As we continue our #SocialGood series that was kickstarted on GivingTuesday last week with gifts for the hostess, we’ve rounded up some gifts for kids that give back. Gifting an ethical or one-for-one product like a Cuddle + Kind hand-knit doll feels great and makes an impact, but more importantly, it has the power to teach a child the importance of giving.
Around the holidays children can easily become distracted with a wanting mentality, making it an optimum time to illustrate the spirit of giving. From the benefits of giving to a stranger to helping those in need, these lessons can be revisited all year round.
The Importance of Giving: Gifts for Kids
1. Everest the Penguin, $55
Cuddle + Kind makes hand-knit dolls and inspirational prints to help feed children. For every doll sold, 10 meals are given to children in need. Their goal? To provide one million meals in a single year. Thier dolls are also handcrafted by women in Peru who receive a sustainable, fair trade income.
2. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Better World Books, $10
With a wide selection of children’s books and books in general at Better World Books, you’ll find the perfect gifts for kids or for anyone on your list. And with Better World Books, for every book purchased they donate a book to someone in need. To date, they have raised $10 million for literacy around the world.
3. Yoobi Journal in Aqua, $6
Notebooks, pens, pencils, organization tools and art supplies; Yoobi makes colourful and fun tools to aid learning and spark creativity. With their “one for you, one for me” philosophy, they provide children in the US with access to basic supplies. This is a solution to the current 99.5% of all teachers who are currently buying essential school supplies out of their own pockets. Partnered with the Kids In Need Foundation, Yoobi is currently working with 30 resource centres.
4. Brown Baby Sherpa Bear, $25
For every teddy purchased, Bears for Humanity donates a bear to a child in need. Bears for Humanity makes their bears from 100% GOTS Certified Organic fabrics and fibres and Global Fair Trade practices while employing at-risk mothers, fathers and caregivers in the United States. Safe and lovable for all ages.
5. Little Lotus Swaddle (Preemie), $75
Little Lotus helps babies in need through their one to one model. Their signature product – the infant warmer – was designed to cost less than 1% of a traditional incubator and helps keep babies at the perfect temperature in any climate. With their goal to give a better chance at life to 1,000,000 premature and underweight babies in the developing world, Little Lotus has already helped 200,000 babies.
6.Blue One World Futbol, $40
A soccer ball that is well played and well travelled. When you buy a One World Futbol, the One World Play Project donates another to organizations who work with youth in disadvantaged communities. What a great way to share play.
7. Mini Kane Moon & Stars Backpack, $55
For every STATE bag purchased, another is packed with essential tools and hand-delivered to an American child in need. STATE Bags was founded around their #GiveBackPack promise. STATE aims to help American children who are living in challenging and critical circumstances by addressing their immediate needs.
8. Stretch The Giraffe Happy Blankie, $32
Everything Happy’s personalized blankets, pillows and plush toys aim to make children smile. Their “one to love, one to give” philosophy furthers their impact: for every product that is purchased, another is given to a child in need. After receiving their order, the customer goes online and chooses where in the world they would like their donated product to go. Empowering children to make a choice for their donation is an excellent way to also teach them the value of giving back.
Photos: Everest the Penguin, The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving Book, Yoobi Journal in Aqua, Brown Baby Sherpa Bear, Swaddle (Preemie), Blue One World Futbol, Mini Kane Moon & Stars, Stretch The Giraffe Happy Blankie
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