Still looking for the perfect gifts to give? Why not check out some gifts that give back?
Many retailers and organizations sell products to benefit those who are less fortunate.
In some cases, the same product that is purchased will be donated, or a portion of proceeds from the sale will benefit needy people.
Not only are the purchases tax deductible, they also help others, which is what the spirit of the holidays is all about.
If you’re looking to give to more than just the loved ones on your list, check out these options for gifts that give back.
Art for a cause
Artists For Humanity, a Boston-based nonprofit, is selling cool one-of-a-kind gifts designed by creative local teens.
The art and designs can be found and purchased at the organization’s Faneuil Hall store, and sale proceeds go toward developing the art program.
Artists for Humanity was founded in 1991 and its mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing poor youth with keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Next
Jewerly and gift items
Since 1996, the Women’s Craft Cooperative of Rosie’s Place has helped women help themselves by selling necklaces, bookmarks, cuff links, key chains, bracelets, and other jewelry. All the items are made by women who receive services at Rosie’s Place, which calls itself a “sanctuary for poor and homeless women” in Boston.
Purchasing these items provides a salary for the artisans and supports services and programs at Rosie’s Place.
Where to buy: Rosie’s Place
Average price: $15 Next
Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact
This solid perfume compact is an elegant way to show your support of breast cancer awareness and touch up on fragrance, according to Estee Lauder’s website. The company will donate 100 percent of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Where to buy: www.esteelauder.com
Average price: $49.50 Next
2009 ONEHOPE Reserve Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma Coast
Enjoy this bottle of wine knowing that half of the purchase proceeds will go to Provide Clean Water, a nonprofit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The charity has so far provided clean drinking water to more than 2.5 million people.
Where to buy: www.onehopewine.com
Average price: $44.99 Next
RED Special Edition Tomato Pop Candle
Light this candle for a good cause. Part of your purchase of this new Jonathan Adler RED Special Edition Tomato Pop Candle will help provide up to 10 days of life-saving medicine to someone living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
Where to buy: www.jonathanadler.com
Average price: $38 Next
Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker
Give the gift of a slow cooked meal this holiday season — one for your loved one and one for someone in need.
For every Wonderbag purchased in the United States, one is donated to a family in need in Africa. According to the slow cooker maker, families in developing countries who use Wonderbag save up to 30 percent of their income otherwise spent on fuel for wood stoves.
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Average price: $50 Next
Winter accessories by Echo Design
Winter weather gear is always a pleaser, and this year you can also give that gift to those in need. For every winter accessory you purchase, Echo Design will donate two comparable items to those still in need because of Superstorm Sandy.
Where to buy: www.echodesign.com
Average price: $90 Next
LSTN Reclaimed Wood Headphones
Hear that? It’s the sound of good works.
LSTN headphones are made out of reclaimed wood and proceeds from your purchase go to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a nonprofit that helps the hearing impaired enjoy music for the first time.
Where to buy: www.lstnhealdphones.com
Average price: $100
Imagine a one-stop shop to donate to organizations like the ASPCA, Teach for America, Doctors Without Borders, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These contemporary mugs are all you’ll need to satisfy the giver in you.
West Elm will donate 50 percent of the purchase price from the sale of each mug to the mug’s respective organization.
Where to buy: www.westelm.com
Average price: $10 Next
Sea Salt Candle
Not only does this candle smell good, it does good too.
For every candle purchased, Hand in Hand saves 50 square feet of rain forest, and donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in the developing world, according to the company’s website.
Where to buy: www.handinhandsoap.com
Average price: $36 Back to the beginning
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