My mom always did a lot of charity work when we were kids, but that was mostly because she grew up wealthy and that’s what those little debutantes did back then if they were being raised for a life of glorious housewifery. Even though my dad did a lot of work with his church, my sister and I never caught on to the idea of “giving back”. We were always horrific, selfish little girls who never shared and spat on the poor children.
I kid! We actually played with them if we were forced to.
Nowadays, teaching gratitude and giving back to your kids has become delightfully mainstream, and there are easy and creative and fun ways to donate.
Here are 5 fantastic ideas for holiday gifts that give back this season.
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1. GOAT! Gift a family a goat in someone’s name and I promise this will be the coolest gift they have ever gotten. Heifer International has all sorts of gift options that range in price, for each gift your recipient will receive a card, and how awesome to know that you are providing food and maybe schooling for kids.
2. Sevenly donates $7 to charity for each item purchased from them. You can choose from prints, accessories, or clothing (or a gift card), and know that you’re helping to change the world. Each week they focus on a new cause to give money to, and you can watch their homepage for how much they have raised for that specific charity. They’ve raised over $4 million since 2011!
3. (RED) partners with big brands to offer products that give back to stop HIV. You could probably finish all of your holiday shopping on that one site, including stocking stuffers, and feel like a million bucks. And grow a halo.
4. Holy coolness. We Wood sells wooden watches. And they are gorgeous. They have all sorts of styles and for each one you buy, they plant a tree. Of course, they offer gift cards as well, and I just noticed wooden sunglasses on their site, which I hadn’t spied before. I want these:
5. Baby Teresa – for each yummy organic baby outfit you buy, they donate one to a child in need. For each accessory sold, they donate a portion to buy formula.
So? What do you think- do you seek out charitable sites when you are looking to shop? Researching these has been really fun and educational for me, and I love that you can actually find some really beautifully designed stuff to buy and feel good about doing it. Happy shopping!
Also see Pragmatic Mom’s post for today as we team up for our 12 days of gift giving.
See all of the gift guides in our 12 Days of Shopping:
Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists • Mia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers