Gifts That Give Back 6

A few local gift giving options that not only bring joy to those who receive but also benefit other causes…

Alaffia Good Soap – These luxurious soaps, available at your local Whole Foods Market, are made with rich, moisturizing, fair-trade shea butter from women’s cooperatives in Togo, Africa. The profits go toward raising funds for community projects in Togo, such as maternal health programs, building schools and planting trees. WholeFoods.com

Feelgoodz Slippers – Created by Nature, Crafted by Artisans. Talented artisans from around the globe help bring these products to life. In return, Whole Foods Market is dedicated to providing fair wages and promoting responsible manufacturing. Available at your local Whole Foods Market. WholeFoods.com

Pacha Soap – With Pacha Soap, when you buy locally, you’re helping to create livelihoods globally.  By purchasing their all-natural, environmentally safe and artfully crafted bath products, you provide opportunities for others to free their entrepreneurial spirits and lift themselves from poverty around the world. WholeFoods.com

Aurora and EverEarth – For the fourth year in a row, PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market are partnering on an exclusive line of toys for the gift-giving season with best-selling plush animals from Aurora, and a line of sustainable, environmentally friendly toys from EverEarth – a company that manages its own FSC-certified forest and expands the forest through its ‘Plant-A-Tree’ program. Available at your local Whole Foods Market. WholeFoods.com

Aveda and Lotka – Aveda celebrates every holiday season with Lotka giftwrapping paper, which is handmade by women in Nepal. All of their holiday gift sets are packaged in this beautiful manner, no minimum purchase necessary. Available at the Young Attitudes Aveda Salon and Spa on Villa La Jolla Drive. YoungAttitudes.com

Warwick’s – Veggie Republic bracelets by a local artist encourages people to eat their veggies. For every bracelet sold, the artist donates five pounds of fresh produce to the CA Food Bank. Sterling Silver Delicacies jewelry donates 10 percent of sales to feed the hungry. Unicef boxed Christmas cards, Denik notebooks (help build schools), and Kamibashi String Dolls (proceeds from sales of selected animals go towards wildlife organizations). Warwicks.com  

Brilliant Earth – For ethically sourced jewelry for any occasion and especially for the holidays, turn to Brilliant Earth for exquisitely crafted timeless pieces. Brilliant Earth is committed to building a brighter future for diamond mining communities and donates 5 percent of profits toward education, environmental restoration, and economic development. Their current featured initiative is Brilliant Mobile School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Located at 7863 Girard Ave, Ste 303. BrilliantEarth.com

Lotus Trolley Bags – A practical gift that also helps the planet, Lotus Trolley Bags offer an attractive, green alternative to paper or plastic. They are specifically designed to fit in your shopping cart, allowing you to organize your food as you shop. The company is a member of 1% For The Planet and a portion of each sale goes to great charities like PlasticPollutionCoalition and Surfrider Foundation. Available at Jimbo’s, Vons and Ralphs. 
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