Friday, November 16, 2012

Gift Giving with a Purpose

I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, so don't throw stones, but I wanted to share some great places/organizations to get gifts for the special people in your life.  A couple years ago I really felt the pull to give gifts with meaning or purpose.  I still love to give fun gifts, but I also feel like hardly anyone needs anything, so why get another pair of socks, or wallet when you can actually give something with a great purpose behind it.  Now, I know what some are thinking because I thought/think it, is expensive.  You are right, it can be expensive, or be more than you wanted to spend on your aunt or mom.  Think of it this way, you are giving an investment.  I would rather get one thing that has a huge meaning behind it, than a ton of little piddly things that I might not use anyways. 

So here some organizations that you can get awesome gifts from, and they are not limited to Christmas, you can shop at all these places year round...enjoy!   

Avodah Coffee was founded by Jordan and Jessica Heights.  "Our purpose is to combine our passion for coffee with our passion for missional living.  We desire to offer upscale luxury quality coffee at an everyday affordable price, and make the world a better place through our business."  Awesome, seriously!  A portion of the proceeds from each bag of coffee sold goes to a different organization.  Click the link and go read more, then buy coffee! 

You all know my love and passion for this organization.  We bought these paper hearts last year for multiple people in our family, and they all loved them!  We have also bought a ton more from the shop, and we are always satisfied with the products.  Here is their mission statement: "The Mercy House exists to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in education, nutrition, housing, prenatal care, Bible study, counseling and job skills for sustainable living."  All the money made from the sales in the shop go right back to the ladies at the Mercy House.  Click the link and support these beautiful people!

"Our passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Fashion and design are a vehicle for opportunity and change. You, too, can be a voice for the oppressed!"  I have never personally purchased anything from this organization, but after Christmas this year, that statement will no longer be true!  Plus, I have many friends who have bought items from here and they all love them. 

Sevenly is a great company..."Sevenly’s mission is to harness the power of art and community to build sustainable awareness and funding movements that support charities in their efforts to change the world."  Each week Sevenly supports a different cause and for $7 you can buy a t-shirt to help that cause.  Hello, $7!  That's like a value meal at the golden arches, you can totally do that. 

You all are in for a treat!  The MOB Society just released this little bag today, how awesome!  The wonderful ladies over there are working with an organization called Freeset"Freeset is a fair trade business and ministry that sells bags and t-shirts, made by women freed from human trafficking in Calcutta, India. The women are able to have a job with dignity, making products, instead of being the product. Every woman receives three times the wage they would receive in line (the prostitution line), learns to read and write, receives daycare for their children, and has medical insurance and retirement benefits."  The MOB Society is working to sell 250 bags, because once 250 has been reached 4 woman will be rescued from trafficking!  Who couldn't use another tote like this?!  Order one for you and for your friends!  

I hope I have given you all a little bit of encouragement to really give gifts with a purpose this year! 


carissa said...

oh girl! awesome. love these ideas. and certainly love giving with a greater purpose. thanks!!

ps. if only i drank coffee. ; )

Zion said...

I love these and I've been looking for things to add to my list. There is an organization called Save the Storks that is pro life and I really love the pro life work that they do and some of their products are really cute.