The holidays are about gift-giving, and many people prefer to spend their gift budgets on items that support good causes aiding people in need. If you are someone who likes to give holiday gifts that directly support good causes, here are a few organizations that you might consider. It may sound too good to be true, but shopping for the betterment of the world is a real thing, as long as you look in the right places.
Serrv is a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty. With 25 countries from around the world represented, this site offers gorgeous handmade gifts and delights from exotic origins. The money generated from your purchases goes directly to the artisans in need.
Serrv only promotes high-quality goods made from high-quality materials. Some of their top-sellers include a mango-wood hand-carved side table, Divine chocolates, and a wide array of handmade jewelry.
With Serrv, your gift will be packaged beautifully in handmade boxes with prints by their employed artisans. Not only will your recipient receive a unique, exotic gift, but your purchase will also go toward a good cause.
GoodShop lets you shop thousands of stores online and designate a portion of your purchase to your choice of its affiliated charities and schools. The cool thing is that you get discounts too. To make it even easier, download the GoodShop app.
Give the gift of medical treatment to a St. Jude’s patient with a gift from their online shop. You can even select a child with a specific medical need and make a donation directly toward that need. Now that’s something you can feel good about!
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. With Heifer, you can purchase a gift from their catalog or fund a specific project. You decide exactly where the money goes to aid those in need.
In the Heifer catalog, you will find gifts such as a cow, pig, or goat for a family; bees to start a colony; or a water well for a village. Each is a gift that keeps on giving, bringing continued prosperity to people in poverty. What does your recipient receive? Well, it’s not the cow. Heifer provides lovely cards that indicate the gift you’ve donated in their name. The card explains Heifer, the donation, and the impact.
Feed is a company that creates good products that help feed the world. Known for their quality bags, tees, and accessories, Feed offers a variety of well-made products whose proceeds go directly toward feeding malnourished children around the world.
Feed sells bags ranging from simple totes to diaper bags to leather purses. In enviable designs, these bags make extraordinary gifts that support an extraordinary cause. Many gifts are suitable for a man or woman; a male recipient may enjoy the wine bag, market bag, or Feed t-shirt.
The Unicef Market directly funds Unicef, an organization dedicated to saving children’s lives. Most of the products are handcrafted by artisans from around the world; they too receive a portion of the profits to aid them and their countries. Much like Serrv, the Unicef Market offers a wonderful variety of gifts for all.
Jewelry, home décor, accessories, cards, and gifts for him are some of the items to discover in this online market. All of Unicef’s products are of the highest quality and built to last. A few of their bestsellers include silk scarves, real silver and gold jewelry, and handblown glass collections. You are sure to find a unique gift that supports a noble cause.
These are some of the best marketplaces we’ve found for finding high-quality gifts that support a cause, but there are many other markets as well. With a little bit of research to find a cause that matches your passion, you can provide gifts for your loved ones this holiday season that promotes and assists a cause you can feel truly good about. Do you have a favorite gift with a cause? Share it with us in the comments!
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