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Gifts That Give Back: For Your Foodies

Gifts That Give Back: For Your Foodies

We've made it extra easy for you to do your holiday shopping this year, and for the first time you'll be having a guilt-free spending season! We scoured and searched high and low for the best gifts for your foodies. The best part? Every single product that you see in our guide is helping to make our world a better place in some way or another. Get your shopping done with the click of a button and know that you're doing your part to give-back and support organizations that are making a difference.

Ceramic Bowls by Nkuku

Ceramic Bowls by Nkuku

Nkuku promotes and develops the traditional skills of artisans in Africa and India whilst building a sustainable business. They aim to improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endure through selling their products online.
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Share Cookbook by Women for Women International

Share Cookbook by Women for Women International

Women for Women International's first recipe book contains recipes from women living in war-torn countries in which the charity operates. It also has recipes by renowned international chefs such as Alice Waters and Maggie Beer, and humanitarians such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, Paul McCartney and Mia Farrow.100% of the profits go to Women for Women International and help women in war-torn countries rebuild their lives.
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Apron for The Little Market

Apron for The Little Market

The Little Market works with artisan groups in developing countries around the world, helping their artisan partners showcase their skills to a broader audience. All of the pieces for sale are handmade by artisans who are paid a living wage for their work, allowing them access to food, school fees, and medical visits for their families. This apron was handmade by women who were victims of trafficking in India, through the Destiny Foundation.
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Sauvignon Blanc by One Hope

Sauvignon Blanc by One Hope

One Hope is a wine company that donates proceeds to different causes and non-profit organizations with every sale. This Sauvignon Blanc partners with American Forests to "Save Our Planet." Every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc plants a tree and helps to protect our forests and ensure the resources flourish for generations to come.
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Reusable Wine/Garden Tote by Apolis

Reusable Wine/Garden Tote by Apolis

Apolis' reusable Garden Bag was handcrafted by an artisan women's co-op in Bangladesh. Apolis' mission is to empower communities all over the world, selling handmade products and featuring the artisans behind them.
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Carafe Set by Ūsful Glassworks

Carafe Set by Ūsful Glassworks

Ūsful Glassworks collects empty wine, beer, liquor and soda bottles from their community in Boise, Idaho and reconstructs them into beautiful glass products. All the products are made by participants in Ūsful’s job training program, which services jobless men and women who are homeless, refugees, low-income senior citizens, at-risk youth and those on probation or parole. The program is designed to help them find a job and get back to work.
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Rwanda Abakundakawa by Brown Water Coffee

Rwanda Abakundakawa by Brown Water Coffee

Brown Water Coffee is a socially focused organization in Colorado that sustainably and consistently provides clean water to people without it. Every time a bag of coffee or other product is purchased, $0.50 is given to fund clean water projects. Currently all funds raised are given to and used by El Porvenir on water projects in Nicaragua. 
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Oceana Mug by West Elm

Oceana Mug by West Elm

This year, West Elm's "Give The Way You Live" program presents the Mug Project. Each mug is designed in partnership with a specific charity, with 50% of proceeds from each sale being donated to their partner organization. This mug is partnered with Oceana: Protecting The World's Oceans.
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Afrique Blend Coffee by La Colombe

Afrique Blend Coffee by La Colombe

Project Afrique is an extension of La Colombe's coffee work. Made possible through the sales of the Afrique Blend and donations from the La Colombe founders, a portion of all profits from the sale of Afrique is returned to African coffee growing communities. They provide housing, food, health care and education to orphaned children, support water well drilling and other community projects.
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Gluten-Free Gift Basket by Saul Good

Gluten-Free Gift Basket by Saul Good

Saul Good gift baskets work with members of their local community to promote small businesses and help people's lives. All gift baskets are assembled by Starworks, a Vancouver social enterprise that employs adults with developmental disabilities. They also work with Tradeworks, an organization that creates jobs for women with multiple barriers to employment in Vancouver. Tradeworks provides training in life and employment skills, and hands-on work experience in trade carpentry.
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Chalkboard Utility Jars by Canvas

Chalkboard Utility Jars by Canvas

Canvas provides sustainable job opportunities for artisans in the U.S. and abroad through Aid to Artisans. A percentage of all profits from Canvas are donated to the Aid to Artisan program. Canvas also supports Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit that supports people living with HIV/AIDS through groundbreaking advocacy and lifesaving services. 
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Round Chopping Board by Canvas

Round Chopping Board by Canvas

Canvas provides sustainable job opportunities for artisans in the U.S. and abroad through Aid to Artisans. A percentage of all profits from Canvas are donated to the Aid to Artisan program. Canvas also supports Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit that supports people living with HIV/AIDS through groundbreaking advocacy and lifesaving services.
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ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE BACK

A lot of the products on our list are made by groups suffering from poverty in countries around the world. While your purchase will help to better their lives, here are some other simple ways to help those in need.

HOW YOU CAN GIVE BACK

- Put together a donation basket to donate to your local food bank.
The following is a list of products they accept and appreciate:
• low-sugar cereal such as Cheerios or Chex
• peanut butter, jelly
• cans or plastic containers of juice 
• canned vegetables
• bags of pinto or black beans
• rice
• pasta
• canned tuna fish
• powdered milk
• canned soups
• snack bars and granola bars
• baby formula, baby food
• condiments and spices
• personal hygiene products - toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, diapers
• bottled water
- Donate money to allow the organization to buy exactly what is needed
- Hold a food drive
- Volunteer your services at a soup kitchen

WHERE TO DONATE

Feeding America 
Here is a way to locate your local food bank
Food Bank for New York City
City Harvest 
Here is a way to locate food pantries and soup kitchens around the United States

PACKAGE YOUR DONATION

Think of your donation as gift-giving and find the best way to present it to the organization of your choice. Combine all of your items in a basket or tote-bag. Remember, these baskets and bags can be re-used by the organization, too!
If your donation is small, take a look at our simple packaging ideas to get inspired and make your gift special.

WRITE YOUR GIFT CARD

It's important to teach children about giving-back through donations, but it is also necessary to make sure they understand exactly what they are donating to and why they are doing it.

Talk to your kids about the different products they are donating and what they will be used for. Allow them to understand that through giving, they are allowing people who may not have a meal to eat otherwise, have a happy and delicious holiday season. This makes the process more meaningful for your kids.

Ask your child what they hope their donation will do for those children receiving it and let them write their message to the kids on their gift card.

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Cana said…

To add to your list beautiful and purposeful products, visit http://felixglenn.com/shop/ This .is one of my dearest friends and clients. She makes beautiful hand-carved kitchen products. 100% (no lie!) of the proceeds go to various non-profits. This quarter, all money benefits http://www.shedances.org

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