It’s easier than ever to give a gift that does some good. When shopping for my mom, sister and friends this holiday season, I went looking for gifts that had impact and here are some of my favorite finds. Some help women and girls attend school, some provide new economic opportunities for women and their families, and some support programs like the Global Fund, which among other things is helping HIV positive women give birth to HIV negative babies.
So, here are ten fantastic gift ideas!
1. Exclusive ONE and FashionABLE scarf from Ethiopia
Made exclusively for ONE by fashionABLE, this handcrafted scarf made of 100% African cotton creates economic opportunities for Ethiopian women, who have been affected by the effects of poverty.
2. iPad mini Smart Cover- (PRODUCT) RED
Redesigned for the iPad mini, the iPad mini Smart Cover is a thin, durable cover that magnetically aligns for a perfect fit. A percentage of the proceeds support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
3. Handcrafted beaded necklace by 31Bits
Single strand of medium shaped beads attached to a Heather-Grey fabric made of 100% Cotton. Available in Blue and Yellow.
4. Triple Brass Ring by MADE.
Designed by Hattie Rickards, this chunky unisex ring is both bold yet under-stated and is the perfect accessory for both work and play.
5. Buy a Family a Cow through Oxfam
Buy a cow and you will provide a family with an entire economic support system. A Heifer cow provides nutritious products for a family to sell, it mows the grass, and moo-ves a family toward greater opportunity.
6. FEED 1 Bag
The FEED 1 bag is a stylish, well-designed and reversible burlap and 100% organic cotton bag that has a mighty mission – to help raise awareness and funds for child hunger. When you purchase a FEED 1 bag, you will guarantee that ONE child is fed in school for ONE full year through the United Nations World Food Program.
7. Send an orphan to school with Save the Children.
The gift of education pays the school fees of eager-to-learn children and equips them with the necessary supplies.
8. ONE and (RED)’s beaded bracelet.
Our bracelet is handmade in South Africa by Relate, a non-profit social enterprise creating opportunities through an employment project that gives dignity and hope to those whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. $1 from each bracelet sold goes to the Global Fund.
9. SameSky Fabricwrap bracelet made in Rwanda
Simply Irresistible features bracelets that are orange, navy blue and tan colored and are adorned with four hand-blown glass beads. The length of the bracelet is approximately 15″ long and wraps approximately 2 times around wrists size 6″-7.5″. It can also be worn as a necklace and hair accessory. The closure is made of two hand blown glass beads and a loop hole.
10. Sseko Designs Sandles made in Uganda
The Sseko Holiday Collection features a pair of handcrafted leather sandal bases, three straps and a canvas bag. Sseko provides income for young women who want to continue their education through University.