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Charitable Gifting

The festive season is once again upon us, and what could be better than a gift that gives back? As Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive”. Here are some ideas for ‘charitable gifting’ to end the year in green-and-glam style.

Charity Baskets from Marni

Marni Charity Bags limited edition 2015. Photo via YouTube.com

Marni Charity Baskets limited edition 2015. Photo via YouTube.com

This Christmas, Marni offers a limited edition of its Marni Charity Baskets, entirely hand-woven by Colombian artisans and farmers using their traditional know-how. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Vimala Association, allowing the restoration and maintenance of a school house in India for 50 severely disabled children. Hurry, these brightly coloured bags are likely to sell out fast!

Koguma, a piggybank for wildlife

Koguma polar bear piggybank. Photo courtesy sospecies.org

Koguma polar bear piggybank. Photo courtesy sospecies.org

If you’re looking for a great ethical gift that can help endangered Arctic animals, Koguma is a beautiful piggybank made from a 100% natural and biodegradable material. Koguma is produced by Coq En Pate Editions, a French ethical fashion brand for kids that raises awareness about nature conservation through quality, design and responsible products since 2007. It partners with Save Our Species initiative to help polar bears and other wildlife species.

Eyewear for someone in need

WarbyParker eyewear. Photo via warbyparker.com

Warby Parker eyewear. Photo via warbyparker.com

Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, eyewear brand Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

“Take every Chance. Drop every fear.”

Senhoa Luxe bracelet from its Chance collection. Photo via senhoa.com

Senhoa Luxe bracelet from its Chance collection. Photo via senhoa.com

Senhoa, which means ‘lotus flower’ in Vietnamese, is an ethical jewellery brand dedicated to combating modern slavery. Each Chance by Senhoa bracelet provides safe employment for survivor artisans and at-risk women. Profits from this initiative also fund the education and protection of street-working children and their families from human trafficking and exploitation.

Write a card, help a child

UNICEF's Scottish landscape Christmas card. Photo via unicef.co.uk

UNICEF’s Scottish landscape Christmas card. Photo via unicef.co.uk

If you are a fan of handwritten cards, you can send some Christmas magic to your loved ones and offer a child a better future at the same time. By choosing Christmas cards from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, you help support children in need around the world.

Finally, the best gift of all may not even come wrapped up in a package under the Christmas tree! Researchers say that experiences make us happier than things do. Whether it’s a day pass to a spa, a monthly pass to the ski slopes or a yearly pass to a museum, give life-enriching experiences to the ones you love in 2016.

Happy Holidays!

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