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‘Tis the season for gift giving. And we’ve come across some unique gift sites we thought you’d like to know about. They’re non-profits that pay it forward every time you buy a gift through them. 

Check our list out…

1. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company – “Drink Coffee. Do Good.”
Why just have a cup of coffee, when you can have a quality cup of joe that actually supports work for those in Rwanda, Haiti, Thailand, and more. Choose from holiday specialty coffees like Holiday Spice to a more conventional choice like Do Good Blend. You can even order a Monthly Good Coffee Subscription for that coffee lover in your life.

2. Eternal Threads – “Weaving Hope and Justice”
You can support the mission of Eternal Threads to improve the lives of women and children at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking, and exploitation by purchasing handcrafted products from 13 countries. How about A Mother’s Love Bracelet from Afghanistan? A Kalamkari Bible Cover from India? Or organic cotton and alpaca wool Finger Puppets from Peru? You can even host your own gathering and support this global mission from your own home.

Live in the NJ area? Check out this event on November 23. For more info check out The Justice Network.

Live in the NJ area? Check out this event on November 23. For more info check out The Justice Network.

3. Ornaments 4 Orphans – “Buy an Ornament. Bless a Child.”
When you purchase an ornament handcrafted in Uganda, East Africa, you are supporting Ornaments 4 Orphans (part of PearlMinistries.org) vision to bless orphans and vulnerable children, and their communities. You can also become an Ornaments 4 Orphans coordinator and “Put Up a Tree. Lift Up a Child” in your church, giving others the opportunity to provide for the needs of orphans in Uganda.

4. Kanzi – “Eastern African Crafts for a Cause” 
Choose from jewelry to handbags, from home decorations to toys and crafts, and more and some of the proceeds will support www.PearlMinistries.org efforts to change the tide of crisis facing Uganda, by offering hope to this nation’s orphaned and vulnerable children, families, and their communities. 

5. Freeset – “Tees That Change Lives”
Woman once marginalized and trapped by poverty and prostitution in Kolkata, India, have found freedom through earning a living making these soft, organic cotton T-shirts and a variety of bags from pencil cases to backpacks. Both tees and bags come in a number of styles and colors and can be fully customized to share your company or organization’s artwork, logo, and/or tagline. 

6. Clothed in Love – A Heart for Orphans
Our friend Delonna Gibbs has a huge heart for orphans and she’s doing something about it. She is the creator of beautiful handmade jewelry; 50% of the proceeds go to orphans Africa, Central America and South America. Right now her Etsy shop is on vacation as she prepares for the busy holiday season ahead. The shop will reopen on Friday, November 29, aka Black Friday, and shipping is free for orders over $20.

7. Give Generation – Discover Brands That Give Back
You’ll find lots of links on this site to products that when purchased give back a percentage of profits, supports fair trade and fair wages, or empowers people to rise above poverty. How about unique Totepacks, Backpacks, Organizers, and more from Stone and Cloth, a company that provides scholarships for students in need? Or KrochetKids featuring fab handmade hats for kids, satchels for women, and apparel for men that create a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment.

8. Mercy House Kenya – Act Justly, Walk Humbly, Love Mercy
Your purchase here supports Rehema House, a safe 12-bed maternity home that offers prenatal and post-natal support for pregnant girls in Kenya who otherwise might be outcast, forced to have illegal and dangerous abortions, and impoverished. Artwork, Paper Bead Jewelry and  Bowls, Calendars, and Cards are among the colorful and creative gifts available. 

You can see other great gift ideas on our Pinterest Board Gifts that Give Back Holiday 2013.   We will share more throughout the holiday season on Facebook, LIKE US so you don’t miss a thing! 

Let us know your favorite give-back sites to shop in the comments or share them with us on Facebook…and don’t forget a link!

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