You’re days away from Christmas and you STILL have some shopping to do, don’t you? You naughty elf! Just kidding, you’re not the only one. But I’ve got a simple solution for you.
Since you probably have to shop for meal ingredients, wine, and a pre-made dessert, too, go to Whole Foods. Get both your grocery and gift shopping done all at once. This favorite supermarket chain is featuring gifts that give back. Don’t feel bad about running behind on your shopping. Purchase one of the gifts recommended below and you’ll be giving back to the community while ensuring your place on Santa’s nice list.
Apparel and Accessories:
Synergy Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf (SRP: $19.99 – $27.99) – Made in Nepal with organic cotton, a portion of sales from these soft, comfy and stylish infinity scarves in Rum Raisin (plum), White Sage or Moroccan Blue goes towards earthquake relief in Nepal.
Krochet Kids Hats & Gloves – A non-profit organization with a mission to provide jobs, education and mentorship for those in impoverished communities, Krochet Kids employs and provides guidance to women in Uganda and Peru who crochet fashion accessories and apparel. Each product is signed by the woman that made it. Choose from: a classic women’s pom beanie with earflaps and tassels (SRP: $33.95); a classic cuffed beanie (SRP: $29.95); an adorable owl knit hat for kids (SRP: $27.95); or grey cable knit, fingerless gloves (SRP: $24.95).
The Blessing Basket Project – Employing artisans from rural and developing countries, The Blessing Basket Project allows for artisans to earn significantly higher than fair trade wages making beautiful bags and scarves. Made by nine Artisans from Indonesia, each one is hand crafted Indonesian Batik. Often these artisans become entrepreneurs and use the capital to create several small businesses, producing independent streams of income for more stable financial security. Every Blessing Basket product you buy enables the organization to help sustainably end poverty one entrepreneur at a time. Choose from a Tote Bag (SRP: $29.99) or Wrap Scarf (SRP: $29.99).
PBS KIDS Wooden PlanToys® – Whole Foods Market has partnered again with PBS KIDS on children’s holiday toys, with 100 percent of PBS KIDS’ sales supporting educational programming for children. Whole Foods Market will also donate a percentage of proceeds to the Whole Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness. Toys, like the stackable giraffe and kaleidoscope camera, are made with rubber trees felled past their prime and dried in a chemical-free kiln to strengthen the wood, creating PlanWood™. PlanToys® are assembled using certified formaldehyde-free E-zero glue instead of conventional toxic wood glue. Soy ink and recycled paper color the toys – materials that are more readily biodegradable and efficiently recycled than standard chemical ink. All PlanToys® at Whole Foods Market are less than $30.
Alaffia Lavender Coconut Whipped Body Butter (SRP: $4.99) – Extreme moisturizing blend of Certified Fair Trade shea butter and virgin coconut oil, enriched with argan and moringa oils. This whipped body butter is easy to use and naturally scented with lavender essential oil and coconut extract. Purchasing an Alaffia product means that you’re directly helping to support women in Togo when the shea butter is sourced, plus Alaffia will be donating one percent of all sales of this holiday product to the Whole Kids Foundation.
ACURE Brightening Facial Kit (SRP: $19.99) – Just because the weather is dull and dreary doesn’t mean your skin has to be! Take a break and treat a loved one (or yourself) to this blissful rejuvenating facial kit. Four products for $20 makes the kit a total steal. And, ACURE is donating one percent of all sales of their holiday kits to the Whole Planet Foundation.
Crafted Peru Holiday Gourd Ornaments (SRP: $9.99) – Crafted Peru is owned and operated by a Peruvian artisans. Its holiday gourd ornaments aim to reconnect the modern age to the creativity and expression of the Incas, the native people of Peru. These gourd carvings are one of the oldest, most traditional forms of art and are handmade. All revenue from the ornaments will be redirected back to the artisans and their community in Peru.