We love the holidays! The city turns into a magical winter wonderland, we have plenty of reasons to bake up our favorite seasonal sweets, and we get to shower the ones we love with gifts. This year, though, we’re narrowing our focus, to gifts that give back. We’re talking about gifts that our friends and family can enjoy even more knowing they’ve helped someone in need. And that makes for the happiest of holidays.
Love Life Tea, $12
It’s cold outside! Help your loved ones warm up with this Love Life Tea from Harney and Sons. The tea is mix of Bancha green tea with strawberry, coconut, vanilla, and puffed rice. If the logo and slogan are familiar, that’s because they belong to GMHC, an organization devoted to fighting the AIDS epidemic. Fifty percent of the sales from the tea go back to GMHC, in support of their goals. Tea party anyone? – Cristina Gonzalez, Senior Editor
Donation to Honduran Honey Farmers via Heifer International, $20
Make a donation in a friend's name to Heifer International’s Honey Value Chain Program in Honduras and improve the lives of farmers struggling for reliable food and income. The program provides bees, beehive boxes, frames and other honey production equipment, as well as training in business planning, marketing, investing, and pricing. Your donation – whether $20 or $2,000 – will contribute to helping 700 families. Is there a better gift? - Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director
For the lit nerds who wear their hearts on their sleeves and want to deck the halls with the written word, there is Litographs. This company works with artists to print entire books on totes, t-shirts, and (my personal favorite) posters. Best of all, Litographs partners with the International Book Bank to donate a book to a school or library in need for every item they sell. - Laura Herrera, Editorial Assistant
This is entertaining in style! This strainer, double jigger, and stirrer is made of stainless steel with a copper finish and sustainably harvested Shesham wooden handles. The set comes from Shopping for Change, which (in conjunction with artisan organizations) helps to create sustainable incomes for artisans (mostly women) employed through more than 50 groups in 30 countries. The SFAC contributes half of their net proceeds to community improvement projects in artisan communities and half to nonprofits you choose during checkout. – Cristina Gonzalez, Senior Editor