Last year I did a really good job of buying more sustainable gifts by shopping locally, buying from fair trade organizations, contributing to charitable organizations, and even by making a few of my own. I have not done quite as well this year, but I have still managed to support some of the organizations I love by purchasing gifts from them during this holiday season. Here is a brief list of my favorites.
SERRV is a "non profit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide." I highly recommend that you check out the amazing variety of beautiful and unusual gift options they offer. You can buy your gifts with confidence knowing that the skilled individuals who made them are being rewarded fairly.
I also love Heifer International which is an organization that helps "children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant." By buying animals, or shares in animals for individuals in developing countries around the world, you can be sure that your gift keeps on growing from one generation to the next. I love that!
The WWF fund offers symbolic opportunities to sponsor threatened species. Your adoption supports "WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats." These gifts are especially good for children.
You may feel that you wish to provide a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. You can easily sponsor a child through Save The Children. Your monthly contribution pays for healthcare, education, and other vital needs within communities around the world, including many right here in the States. We have been sponsoring a little girl in Malawi for about two years and share regular correspondance with her. It is a lovely thing to do, and it shows our girls that we really can make a difference in other peoples lives.
There are many other well deserving organizations that make it easy for us to give meaningful gifts this holiday season. I always feel better knowing that some of the gifts we have bought are creating change for good somewhere in the world.