about oxfam america

Gift²
(For more information on the Gift² project, click here.)

ORGANIZATION: Oxfam America

PERFECT FOR: Gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone left on your list, especially if you’ve put it off this long

COST: $12 – $5000

WHAT YOU GET: Nothing tangible from the website, save a card that will come in the mail later or I believe the option to print off confirmation of your purchase

WHAT YOU GIVE: Lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice

BOASTS: Oxfam America works in 90 countries around the world as a part of Oxfam International. The easiest way to see some of the impressive boasts of Oxfam is to go to their website and under the “Explore our Work” section you can filter their accomplishments by Emergency, Issue, Campaign, or Region.

MY PICK: A song, paired with an iTunes gift card or Soap, paired with a Bath & Body Works soap

LEGITIMACY: Oxfam America is a BBB accredited charity, monitored by the Charity Navigator, and of course, a registered 501c3.

MORE DETAILS: Okay, it’s Christmas Eve, so at this point, what else are you going to do? Go online, buy something for someone who actually needs a gift this year, and then run out to the nearest convenience store or grocery store to find a related item. It’s way better than whatever else you had planned and probably a lot more meaningful.

CONTACT INFO: Click here to go to the store. Click here to go to the main site.

about feeding america

Gift²
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ORGANIZATION: Feeding America

PERFECT FOR: Gifts of food for the hungry, paired with snacks for your gift recipient

COST: $12+ along with whatever you may want to pair it with from the grocery store

WHAT YOU GET: Nothing tangible from the site itself, unless you print off a gift donation or have an honor card sent to the gift recipient

WHAT YOU GIVE: Food for the hungry in America

BOASTS: Feeding America supplies food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors

MY PICK: Breakfast for a Child for 1 Year, paired with a box of your gift recipient’s favorite cereal (or get really creative and include a bowl, a spoon, and a little container of milk)

LEGITIMACY: Feeding America is a BBB accredited charity and a registered 501c3

MORE DETAILS: This is one of my very favorite gift ideas, especially for all you last-minute shoppers. Give online, print off a copy of the gift, and then run by the grocery store and pick up a related food item. Wrap it all up and tell your recipient that not only does s/he benefit from the instant gratification of the food item, but someone else can benefit from a long-term investment of food.

CONTACT INFO: Click here to go to the gift catalog. Click here to go to the main site.

about world wildlife fund

Gift²
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ORGANIZATION: World Wildlife Fund

PERFECT FOR: Gifts of adoption kits for the good-hearted animal lovers on your list; stocking stuffers of Gift Adoption Cards

COST: $25 – $100 and up, depending on your desired donation amount

WHAT YOU GET: Mostly adoption kits with related plush and adoption certificate, some apparel and gift items

WHAT YOU GIVE: Conservation of nature and endangered animals and reduction of the pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth

BOASTS: WWF has been operating for 50 years and is now in 100 countries, supported by five million members worldwide. $.85 of every dollar donated in the WWF store goes toward conservation.

MY PICK: Medium Jute Bag or, of course, the Sea Otter Adoption Kit or River Otter Adoption Kit or anything else to do with otters ever

LEGITIMACY: World Wildlife Fund is definitely a BBB accredited charity and a registered 501c3 and is monitored by Charity Navigator.

MORE DETAILS: At this point just about anything you buy won’t get here in time for Christmas, but you still have adoption-type gifts like the ones the WWF offers. You can buy an adoption kit and let the person know the accompanying stuffed animal or gift is coming in the mail. Or just pair a gift card with a stuffed plush from Wal-Mart or an animal toy or book or coloring book or just about anything creative and animal-esque.

CONTACT INFO: Click here to go straight to the store. Click here to go to the main site.

about world vision

Gift²
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ORGANIZATION: World Vision

PERFECT FOR: Gifts of apparel; stocking stuffers of, well, apparel (or perhaps a gift certificate to buy apparel)

COST: $24 – $50

WHAT YOU GET: T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, polos, and jacket hoodies

WHAT YOU GIVE: Emergency assistance to children and families, development of long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocacy for justice on behalf of the poor

BOASTS: World Vision serves close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. They have an interactive map on their website here that shows their efforts and accomplishments in each country.

MY PICK: Painted Hoodie or Tell Others Tee

LEGITIMACY: World Vision is a BBB accredited charity and a registered 501c3.

MORE DETAILS: You’ve probably heard about World Vision (and others like it) for years, asking you to sponsor a child. But there are many ways to give and support World Vision or to use their resources to benefit your own community. Flip through the “Get Involved” tab to get ideas for how you can help, not just with World Vision but in your own area of the world as well.

CONTACT INFO: Click here to go straight to the shop. Click here to go to the main site.

about the leukemia & lymphoma society

Gift²
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ORGANIZATION: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

PERFECT FOR: Gifts of apparel; a few stocking stuffers of pet collars or pens

COST: $3.75 – $175

WHAT YOU GET: Regular Lands’ End apparel, but 20% of every purchase benefits the LLS

WHAT YOU GIVE: Research funding and support for patient and community services for lymphoma and leukemia patients

BOASTS: The LLS is the world’s largest voluntary healthy agency dedicated to blood cancer. In the fiscal year 2011, LLS invested more than $76 million in blood cancer research. The LLS has a list of research successes on its website, including therapy processes and medications ranging from the 1950s to the present.

MY PICK: Girl’s Zip Front Sweatshirt in Pewter Heather or Medium Open Long Handle Tote

LEGITIMACY: The LLS is a BBB accredited charity and a registered 501c3.

MORE DETAILS: I think that about does it.

CONTACT INFO: Click here to go to the LLS site. Click here to go straight to the store.