Tuesday, November 6, 2012

{My Favorite Things Holiday Gift Guide}: 12 Christmas Gifts That Give Back

I love the fact that there are so many shops out there that not only have fabulous products, but more importantly, give back to fabulous causes!

Why not give a gift that "gives back" this Christmas? We spend SO much money on Christmas gifts for the special people on our list, why not spend it on products that we know all (or a portion) of the proceeds are going to support great causes and fantastic ministries? It's a win-win!

I have put together a list of 12 products/shops that I happen to LOVE and know are giving back! May it help you finish your Christmas shopping for the year and bring joy to both the giver and the receiver!

1. Compassion International is a wonderful ministry, one that happens to be near and dear to my heart since we sponsor a little boy who lives in an AIDS infected area of Uganda through their ministry. Compassion has a great little online shop filled with various items (apparel, accessories, books, resources for families and churches, etc) that would make great Christmas gifts. I absolutely love this cycling jersey! Or you could simply sponsor a child in someone's honor. What a meaningful gift that would be, to know that a child is receiving food, water, shelter, clothing, an education and most importantly, hearing the hope and love of Jesus because of you! Here is a list of the precious children who are waiting for sponsorships! 

2. Noonday Collection provides a pathway out of poverty for artisans around the world through the sale of their fashionable jewelry, handbags, home decor and accessories. Proceeds also help place orphans in forever families. Check out their site here to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list! 
3. Here at Worthy of the Prize we carry (evangelistic) soccer balls and basketballs for the little guy or gal on your list. And the best part is that for each ball purchased, we send a ball to a child in an orphanage or poor village around the world, through our brand new partnership with J316 Ministries! This child will not only enjoy the pleasure of a fun, healthy activity, but will also hear the gospel message of salvation through Christ alone when the ball is delivered to them and presented using the color code on the ball to tell "The Greatest Story Ever Told!" You can purchase a ball here in our shop.

4. Sew.Hip.Mama sells fashionable handbags, headbands, apparel and accessories, including custom orders. All proceeds go to fantastic organizations who are fighting against sex trafficking around the world! Contact Kara here to place an order or check out her Facebook page to see what is ready for purchase.

5. Three Six Tees exists to connect people who have a passion to turn the world around with charities that already are. Proceeds from each one of their fashionable tees goes to help one of 6 worthy causes around the world: planting trees, providing clean water, funding education, providing vaccinations, feeding the hungry and providing shoes for children who do not have any (just like TOMS does when you purchase a pair of their shoes). Shop their fabulous collection here

6. Here at Worthy of the Prize, we also sell Chosen Child Adoption Bands {wristlet keychains} through our Chosen Child Adoption Ministry, to help adopting families raise the money they need to bring their child home! These make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for moms, teachers, college students, runners and all those who have their hands full or have to carry their keys with them. The keychains come in a variety of colors and all proceeds go to support our adopting families! Purchase yours here

7. Cap Creations also sells a Chosen Necklace to support our Chosen Child Adoption Ministry! Each one can be customized with a name and $10 from every purchase goes to our adopting families! This would a make a beautiful Christmas gift for anyone on your list, whether representing an adopted child or the fact that we are all "chosen" in Christ! Find them here in Cat's shop.

8. Scripture Art carries a variety of fabulous peel and stick products including wall decals, chore charts, calendars, growth charts, menu planners and potty charts with scripture on them to transform your life and walls. They also offer promise packs, fashionable tees, and phone/laptop covers. All of their products are stylish and decorated with scripture. 10% of all proceeds go to help stop sex trafficking! Shop their online store here.

9. The Mercy House is a wonderful ministry that provides alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya, aiding them in education, nutrition, housing, prenatal care, Bible study, counseling and job skills for sustainable living. They have a shop full of fabulous products, made by the very women of The Mercy House, to help fund this ministry! Shop here to support this worthy cause. 

10. Here at Worthy of the Prize, we also support The Mercy House through the sale of our Victorious Virtues Prayer Cards, which also come in pink! Because of your purchases, every mom living in The Mercy House receives a set of these cards, allowing them to pray the Biblical virtues scriptures over themselves and their child through the guided prayers! There is nothing sweeter than praying for your newborn child and it is my desire to encourage these women who have chosen life for their child! Our prayer cards make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, particularly for young moms and new grandmas. Or even for adopting moms who are waiting to bring their child home. What an encouragement it would be for them to be able to pray over their child while they wait for them to come home to their forever family! Pair them with our Chosen Child Adoption Band {wristlet keychain}, allowing women to carry their cards with them as they travel, walk the neighborhood, run errands around town or as they sit in the carpool line, at their desk at work or at the doctor's office and you will be supporting two great causes simultaneously! Shop our cards here

11. Show Hope carries these adorable little handmade Hope Dolls from Baby be Blessed, who carries a variety of beautiful, handmade scripture dolls. Each doll  has Romans 15:13 stitched onto it and all proceeds go to fund their ministry of caring for orphans and funding adoptions. Boy dolls are also available and they have other fabulous products for adults and kids in their online shop as well, including fashionable apparel and accessories. Shop their online store here. If you would rather, you can simply become a sponsor in someone's honor. What a great gift to know that orphans are being cared for and adoptions are being funded in your name! Become a sponsor here.

12. Wild Olive Tees carries a large variety of fashionable Christian tees for adults and kids. And the best part is that 10% of all proceeds go to organizations that support adoption and orphan care! Shop their fabulous tees here.

These are a few of my favorite things, but I know there are more fabulous shops out there with a mission! Feel free to leave comments with the links to other shops who sell to "give back!"

Give a gift that gives back this Christmas and bring even more joy to this wondrous holiday!

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About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the founder and director of Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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krochetkids said...

Wow great idea of gifts ! thanks....
gifts that give back

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