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Gifts That Give Back

Charitable presents that continue to give – beyond the wrapping paper


GIFT GUIDE 2009: Gifts That Give Back
Charitable presents that continue to give – beyond the wrapping paper

Gucci


 
Gucci

Gucci leather bag, $2,700. At Gucci stores.

For five years running, Gucci has created a special limited-edition collection benefiting UNICEF. This year, Frida Giannini designed a playful line of accessories inspired by the illustrations in Michael Roberts’ book “Snowman in Paradise”.

 
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Converse


 
Converse

United Bamboo for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars leather sneakers, $100. Converse.com.

Step into a pair of shiny high tops for a cause with these sneakers designed by United Bamboo for (PRODUCT) RED. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the (RED) campaign which helps fight AIDS in Africa. Leather, $100.

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A Peace Treaty


 
A Peace Treaty

A Peace Treaty cashmere “Khyber” shawl, $250.

Based in New York, A Peace Treaty is a label created by two Canadian friends that employs skilled artisans working in places of socio-political strife. This shawl is made by women in the Himalayas using an age-old weaving craft, with partial proceeds benefiting Counterpart International.

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Marni


 
Marni

Marni “Children’s Imaginary World” cotton tee, $150. Marni.com.

Show your support for aspiring artists by donning one of these sweet tees from Marni covered in artwork by children from all over the world. Teachers in countries such as Guatemala, Tibet and Sierra Leone instructed students to sketch and paint the fairy tale of the lion and the mouse. All proceeds will be distributed to schools and hospitals in developing countries to help support educational and developmental projects for kids.

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Donna Karan


 
Donna Karan

“I love when people give to a cause in your name, volunteer their time and resources, or simply a give a generous donation to something they passionately believe in,” says legendary designer Donna Karan. “One year I gave all the women in my life a donation in their name to Women for Women International. Each gift sponsored a particular woman who kept in touch with them throughout the year. You see the difference you make.”

Do as Donna does and give to a cause this year. Here are a few of our favourites:

–Women for Women International helps women survivors of war around the world rebuild their lives. www.womenforwomen.org

–Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website that allows you to lend funds to entrepreneurs in developing countries. www.kiva.org

–CanadaHelps is a foundation that offers Charity Gift Cards you can give to friends and family to benefit your choice of the 84,000+ registered charities in Canada. www.canadahelps.org

–Oxfam International has a great gift registry where you can purchase seeds, safe water and even a donkey for families struggling in uncertain economic times overseas. www.oxfamunwrapped.ca

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