Christmas Gift Guide
Gifts that give back…
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
I have a confession… I love presents! I don’t just enjoy and appreciate them like most responsible adults but instead I absolutely adore them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a candy bar or a diamond, I deeply love each and every one. I don’t know why I didn’t outgrow this. Perhaps it’s because I was born two days before Christmas. I came home to my family for the very first time on a snowy Christmas day in an actual Christmas stocking. Maybe that does something psychologically to a newborn. Perhaps being surrounded by that kind of Christmas Spirit from the very start has left me hopeless to overcome it. No matter how many Christmas’ pass, I find myself filled again and again with that child like joy I’ve always known. It refuses to fade.
On the flip side, I love to give too! I want nothing more than to see the glimmer in the eye of the receiver when I have managed to give them that feeling. That magic of Christmas, wish come true, pure excitement. So, how perfect that I have an opportunity to create a Gift Guide for you! This list is a collection of gifts that give back. I see these as multi-tasker’s, out there giving long after the actual parcel has been delivered.
So, as part of the fun of the 12 Days of Blogmas… I am happy to share my Go-To list for gifting. For part one I am focusing on gifts that bless the receiver and then some. Check it out below.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
1. Krochet Kids – Knitting their way out of poverty, and delivering adorable hats. I urge you to go to the site, read their story, learn about the impact this company has accomplished and order yourself something cozy and adorable. (They also have bags, apparel, scarves and some other things but I simply adore the hats.) My favorite, The Bella! At this time most are starting at $15.00 and my favorites are between $25.00 and $30.00.
2.RXArt.net – Just listen to this mission statement: “RxArt is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art. We commission exceptional contemporary artists to transform sterile healthcare facilities into engaging and inspiring environments full of beauty, humor and comfort.” Obviously, anyone who follows me knows that my heart is wide open to such a cause. Support them by purchasing one of these beautiful coloring books ($20) or a handful of extra lovely lollipops by Julia Chiang. ($3.95 each) Check out everything they have to offer here.
3. tenthousandvillages.com – Artists from all over the world are providing gifts galore through Ten Thousand Villages. The mission: ” Empowering women. Building relationships. Preserving cultural arts. Sustaining livelihoods. Showing dignity.” We can all feel good about getting behind them and giving the pieces they offer. Simply stunning blown glass, jewelry, games, furniture, soap and just about everything in between. Check them out now. You’ll be so glad you did.
4. unicefusa.org – OK I love this one because you can get just about everything from them but my favorite is the Unicef Christmas Cards. My very favorite are these Deer and Rabbit cards and a purchase can provide enough polio vaccine to vaccinate 9 children against polio. I also adore this stunning, blown glass, ocean blue pitcher which is made from recycled glass and can provide 19 packets of lifesaving nourishment to children suffering from acute malnutrition.
5. Everybody knows about Tom’s shoes and I am a fan but check out all of the other ways you can help while doing your shopping at Tom’s Marketplace. A few of my favorites? This beautiful hand carved art deco journal or Tom’s Thankful Blend Coffee. These are just a few options. Visit and check out all of the ways you can share with more than the receiver.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens
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These are just a few of many, many gift options. Do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? Send me a note in the comments below. I love to hear from you!