Making a donation to someone's favorite cause is a lovely gift, but sometimes you want to give something tangible, right? Maybe even pretty? These are great gifts in their own right, and they support admirable efforts to make the world a better place.
1 - 2. Textiles, Pillows, and Clutches, Petel, $22-$298
"Petel creates small-batch artisanal objects from handwoven textiles crafted on rugged African looms. Our unique designs revive traditional West African colors and patterns with a contemporary western aesthetic. Our materials are hand loomed by Fulani weavers in Mauritania and hand sewn in San Francisco to support artisans on both continents. Our goal is to use Petel’s profits to create a training program for younger Fulani artists interested in textile art. If the younger generation of Fulani see ancillary value in their traditional textiles, the methods will be preserved."
3. Bracelet, Stella & Dot, $39
"All net proceeds benefit Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world."
4. Royal Fortune Tea Poster, 826 Valencia, $20 (so much other great stuff, too)
"826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can happen when trained tutors work one-on-one with students."
5. Teddy Roosevelt Tote Bag, PBS, $22.99
"PBS’ mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. To do this, PBS offers programming that expands the minds of children, documentaries that open up new worlds, non-commercialized news programs that keep citizens informed on world events and cultures and programs that expose America to the worlds of music, theater, dance and art."
6. Mistaken Lyrics Coaster Set, NPR, $25
"In addition to NPR's role as a primary news source for millions of Americans, a digital innovator, and home of the Public Radio Satellite System, we are also responsible for advocacy and representation on behalf of public radio. We work cooperatively with our member stations and others in the public radio community to support continued federal funding for stations, and to encourage policies and regulatory actions that will further our shared mission. We engage stations, audiences and others who believe in and support the role of public radio in peoples' lives and our society as a whole."
7. Celebrating A Century: 100 Years in Pictures, NAACP, $40
"Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans."
8. Fire Poster, 826 L.A., $19.99
Just like 826 Valencia, but it's a writing program fronted by a time travel shop rather than a pirate supply store.
9. Redwood Tote, California State Parks, $17
"Our mission [is] to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation."
10. Dolly's Dixie Fixin's, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, $25
"In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month...Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 750,000 children each and every month."