The best gifts are the ones that multitask as donations to charities doing important work for those in need around the world or right here in our own backyard. With many organizations, you can select a gift after making a donation—perfect for giving to family and friends. To get you pointed in the right direction, we have rounded up four ideas that we are adding to our list this holiday season.
Silver Vines Cuff, from the World Vision Gift Catalog: Designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India, this gorgeous bracelet is the product of a collective of once-mistreated jewelry makers who collaborate in order to support their families through fair trade practices. Available with donation of $85 or more.
History's First Coffee Blend, from the World Vision Gift Catalog: Among the myriad and ever- more-exotic coffee varieties on the market, we doubt any of the others can claim to be the world's first blend. Made from Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and Sumatra Permata Gayo, this 10-ounce bag of coffee would make the morning of any java lover on your list while helping coffee bean farmers overcome poverty. Available for a donation of $75 or more.
Wildlife Ranger Doll and Sniffer Dog, from World Wildlife Fund: Little girls who want to follow in Jane Goodall's footsteps would love to see this doll under the tree. Complete with her trusty sniffer dog, she is ready to help put an end to the illegal wildlife trade and help conserve endangered and threatened species. Available for a donation of $75.
Flowers for Dreams: For those on your list who are rarely without fresh blooms at home, a unique bouquet from local company Flowers for Dreams is a must. Locally sourced flowers are crafted into bouquets that are made-to-order and one quarter of all profits are donated to a charity close to home. Bouquets start at $35 with free delivery within the city limits.
FELT X YWCA: While out shopping for everyone else on your list, it's okay to take a few minutes to pick up something for yourself—like a good feeling. FELT, the Logan Square women's boutique, has partnered with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago for the holiday season. Just mention "YWCA" during your visit and FELT will donate 10 percent of your total purchase to the YWCA. Stop by on December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. to help them celebrate the partnership! FELT Chicago, 2317 North Milwaukee Avenue, 773-772-5000.