Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The end of the year is also the most popular time for charitable giving. Almost a third of online donations are made during last two days of the year. I think a donation to someone’s favorite cause makes a great gift, but if you want to give something more tangible, here are six gifts that give back:
1. Plywood People Tall Tote, $10
This tote is made from upcycled materials from billboards in Atlanta and Charlotte. They are handmade in America by refugees, and bags like this one provide English classes and essential items to these refugees.
2. FEED Wine Bag, $22
I’m always looking for wine bags for hostess gifts. Buying this one provides five school meals to kids in need.
3. Cookies for Santa Gift Set, $10
This fun set includes gingerbread cookie mix and a cookie cutter and 100% of proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.
4. Mud Pie Baby Socks, $7
Ten cents from each purchase of these adorable little socks support the March of Dimes.
5. iSanctuary Necklace, $30
This necklace was made by a human trafficking survivor who is paid 100% above fair trade wage. Jewelry sales help provide opportunities and jobs for survivors in India and the United States.
November and December are the most popular months to make charitable donations. At the same time, we’re buying gifts for Christmas and other winter holidays. Gift catalogs from charities combine these things by allowing someone to buy gifts that benefit a nonprofit organization’s work in honor of their friends and relatives. Here are some of my favorites:
Donating a symbolic gift from the ASPCA allows you to give the recipient a customized certificate (that comes with an adorable picture of a rescued pet on it) or a card.
Sample Gifts: A $20 donation helps to provide antibiotics for sick pets or $25 can help pay for a puppy socialization class.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank has five different gift options. You can send an e-card to the recipient or print one.
Sample Gifts: $25 provides fresh fruits and vegetables for a week to a family of four.
Food for the Poor
The Food for the Poor gift catalog has gifts in seven different categories. They’ll email you cards to send to the recipient or you can print your own from their website.
Sample Gifts: A kerosene stove for a Haitian family is $5. It’s also on Oprah’s list of 16 Ways to Make an Incredible Impact with Less Than $15.
The World Vision catalog has over 100 gifts. They’ll send a card to the recipient for free or you can chose to email the card or print one out.
Sample Gifts: For $25 you can provide job training to girls and women. Seeds for one family are $17.
The Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog has 44 gifts. You can select a card to be sent to the recipient at checkout.
Sample Gifts: I love the cute “Jesus Loves Me” Stuffed Lambs. They’re only $4 and are distributed to children affected by war and other traumatic events.
What are your favorite charities to donate to?