just that, and Walk in Their Shoes is the powerful, personal story of the man behind the buildOn movement — which builds schools in developing countries and empowers inner-city youth through community-service programs in the U.S. — and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time. Buy the book and a donor match of $15 will go to build a school in Africa! Plus, you’ll be instantly entered to win a trip for two to see our work. What a great inspirational gift.
A Necklace that Funds Clean Water. This limited-edition necklace, designed by Satya, is a symbol of solidarity, where small actions spark great change. Dubbed “The Oasis” this piece represents vitality and balance. The blue agate stone in the center is a symbol of courage, protection and healing--bringing clean water to the people of Orissa, India. $40 from each purchase directly funds clean water projects in India. Oasis Necklace $98.
If PJs are on your gift list, give a pair of beautiful PUNJAMMIES™ and you’ll help give a fair wage and a fresh start for women in India who have escaped human sex trafficking. Punjammies. $35. Made with hope in India.