Cool Gifts for a Good Cause

Cool Gifts for a Good Cause

Autumn Lee, Journalist

As the holidays approach, you may be wondering what to buy that person on your list who seems to have everything or has very picky tastes. Rather than going with a gift card, why not spend your money on a gift that has a charitable purpose that will benefit someone besides the recipient?  Of course, you can always make a donation to a charity that the person cares about, but it is nice to have something to unwrap. Consider, then, one of the following gifts that not only help someone in need, but is also pretty cool.

  1. Apparel or accessories from Penh Lenh (www.penhlenh.com) .  Penh Lenh is a Cambodian-based company whose mission is to empower at-risk women through employment and education. 100% of profits from sale support this mission.
  2. Unisex ALS awareness bracelet from www.sedonaeast.com. An adjustable, colorful bracelet with 100% of the proceeds going to families affected by ALS. ($20)
  3. WakaWaka solar powered phone charger and light (www.fab.com) .  For every charger sold, a solar light will be donated to a family without electricity via the International Rescue Committee. ($79)
  4. Vibes hi-fidelity ear plugs (www.discovervibes.com) .  Great for live music lovers, these ear plugs are designed to reduce the decibel levels without sacrificing sound quality. With every purchase, the company will donate to the Hear the World Foundation, which supplies hearing aids and surgeries to those in need. ($24)
  5. Artifact Uprising wood calendar (www.artifactuprising.com) .  A very cool calendar made from reclaimed beetle pine and assembled by a member of SKCAC, a non-profit company that provides employment for people with disabilities. ($30)
  6. Rumba Time Jane watch (www.rumbatime.com) . A colorful, cute watch available in four different band styles, each one benefitting a different charity (Action Against Hunger, Social Tees Animal Rescue, Young Survival Coalition, and GiveDirectly). ($60)

Even if you plan to shop with through a traditional site like Amazon.com, you can still make your gift have a charitable impact. By registering with AmazonSmile, you can choose an organization that will receive 0.5% of the price of any item you purchase. After registering, simply go to www.smile.amazon.com every time you buy from Amazon.com and you will be donating money to the charity of your choice. Happy shopping!