First comes Black Friday with crazy lineups and crazier deals, then comes Cyber Monday for all the savvy online shoppers, and last, but certainly not least, is Giving Tuesday — that’s today! Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving to those who need it most. We’ve gathered great gifts from shops that will give a portion of the proceeds to animals, educational programs, single mothers, and underprivileged children. We think that finding the perfect gift that also gives back to those in need makes giving that much sweeter.
David’s Tea ME to WE Program
David’s Tea ME to WE tea is delicious, fruity and refreshing, packed with pineapples, hibiscus, and cranberries. Each 50g tea purchase gives two weeks of clean drinking water to a developing community in Kenya. The tea contains no caffeine so kids can enjoy it too! Starting at $8.98 from David’s Tea.
Dolls That Give Meals to Kids from Cuddle + Kind
For every ethically produced, heirloom quality, handmade doll, Cuddle + Kind supports the WFP School Meals Program, which provides nutrition to 18.2 million children in 65 countries. Our favourite of the bunch is Maximus the cat. His blue jumper with yellow fish is so bright and cheerful, it’s bound to put a smile on your little one’s face. One doll gives 10 meals to children in need. Starting at $59 from Cuddle + Kind.
Dedicate a Star with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Support the amazing programming at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre by dedicating a star this holiday season. It’s a unique opportunity to give a distinctive gift, and a great way to give back to the local community as your gift supports science education through the Space Centre. $50 – $500 from the Space Centre.
Symbolic Adoptions from the Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium’s Aquadopt Kits are a great gift for any animal lover. This symbolic adoption helps the Aquarium care for the animals and helps to fund their research, education,n and conservation efforts. You can choose to adopt a Sea Lion, , Killer Whale, Beluga, Otter, Shark or Seal. Each kit comes with a soft plushie, certificate of adoption, fact booklet, collector card, and tax receipt. $55.00 available online or in the Aquarium Gift Shop.
Blue Ruby Gives Back to Single Moms
For the jewellery lover on your list, the Blue Ruby Cause We Care Holiday 2017 collection will be a perfect fit! This bracelet collection features labradorite stone paired with black, with accents of lustre and gold, adding a touch of sophistication to the stacking bracelets. Wear multiple together or just one as a single piece of striking jewellry. Proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go to the Cause We Care Foundation, in support of single mothers and children in need in Vancouver. Available at Blue Ruby stores.
Support Mental Health with the 2017 Hudson Bay’s Charity Bear
This limited time Heritage Bear from The Bay, aptly named Hudson, is adorable and super huggable. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of each Hudson Charity Bear will support HEADFIRST programming, supporting mental health initiatives across the country. $21.99 from The Bay.
Buy One Give One – Mittens from CherryT Co.
These classic cable knit mittens from Canada’s CherryT Co. are magic because, with the purchase of a pair, they will donate a pair to a child in need. Their One X One mantra applies to everything available for purchase on their website, so if mittens aren’t your jam, check out their beanies and cozy sweaters. Mittens are $68.00 From CherryT Co.
We hope this list has inspired you to give a gift that gives back this holiday season.
By: Michelle Hughes