Best Gifts That Give Back
Looking for a special gift that helps local companies and local nonprofits? Gifts like Heart 4 Hearts dolls, O Wines, Miir Water Bottles, glassybaby and Seattle Chocolates not only make great gifts, they give back locally and internationally to help those in need.
Heart 4 Hearts Girls Dolls
The Hearts For Hearts Girls dolls are inspired by stories of real girls around the world. Each of them has ideas about how to make life better for herself, her family, and community. They want to change the world—and YOU can help! According to the World Vision website, a portion of the proceeds from each doll goes to Federal Way, WA based World Vision to help children from that doll’s country (Mexico, Belarus, United States, India, Ethiopia, and Laos). Each doll also comes with membership to a free online community with real stories of girls making a difference, encouraging girls to think about how they can contribute to and make an impact in their own communities and the world. The dolls, from Playmates Toys, retail for $24.99. Look for them at Target stores.
Woodinville, WA 98072
O Wines was founded in 2006 by Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson and is based in Woodinville, WA, and is distributed by Columbia Distributors. O Wines (the “O” stands for Opportunity) is a woman-owned and operated wine company expressly in the business to make reasonably priced wines, with an amazing taste far exceeding the price. Stacy and Kathy take great pride in contributing 100% of the net profits from O Wines to fund scholarships for low income, high potential youth. O Wines has partnered with the College Success Foundation in Washington State and has already provided scholarships for students attending several Washington colleges and universities, and their scholarship program is extending to more states around the country. Look for O Wines at Seattle area restaurants and grocery stores, listed HERE.
1180 Andover Park West
Seattle, WA 98188
Seattle Chocolates, a locally made chocolate company since 1992, has created several chocoate treats that give back to organizations based in the Pacific Northwest that advocate on behalf of women, children and cancer research. Some of their beneficiaries include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, City of Hope and most recently Gilda’s Club Seattle. 100% of profits from their Extreme Dark Chocolate bar, and Survivor Chick bar go to help continue the fight against women’s breast cancer. All proceeds from sales of the Gilda’s bar go to raise awareness and support for Gilda’s Club Seattle. You can find Seattle Chocolates in gourmet and specialty shops, and at more than 8,000 specialty grocery stores nationwide. You can also order online at http://www.seattlechocolates.com
Miir Water Bottles
In 2009, Seattle entrepreneur and outdoor adventurer, Bryan Papé wanted to create a more functional, lifestyle water bottle. A bottle that would be simple to use and could also be uniquely customized. In the process of creating MiiR, Bryan learned that nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. Wanting to help, he incorporated an initiative called one4one, directly into the brand. One dollar of each MiiR bottle purchased provides one person with clean water for an entire year. The full $1 donation, all 100 pennies, go directly to those in need. And, on July 19, 2012, an 18 member MiiR crew will embark on a summit climb of Mt. Rainier to raise funds for clean water. Check out their unique water bottles at http://www.mirr.com.
3406 East Union Street
Seattle, WA 98122
glassybaby founder Lee Rhodes was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 by Entrepreneur Magazine. A three time cancer survivor, Lee found great hope and healing in the light of a lit handmade votive. She wanted to spread that hope and help the many patients she met in chemotherapy waiting rooms who could not afford basic costs like groceries and bus fare. Today, glassybaby has donated close to $1 million from sales to charities dedicated to healing and meeting those needs for patients. Proceeds from your purchase of a glassybaby votive go to places like Camp Korey, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Overlake Hospital Foundation. See the many organizations glassybaby helps HERE. glassbaby can be purchased at their shops in Seattle, Bellevue and New York City, as well as online at http://www.glassybaby.com.