Today’s gift guide for tweens is all about gifts that give back. Choose one of the following gifts for the tween on your holiday shopping list this year to support such worthy causes as conservation efforts, education, clean water and children in developing countries.
The multi-coloured beaded ABC Education Rafiki Friend Chain can be worn as a necklace or bracelet. Proceeds from each bracelet provides school supplies to one child in a developing country for a year. Also available: Rafiki friend chains in other colours that provide food, clean water or health care to children.
Boom Boom Cards
The Boom Boom Green Deck of 26 cards challenges the owner to perform simple Intentional Acts of Greenness to create a healthier life and planet, while the Family Deck brings your family together to perform 26 acts of kindness. When you register your deck of cards on the Boom Boom website, 5% of the purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice.
Ecojot has a great lineup of journals with inspirational quotes and tween-friendly graphics. With the sale of each Jumbo Journal, Ecojot will donate a workbook to a child in need to build their literacy and education skills.
A new compilation album of 39 chart-topping hit songs by some of the biggest names in music, including One Direction, Lorde, Justin Bieber and Imagine Dragons. Proceeds from the album go to support those affected by super typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. iTunes$9.99
Show your support for girls’ issues around the world with these hoodies and t-shirts that support Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl global initiative to break the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination.
Choose from a range of endangered animals such as polar bears, penguins, sea turtle or snow leopard to support World Wildlife Fund’s conservation efforts and receive a high quality plush animal, collector card, a personalized adoption certificate and a tax receipt. World Wildlife Foundation wwf.ca $40
(RED) iPod Shuffle or Nano
Apple gives a portion of the purchase price from each (RED) iPod touch, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
$49 (iPod shuffle) $149 (iPod nano) store.apple.com
This special package from the Toronto Zoo includes a plush Ring-tailed lemu, a portrait of one of the zoo’s big-eyed lemurs, an invitation to “Parents Day” (a free day at the zoo), and the animal “parent’s” name on the zoo’s recognition wall. As well, all names will be entered into a draw for a chance to go inside the Zoo kitchen and help the zoo’s nutritionists prepare a fruit and vegetable treat for the lemurs. The winner and five guests will then enjoy a guided site tour by limousine golf cart.
For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need.
While there is no physical gift for the tween with these gifts, knowing they’ve helped make a difference in someone else’s life can be its own reward. Get your tween to help pick out a gift from the Unicef Survival Gifts Catalogue this holiday season. Options start at only $10 and can literally save a life. unicef.ca
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