Kayla the Koala, $6.95
For children. Get a child this adorable plush koala from Deseret Book and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Chapters of Hope, an initiative to put books into the hands of children around the world who may have never owned their own books. Books go to Ghana, the Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, Russia, Zimbabwe, and other needed areas. Other plush characters are also available.
For the globally conscious jewelry wearer. This necklace, as well as other jewelry from Pearls with Purpose, was made by impoverished women from third world countries, and funds from the jewelry items support them and their families with needed food, clothing, and educational opportunities. Website price range: $19.95 to $200.00
White Christmas CD, $9.98
For the Christmas music lover. Buy someone on your list the festive sounds of the White Christmas CD from Deseret Book (with songs by artists such as Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband and Alex Boye), and benefit The Road Home – the largest homeless shelter in Utah. The Road Home also connects people with needed resources such as travel assistance, documentation, clothing, hygiene kits, and housing services.
Floral Ribbon Apron, $18.00
For the breast cancer warrior. Twenty-five percent of sales from this striking custom-designed apron, as well as any other collectables at shopkomen.com, will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure to promote breast cancer research, education, and health services. Website price range: $2.00 to $75.00
For the runner in your life (especially great for teens). With every purchase of this adorable “Run Like a Girl” sterling silver necklace, one free necklace is given to the Wichita Team in Training; the funds the team makes from selling the necklaces pay their entry into the annual Nike Run, which donates the money to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a society that funds blood cancer research and provides free information and support services.
Plate with Purpose, $50.00
For one who loves collectables as well as causes. Give this collectable handmade plate, and $10 from every sale will benefit City Harvest, which collects excess food from restaurants and grocers and delivers it to community food programs in New York City.
Feed 1 Bag, $80.00
For one who loves children (especially great for educators). Provides school meals to one child for a year. The FEED Foundation is dedicated to providing nutritious school meals to kids around the globe. Website price range: $18.00 to $250.00
Adopt a Polar Bear, $35.00
For children who love animals. This delightful adoption kit includes a plush polar bear, a wildlife activity book, a personalized certificate, a photo, and a fact sheet. The money goes to preserving polar bears through such movements as the fight for full protection under the Endangered Species Act, and the fight to pass the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act. Other animals are also available for adoption through Defenders of Wildlife. Website price range: $15.00 to $145.00
“La Bamba” Fabric Wrap, $30.00
For one who champions opportunities for women. This trendy wrap (which can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, or hair accessory) is made of Rwandan textiles and hand blown glass beads and provides employment to women in struggling locations such as Rwanda and Zambia who want to rebuild their lives. Website price range: $30.00 to $395.00
Want more charity gift ideas? Websites such as changingthepresent.org can connect you with more options.
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