‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to do that than by giving a gift that gives back to a worthy cause? Here are 10 of our favourite ideas for gifts that give back, whether you’re shopping for a gift for a tween or looking for gift ideas for teachers, coaches or family members.
With a wide range of gifts available for between $5 and $40, including mitts, socks, rafiki bracelets and necklaces, and much more Me to We make wonderful gifts or stocking stuffers for tweens.
Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative helps fight global poverty by supporting the rights of girls around the world.
Help inspire the young girls in your life and make a difference globally by purchasing one of the Gifts of Hope products like the Because I am a Girl t-shirt or sweatshirt, or inspirational books like Every Day is Malala Day or Because I am A Girl I Can Change the World.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a nationally registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in sports and physical activities.
Until December 24, 2015, for every purchase of a Spalding basketball at any Sport Chek location in Canada, the NBA and Spalding will donate another basketball to Jumpstart. All Spalding basketballs for sale at Sport Chek stores and at Sportchek.ca are part of the “Buy a Ball. Give a Ball” program, ranging in price from $14.99 to $179.99.
This holiday season, give gifts that give back to women and children who have experienced violence by purchasing products like this red plaid blanket from the exclusive Shop for Hope collection at WINNERS and HomeSense stores.
Net proceeds from Shop for Hope product sales go directly to the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s violence prevention efforts, to help support over 450 women’s shelters, community violence prevention programs and teen healthy relationship programs across Canada.
Just One is a fair trade organization that helps to meet the needs of many people around the globe through the fair trade of their beautiful handcrafted items.
Products range from unique beautiful handcrafted bracelets, necklaces and earrings to purses, scarves and pencil cases in vibrant fabrics. Each purchase directly supports people around the globe struggling with poverty and brings awareness to their needs.
The founders of Glama Gal Tween Spa believe strongly in the importance of giving back. That’s why they donate $1 from the sale of each bottle of their new line of non-toxic nail shine to Because I am a Girl Canada, with a goal of sending over 277 girls to school in developing countries.
$10 of proceeds from the sale of this Rudsak leather wristband go to MusiCounts, a music education organization raising awareness and funding to give children in Canada access to music lessons in their schools and communities.
The adjustable unisex knotted leather band features a silver guitar pick embossed with the RUDSAK and MusiCounts logos to celebrate their collaboration on this initiative.
Find it online at rudsak.com
Help Unicef improve the lives of children around the world by purchasing a Unicef Survival Gift. Gifts range from survival food to school supplies, starting at $12, to support education, health and lifesaving efforts of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and families.
Help improve the lives of kids in care at the Hospital for Sick Children with a Get Better Gift. There’s lots of gift options to choose from, including books for the library, arts and crafts supplies and holiday baking supplies. Select gifts will be matched by the Orinoco Foundation, making your donation go twice as far.
Want to make a charitable donation in someone’s honour but not sure which charity is the most meaningful one to them? Let them choose by purchasing a Canada Helps charity gift card. You’ll get a tax receipt for the donation, and they will get to direct the funds to any Canadian charity of their choice.
Spalding NBA Basketball Giveaway
To continue in the giving spirit, we have one Spalding basketball to give to a Tweenhood reader, thanks to Spalding and the NBA.
One lucky winner will receive an official game size Spalding NBA Game Ball Series Outdoor Basketball, valued at $30.
Enter below for your chance to win.
The giveaway starts Thursday, December 10th and ends Sunday, December 20th at 11:59 p.m. EST.
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ only, excluding Quebec. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen. As prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the giveaway sponsor, Tweenhood cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)