Who Needs Another Trinket? 6 Gifts That Make An Impact (Part 1)


December 4, 2012

Most of us spend much of the holiday season wracking our brains for the perfect gifts for loved ones and friends. Often the recipients are so hard to buy for because truly–there is little they need. The few wants they might have are typically out of our budget (the Porsche, the dream home!).

Did you know that the vast majority of us would actually love to be able to help others? In fact, 83 percent of us would prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else, instead of a traditional holiday gift like clothing or electronics! But where to shop? You’ve come to right place! Our Million Moms Challenge partners have gifts that give over generations.

World Vision:
From a micro-loan, to clean water, to animals to ensure protein and transport, the World Vision gift catalogue literally has something for everyone. One of our favorite sections highlights a range of gifts that support girls and women in their fight for education, safety and empowerment. You can choose your gift here.

Future Fortified:
100 percent of Future Fortified’s proceeds go toward improving nutrition for pregnant women, new moms and young children. Their gifts are made of organic fabrics. Choose from cute onesies and bibs for the littlest amongst us, to this tote reminding us every day of our commitment to the future. Shop right here.

Mercy Corps:
“Give hope. Give a goat!” Mercy Corps is driven by their mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Their gift guide helps you match gifts with the interests of your recipient. Clean water, animals, tools for a small business start up, are all on holiday lists around the world this year. You can select your perfect gift right here.

ONE Campaign:
Exclusively made for ONE, these beautiful scarves are handmade with 100 percent African cotton by fashionABLE, a company that works to create economic opportunities for women in Ethiopia who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  Each style is named after the woman who designed it and includes a description of what she was able to do as a result of having the job. Purchase in coral here or slate and marigold here. We wear ours all the time!

One person. One gift. One world without poverty. CARE shows what your donations, in either your own or a loved one’s name, are doing around the world. Gifts are being matched, dollar for dollar, until December 31st and $100 is enough to place four girls in school for a year! That means for $25 you can put one girl on the pathway of education. Give here.

Save the Children:
You can buy ready-to-use food laden with nutrients, send an orphan to school or enroll a child in preschool. Our favorite is a donkey to help transport wares to market. Donkeys provide families with continuous labor pulling carts, hauling water and plowing fields. With a donkey, families have a greater chance of a successful harvest. Shop Save the Children’s catalogue right here.

The Take Action Challenge: Make this holiday season one that counts. Help mothers and their families with a small gift, and pass your compassion and good will on to your family and friends by giving the gift in their name.  There is so much we can do. Put thoughtful gift giving at the top of your to do list, and stay tuned for part two of our Gifts That Make An Impact!

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