Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gifts That Give Back

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favourite "gifts that give back".

Looking for a unique and memorable gift for the gardener in your life?  Consider adopting an heirloom seed variety into the Seeds of Diversity seed library. A full adoption is $250, but partial adoptions can be made in any amount. The gift recipient's name will be permanently listed in the seed library for partial adoptions of $50 or more.


The purchase of these scarves and treats results in a generous donation to the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary or the Dachshund Rescue Team, both in BC. I chose one of the scarves for a friend, and it was a hit!

The WWF Wildlife Adoption kit is a perennial favourite for young and old alike. There is a wide variety of animals to symbolically adopt, and each kit comes with an adorable plush toy, an adoption certificate, a paper gift bag, a species poster and information pamphlet.


Who doesn't love to sparkle?  Pure Anada Natural Cosmetics offers a line of subtle, non-toxic products made especially for little girls.  Profits from the sale of their Princess Packs ($15 each) go to Compassion Canada.  Each pack includes a lip shimmer balm, roll-on sparkle, and a water-based, non-toxic nail polish.  A special gift for birthdays, the holidays, or "just because"!

Gift ideas from the Trans Canada Trail, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, the World Vision Gift Catalog, and Ten Thousand Villages are all featured HERE.

Earth Elementals natural soaps, clothing, plush toys, stickers, artwork, animal sponsorship packs, and the first four seasons of their very popular TV show are among the items that can be purchased in support of Hope for Wildlife in Nova Scotia.  Shop their gift section HERE.

Recently featured on Dragons' Den, the youth of Hope Blooms sell salad dressings made from produce grown in their community garden. Proceeds go towards their community scholarship fund. Currently, the salad dressings are only available in Halifax at the Seaport Market, FRED Salon and Cafe, Local Source, Local Joe’s, and Saege Restaurant. Cases can also be preordered within HRM.

Hope Blooms' appearance on Dragons' Den can be seen in the last segment HERE
If you can not yet purchase their salad dressings in your area but would like to support Hope Blooms, donations can be made from the link on their home page.

Nurtured Sew Naturally donates partial proceeds from the sale of their wool dryer balls to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. I bought six of these dryer balls this time last year, and haven't used commercial dryer sheets since. Love them!  Read the details under "CHARITIES" in the top menu, then click "SHOP" to get started.


Give the gift of giving!  You can purchase gift cards (quite nice looking ones, too!) from CanadaHelps that allow friends and family members to donate to their favourite charity or cause. This is a great idea for last minute gift-giving and the "person who has everything".

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without festive music!  A New Kind of Light is an album of Christmas classics and originals in support of Maritime food banks.  It sold out when first released in 2007 and has become a seasonal favourite.  CDs are $20 each and can be purchased online.  All proceeds go to FEED NOVA SCOTIA.  Ships internationally.  Shipping within Canada is only $2.20 per CD!

An indulgence for those wine connoisseurs among you: consider a Case of Compassion!  Every year, four varieties of red and white wine are available in cases of twelve.  FEED NOVA SCOTIA receives 25% of the proceeds of sales.  Download the order form HERE to view the varieties offered, or email for more information.


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