Holidays 2016

December 12, 2016 8:00 am

10 Feel-good gifts to pay it forward this holiday


The search to find the most meaningful Christmas presents can be stressful, particularly when buying for friends and family who are hard to shop for. The solution: charitable gifts. Not only will these thoughtful items help people in need, they’ll also warm the hearts of any person who receives them.

Here are 10 gifts that keep on giving well beyond the holidays.

Fair Trade Coffee with Hand-Carved Scoop

This rich, aromatic Ethiopian blend will satisfy the coffee-lovers in your life. Not only is it certified organic, but each sale helps support the livelihood of small-scale coffee farmers. What’s more, the beans come in a colourful bag made of fabric that’s hand sewn by Kenyan women; there’s also a hand carved scoop made of olive wood. Available at World Vision, $65. Eligible for a tax receipt.


Baby Chicks

What could be cuter than giving someone baby chicks as a present? Not to worry—your loved ones won’t have to deal with the hassle of actually raising these hatchlings. These chicks will provide an ongoing source of income, and food to boys and girls. Available at World Vision, $20.


Coconut Wood Serving Spoons

For the friend or family member who loves to entertain, these gorgeous hand carved spoons will surely be appreciated. Made by Indonesian artisans using shell and coconut wood, each set is one of a kind. Available at World Vision, $75. Eligible for a tax receipt.

Beaded Buffalo Ornament

Dazzling and colourful, this buffalo ornament, handmade by Kenyan artisans will make a nice addition to any Christmas tree. Also available in other animal shapes. Available at World Vision, $30. Eligible for a tax receipt.

Ivy & Alex Dress

This multi-use dress is basically four clothing items in one; it can be worn as a dress, a tunic, a top and it’s also reversible. The Ivy & Alex Dress, available in candy apple red, granny smith green, pacific blue and pink lemonade colours, is made in Canada and the proceeds help children in need. Available at World Vision, $75. Eligible for a tax receipt.

Capiz Shell Coasters

Filipino artisans use shells found near the coastal waters of the province of Capiz to create various distinctive decorative items, including these gleaming shell coasters. Available at World Vision, $75. Eligible for a tax receipt.

Fruit Trees

For the gardener or environmentalist in your life, this thoughtful gift will provide a family with fresh fruit, such as bananas, papayas, mangos and oranges, for only $30. These nutrient-rich fruits will help combat hunger and boost immune systems of kids at risk of diseases such as malaria and pneumonia. Available at World Vision, 5 fruit trees for $30.


Silk Scarf

This vibrant and fashionable scarf is made of 100 per cent silk and handcrafted by women in the Lang Son province of Northern Vietnam. It’s a lovely gift that will help families overcome poverty. Available at World Vision, $95. Eligible for a tax receipt.


Ugandan Bracelet

This adjustable bracelet, which comes in mint or cream, will make a nice addition to any jewellery collector’s box. It features glittering glass and beads, and helps to support Ugandan artisans. Available at World Vision, $55. Eligible for a tax receipt.

Giving Card

With a Giving Card, your loved one can choose a charitable gift that represents his or her passions, whether that’s education, healthcare, agriculture, or supporting local entrepreneurs. Available at World Vision, $30-200.



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