7 Kids Gifts that Give Back

 

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  1. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by Katie Smith Milway A great book that introduces children to other cultures and the power of giving. Best of all, this book can be found at your local bookstore (great to support local small businesses!) and can be given along with a microloan from Kiva.org or give some chickens to a family through World Vision.
  2. Tegu Made with sustainable materials, these magnetic wood blocks are rooted in giving. Tegu created an independent toy factory in Hondoras in order to provide employment and fair wages for the community. In addition, they partnered with a local school that educates many of the children of the families that work at the city trash dump.
  3. Uncharted Play The SOCCKET Original is a portable, power generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem.
  4. Wudy Werks, a veteran-owned, Made in America small business, handcrafts these enormous 3D Double X T-Rex puzzles.
  5. Laugh Brand With every purchase, Laugh gives back 30% of profits to fight human trafficking and exploitation.
  6. Plan Toys Fully transparent with their sustainable materials (such as wood from rubber trees & formadelyhyde-free glues) and sustainable manufacturing, Plan Toys gives back with their reforestation program and programs for children in the community.
  7. Yoobi – For every item bought, Yoobi donates an item to their Yoobi Classroom Pack, which is then distributed to classrooms, as determined by Kids in Need Foundation.

 

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Nonprofit Edition (Gifts for strangers!)

As you buy gifts for friends and family, often gifts they may not need, considering shopping for a real gift that will greatly impact the life of a stranger.

The gifts below range from $4-$180. You can impact a life with just $4! You would pay more for a coffee at Starbucks. For example, the gift of a pig is a “living savings account” to a struggling family, giving them income, protein and soil nourishment. Such a better gift than a holiday sweater!

Click on the images below to learn more about each gift, and better just, to donate to and impact the life of a someone in need.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide Nonprofits

Heifer International: Gift of a Pig, $120 World Vision: Gift of Year of School for Orphan, $70 Compassion: Care for a Child Waiting for Sponsorship, $40 Feeding America: Gift of Peanut Butter, $40 World Vision: A Sheep and A Goat, $180 Compassion: Parasite Prevention for Children, $4 World Vision: Survive to Five Care, $57 World Vision: Clean Water Fund Share, $25 Image Map

There are so many more gifts, in all price ranges! Take a look…

Compassion Gift Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

World Vision Gift Catalog

Heifer International Gift Catalog

Feeding America Gift Catalog

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Men’s Edition

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Shop with your Heart this holiday season! You are making a worldwide impact on the lives of many when you shop with purpose. AND the goods are gorgeous.

We can’t forget about the men in our lives…

1 – Yellow 108, Felt Feel Fedora in Navy or buy from Roozt

Why? Yellow 108 is a Los Angeles based headwear company specializing in sustainable hats & accessories made from salvaged & recycled materials. They also donates 2% of all sales to local Los Angeles non profits specializing in socially responsible initiatives.

2 – Yellow 108, Round About Bamboo Sunglasses in Cacao or buy from Roozt.

3 – Sole Hope, Hoodie

Why? Purchases from Sole Hope support their mission to offer HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief. Sole Hope empowers widows in Uganda with sewing skills to sew shoes, the patterns of which are cut in the US at Shoe Cutting Parties. The women are paid fair wages from Sole Hope, and the shoes are distributed for free to local children to protect their feet from jigger infestations.

4 – Creative Recreation, Cesario Lo Pencils Of Promise Shoe

Why? Creative Recreation teams up with Pencils of Promise to bring you this limited edition Cesario Lo with all proceeds going to this non-profit organiziation to help bring education to children around the world.

5 – FIGS, Dots Bow Tie

Why? Through FIGS’ initiative Threads for Threads, they partners globally with local weavers and tailors to make uniforms for their school communities. For every tie sold, FIGS gives an entire school uniform to a child in need of an education.

6 – Fly Canvas, Alton Messenger Bag or buy from Roozt.

Why? FLY CANVAS handcrafts carry goods made from new, used and repurposed materials. Every good sold empowers a child with the gift of education. By partnering closely with small grassroots charitable organizations who know what’s best for their local communities, they work together to provide whatever is necessary for each school’s specific needs, whether it be a new building, uniforms, tuition, school lunches & snacks, or supplies.

7 – Out of Print Clothing, Pop Poe T-shirt

Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Light Give Heat, 2:Toned Sunset Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? Light Gives Heat works to create world-changing opportunities in both Africa and America. In Uganda, they partner with local Artisans to create consistent incomes where there once was none.

2 – Noonday, Ripple Bangles
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among others. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host one.

3 – Noonday, Evening Horizon Necklace

4 – Noonday, Cut Lace Earrings

5 – Epic Timepieces, The Catalyst Droplet in Plum
Why? For every Epic timepiece sold, Epic will provide clean drinking water for an individual in a developing country for an entire year through the distribution of ceramic water filters. The water filters that Epic distributes are capable of eliminating 13 diseases, thus making their current water source drinkable.

6 – Noonday, Half Moon Necklace

7 – Rural Revolution, Loyola Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. Each sale from our NOLA collection goes back into the Redeemer Presbyterian Rebuilding Fund of New Orleans.  Over 500 post Katrina homes have benefited from this fund and over 3,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills.

8 –Rural Revolution, Nina: Set of 3 Wood and Gold Bangles
Why? These bracelets are handcrafted from locally sourced woods and leathers by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India and designed by our partners at Raven + Lily. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

 

Shop with your heart Holiday Gift Guide: Women’s Accessories

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Krochet Kids, The Marie Infinity Scarf (also available in Deep Green, Butterscotch and Black) Handmade in Peru
Why? Started by three guys who took their love of crocheting (that statement alone is reason to support them) to Uganda and Peru to help create sustainable employment and empowerment. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future.

2 – Toms, Windward Sunglasses in Tortoise with Light Blue
Why? With every purchase, Toms will help give sight to a person in need, in the form of a pair of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical treatment (in partnership with Seva Foundation). And in addition, they are donating $10 for every eyewear and $5 for shoe purchases to Save the Children to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

3 – Rural Revolution, Jaya Lemon Clutch from Indonesia or purchase from Roozt.
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. We believe in partnering with established co-ops when possible and forming new ones when needed. Currently they are working with artisans in Ethopia, India, Indonesia, New Orleans, and more.

4 – Noonday Collection, Zip Up Wrap
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among other. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.

5 – Roma Boots, Glossy Navy boots or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Roma Provisions combines fashion with charity to fight the cycle of poverty afflicting street children and orphans by bringing them hope, love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to a child in need.

6 – Out of Print, The Great Gatsby eBook cover
Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.

7 – IndoSole, Women’s Pantai Beach Shoe in Marigold (also available in natural, cobalt blue and black) or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Each pair of sandals/shoes is hand-made with love, using old motorbike tires, and possess a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them.

8 – Better Life Bags, The Alicia Clutch (you can customize with their huge fabric selection)
Why? Located in Detroit, they hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.