During the holidays, it can be tough to think about exactly what everyone on your list would want. And what exactly do you get for a kind soul who never asks for anything, just to let them know how much you care? Or even the grumpy Grinch on your list?
You can give a gift with a little extra heart this Christmas season. When you purchase a gift for them from one of the below, it also means a gift for a charity–some in a community near you and some on the other side of the world.
We’ve put together a list of exactly where you can find these gifts, with some of the proceeds of the purchases going to the charities these vendors support.
Got that art enthusiast you want to wow with a special present? Get them something from Two Sisters on a Mission. This online art gallery is owned by two Brampton sisters: Fatima (aged ten) and Amna (aged eight) Sultan, who are some of Canada’s youngest social entrepreneurs.
They purchase original paintings from artists all over the world in areas of developing countries, and struggling First Nation communities. They sell high-resolution prints of the paintings, generating royalties of ten per cent of each print going directly to the artist and the artist’s communities.
Order your prints in any size, even large custom sizes. For example, a 12” x 16” print of Courage costs $50.
Everyone has teeth to care for. From the hockey-weathered smile to a senior’s plates, to pre-braces and post-braces grins.
Bruush’s products are mechanical toothbrushes and boast that, unlike their competitors, their brush heads and replacements are sold directly to you, with no middleman, at a fraction of their competitors’ prices, saving you as much as 60 per cent. Think Dollar Razor Club but for toothbrushes.
Bruush has partnered with A Reason to Smile (ARTS), a non-profit organization supporting remote African communities in achieving and maintaining a higher level of oral health through education, treatment and much-needed dental supplies.
Each Girl Love Necklace on Me To We (which is under the umbrella of WE Charity,) is crafted by a woman in Kenya and goes toward supporting female artisans to earn a sustainable income, and in supporting resources for education like new schools and classrooms.
The necklace set costs $35, is a gift you get to keep and share; keep one half and share the other half with your bestie.
The necklaces are made of zinc alloy with gold finish, are 16-18”, and accented with a heart and a girl symbol charm.
The Body Shop is a line of beauty products from facial scrubs to essential oils. They have lines for men and women in skin-care, hair-care even beard grooming.
The Body Shop stands behind ethical sourcing of its products around the world and also supports the communities from which they are procured.
Purchasing their Shea Butter products help support their community trade partners, to provide equal opportunities for women in employment worldwide. The Tungteiya Women’s Shea Butter Association in Ghana has been supported by The Body Shop since 1994.
How about that candle and scented oil enthusiast who is also a dog-lover? You hit the jackpot with this fig and honey candle that costs $32.
All portions of all proceeds are donated to help the charity Save Our Scruff which finds loving forever homes for the many dogs they rescue year-round.