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The Manilla Gift Guides: Unique Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday — it’s hard to believe the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. It seems to be getting more and more difficult to find the perfect gift for the person who already “has it all.” There is no better way to do this than to give gifts to the people you love that benefit people in need. Here are a few unique philanthropy-inspired gifts that keep on giving.
Membership to a CSA
Community-Supported or Community-Shared Agriculture (CSA) is also known as “subscription farming.” You buy a subscription from a local farmer and you receive a “share” of fresh, locally grown or raised fruit and/or vegetables. Some farmers also offer CSA subscriptions for farm-fresh eggs, and/or meats. Treat your family and friends to a share of locally grown produce and support your local farmer at the same time.
Buy your greeting cards through TreeNex
TreeNex provides a truly unique opportunity to have a tree planted in a forest each time you purchase a greeting card from their site. When your tree is planted a tree ID is assigned to you. You can use the ID to login at any time to check on your tree’s development.
Give a life-changing gift with Heifer
Choose from gifts such as sheep, water buffalo and the gift of clean water. Donate a set amount to Heifer and send a card to your loved ones to let them now that the donation made in their honor will help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.
Same Sky: “Empowering women a world away.”
Same Sky provides jobs globally for women struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. Same Sky provides jobs for HIV-positive women in Africa who handcraft jewelry. These women earn 15 to 20 times the average wage in Sub Saharan Africa. 100 percent of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ more artisans in need. The jewelry acts as a ribbon to these courageous women.
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