The do-gooder’s shopping guide to Valentine’s Day

Looking for a gift for that special person in your life? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show others how much you care, even ones you might not have met. We’ve compiled a list of the sweetest gifts for your honey. The added bonus is that partial or full proceeds from each item goes towards organizations helping to fight extreme poverty. Now that’s a great way to spread the love!

1. FEED 2 Kenya Bag

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The FEED 2 Kenya Bag is perfect for the busy woman in your life. Each FEED 2 Kenya Bag is handcrafted in Kenya by a co-op of women and deaf Kenyans. Not only does this purchase support Kenyan artisans, but the donation also provides school meals to two children in Kenya for one year.

Made of natural burlap and cotton, this bag features one-of-a-kind hand-beading overlaying the FEED logo. Lined with beautiful red and purple plaid Maasai tribal fabric, each bag comes with a hand-beaded bracelet secured around the handles. Handmade in Kenya with genuine leather handles and messenger strap. $250.00.

2. TOUS (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition Bracelet


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A sweet gift for a daughter or daughter-in-law! The Spanish jewelry company Tous has partnered with (PRODUCT)RED to release the (TOUS)RED special edition bracelet to help fight AIDS. The bracelet, a vermeil sterling silver disc with the iconic Tous bear, is now available in all TOUS stores worldwide. TOUS will contribute 5 percent of every TOUS (RED) special edition bracelet sold to the Global Fund. $119.00

3. “It Starts with Me” T-Shirt

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Give this to the son or brother or lady in your life passionate about making a difference. The fight against extreme poverty begins with each and every one of us. Rock this shirt to show your commitment and inspire action. The shirts are made of 100 percent African cotton in Tanzania or Uganda. $25.00

4. Nuru Project Collection of Prints


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Have someone who’s tough to buy for? Choose from a selection of beautiful prints that will look great in anyone’s home. The Nuru Project sells photojournalism prints to support non-profits and storytellers. 50 percent of proceeds benefit the organization of your choice (pick from among Malaria No More, Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Millennium Promise, Pencils of Promise and Kiva).

All photos are exhibition quality digital C-prints. Each photo comes with a label of authenticity with the artist’s signature and a handwritten story from the photographer. All prints have .5 inch border for framing and are printed in numbered editions. $50.00 and up.

5. ONE Tangle Necklace

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The Tangle necklace uses multiple strands of small paper beads in Turquoise and Mint, looping together in the middle with small gold accent beads. This necklace was produced by 31 Bits, a business using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. Their jewelry is made from recycled paper by women in Northern Uganda. $44.00.

6. Glass Maramba Necklace

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Want to be at the forefront of the trendiest in jewelry? Invisible Children’s program Made offers a full line of super cute pieces that support a community in Kenya through trade, not aid. Nothing’s sweeter than the marriage of fashion and activism!

Handmade in Kenya, the Glass Maramba Necklace is made of multiple long bronze chains falling to a pendant of encased amber glass. Each necklace is created to give people in Kenya a chance to make a better life for themselves. Curated by Invisible Children in partnership with Made: By the people for the people. $62.00.

7. MALAIKA Bracelet

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With every bracelet purchased, MALAIKA will donate 70 percent of proceeds to a malaria medication program and to a support program for the women who crafted it. $12.00.

8. Divine Chocolate

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Speaking on behalf of females everywhere, Valentine’s Day is the day when chocolate consumption is not only completely acceptable, but expected. Divine Chocolate is the haven for fair trade chocolate, boasting a full line of shapes (hearts and bunnies amongst others), sizes and types (milk, honeycomb and dark to name a few). Is your mouth watering yet? Available in supermarkets across the US. $6.99.

9. Sunrise Bracelet Set

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We’re in love with Bead for Life’s winter collection. This particular bracelet is a Valentine’s Day picture of perfection, with reds, magentas and oranges drawing major inspiration from the holiday of love. Help empower women and sport a holiday-inspired look at the same time! Sunrise Bracelet Set created exclusively for March out of Poverty Campaign. $20.00.

10. Converse (Product) Red Chuck Taylor All Star Shoe


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The world’s favorite shoe is now (RED). I’m having a hard time curbing my excitement for the (RED) Chuck Taylor line. What is cooler than fighting for AIDS while rocking the ultimate classic in shoewear? Nothing. $50.00.

Got any more suggestions? Tell us in a comment!