I've been reading about the President of Uruguay and am so inspired by his views on society, kindness and anti-consumerism. While I may not have the balls yet to live the way he does, I do feel that consumerism has been, ahem, consuming us more than ever, especially with how easily we can purchase products online now. So at the very least, I'd like to make sure that whatever I purchase this holiday season also gives back to a community that needs help.
Oh, one more thing. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I've found that some charitable gifts are not always very attractive. I don't know why. All I know is sometimes I don't want to give my friends a weird ugly ceramic piece just to feel like I donated to charity and then have it end up as someone's white elephant gift a year later.
So the challenge here is finding something that is not only charitable but also something your loved one will enjoy receiving.
If you'd like to do the same, I've compiled a list of NICE gifts that give back for 2014.
1. LSTN Headphones
2. Laughing Man Coffee
3. Catherine's Table
4. The Animal Rescue Site
|Puppy Love 2015 Calendar|
5. Shopping for a Change
|Bamboo Fruit Bowl|
Shopping for a Change (SFC) works directly with artisans to promote their talents and encourage a fair trade marketplace. 50% of its net proceeds go towards funding Community Improvement Projects abroad and the other 50% goes toward a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization of SFC's choosing. They have a huge selection of women's accessories and home goods so you can check several lucky ladies off off your shopping list. Read about SFC here.
6. Global Goods Partners
|Blue Paisley Block Print Scarf|
7. Out of Print
|A Clockwork Orange Tote|
Thank you all for your help and support. Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving!!!