Finding the right gift for someone involves thought and time. There’s much joy in giving and more so when local small businesses take the joy of gifting to a new level by giving back to the community! Imagine decking out your Christmas tree with origami ornaments that also help provide clean water to communities in developing countries or stocking a school library in need with new books because of a purchase you’ve made. Here’s the IttyBittyFoodies Joy of Giving Holiday Gift Guide 2014. We wish you a wonderful holiday season. May it be filled with meaning, purpose and lots of laughter with loved ones.
TINY BEE GIFT – a bookshop with lots of heart
Tiny Bee Gift Co. is a business that combines the love of reading with gifting. Founded by Amy Bean (a mom to her own three boys), Tiny Bee Gift Co. works a little like Tom’s Shoes with the buy one, gift one concept. With each purchase of a book, Tiny Bee Gift Co. will donate a second book (equal value) to a school library in need or a school library of your choice. What a wonderful way to gift school libraries in less fortunate communities by stocking them with brand new books. Each book arrives in a gorgeous canvas bag, personalized from the sender with a sticker letting the recipient know where the second book have been given in their honor. This is a real passion of mine as my children love to read and it really saddens me that there are so many other children who do not have the same access to books. (Read my recent Dallas Morning News article on Tiny Bee Gift Co.)
PAPER FOR WATER – Ornaments that give life and clean water
These origami ornaments are not only beautiful but provide water and build wells for those who do not have access to clean water. The brainchild of Dallas sisters, Katherine and Isabelle Adams sold these intricately handcrafted ornaments in the hopes of raising $500 to partially fund a well in Ethiopia in 2011. They were only 5 and 8 years old at the time. Within a month the Adams sisters had raised over $10000. Since then, Paper For Water has raised over $450,000 to build wells in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico and Peru. It goes to show that you’re never too young to make a difference. You can buy these origami ornaments online or head down to the The Crow Collection on December 13th 11am-4pm for the Paper for Water event. The Lotus Shop at The Crow Collection will also have a selection on hand for sale.
CHOOZE SHOES – helps women in poverty
We’ve featured these wonderfully mismatched Chooze shoes before. But back then, founder Sharon Blumberg’s company was just a fledgling with a few designs. Since then, Chooze shoes have expanded their vegan shoe range to baby shoes, two-sided backpacks and comfy slippers. Chooze shoes is a Good Returns company which means that their annual profits are plowed into investing in antipoverty programs to help empower women in training, support, education and loans to start up their own businesses.
The best part of these social enterprises aside from the beautiful goods they sell, is that giving back is part of their business model. They give back all year round, not just the holidays. So if you’re in need of a gift, why not think about one that can make an impact and change lives at the same time.
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