Make a difference and complete your holiday shopping!
If you’re like me and you haven’t yet finished your holiday shopping, you might want to consider purchasing these meaningful gifts that give back:
- California-based ONE HOPE Wine:
Every case provides 25 meals to a child in need. The company also partners with other companies to provide medicine, clean drinking water, and supplies, among other charitable efforts, to those in need.
- Men’s Recycled Tire Travel Kit:
Perfect for the men on your gift list, this travel kit is one of many products handcrafted by Friends International, which provides resources for kids to go to school. Friends International is helping families strengthen their resources and improve their children’s futures.
- Sudara’s Men’s T-shirts:
This special t-shirt not only looks good and feels great, but also helps to end sex slavery in India. That’s a momentous task, given the high rate of human trafficking there. In fact. the country is home to an estimated more than 3 million sex workers.
- Sseko Designs Weekender Duffle Bag:
The fashion brand employs 50 women in Uganda and has helped at least 60 former employees go on to university. The leather used is derived from local sources, with more than 90% coming from subsistence farmers who allow cattle to live free-range. This bag flew off the (online) shelves after Sophia Bush was seen rocking one — but you can still back-order one from the next batch.
- Farm animal from Hefier International:
By providing a farm animal to a family in need, you will provide needy families with a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Choose from a wide range of animals from rabbits ($60) to a heifer ($500). You can even donate a llama ($150) on behalf of that friend who was glued to the television during the great llama chase of 2015.
- Luxe Honeycomb Alpaca Scarf:
Made from 100% Peruvian alpaca, this super soft scarf is large enough to wear around your shoulders as a shawl. Available in Light Grey, Teal or Brown, each scarf is hand knit in a loose-weave design and is naturally hypoallergenic.
- Streetwires Christmas Ornaments:
Check out these adorable Christmas ornaments for your home. The company employs 120 artisans in Cape Town and Johannesburg who earn sustainable incomes through the sales of their extremely high-quality wire and bead creations. The artisans at Streetwires come from extremely impoverished backgrounds.
For more ideas on completing your holiday shopping with gifts that give back, please check out this article in Realty Times. If you are considering giving back to your family in the way of a new home in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, Summerland or Carpinteria, I’m here to help. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I would be happy to share with you all the unique properties that are on the market now.