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Gifts that make a difference

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Share the spirit of giving

The holidays are a time for giving, so why should it stop with one gift? These gifts keep on giving long after the holiday season by making a difference for someone in need.

Hand-woven silk scarf

Hand-woven silk scarf

This handmade graphite scarf is woven from hand-spun silk by a woman in Madagascar. It’s classy enough to complement any outfit, and it's something any woman would be thrilled to wear. Impoverished women all over the world work with Eternal Threads to use their crafting skills to provide for their families. Your $35 purchase through Eternal Threads helps these women provide for their families and increase their livelihood, helping them avoid a life of trafficking and exploitation.

Handcrafted bookmark

Handcrafted bookmark

Do you have a reader on your Christmas list? Give this bookmark. It’s handcrafted from copper, brass and nickel in a village in Thailand, and it’s very affordable at just $10. Proceeds benefit Save the Children, an organization that focuses on the most urgent needs of families, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Freshwater pearl bracelet

Freshwater pearl bracelet

Pearls are the perfect accessory to add a touch of class to any outfit. Give her this beautiful handmade freshwater pearl bracelet for just $35, and help out a worthy cause at the same time. Trade Justice Mission helps women living in poverty around the world form cooperatives to create together. They also help them sell their goods and create income for themselves and their children.

Gourmet food basket

Gourmet food basket

Foodies everywhere will delight in the goodies stuffing this basket to the gills. For just $45, you’ll get spices, salsa mixes, soup mixes, bread and cookie mixes and more from the Women’s Bean Project. This organization teaches entry-level job skills to women, giving them the tools they need to pave a life for themselves.

Bamboo stick star ornaments

Bamboo stick star ornaments

There’s a lot you can do with these ornaments. Hang them from a tree, use them as gift toppers or display on a mantel — just to name a few ideas. Pick up a dozen for just $15 through the Charity Gift Market and give them all to one person, or break up the set and pass them around. Proceeds benefit Titus Women, an organization in India that emphasizes the need for women to pitch in and help men bring in money. Through Titus, women craft in their spare time and sell their wares overseas, helping bring in extra money needed to meet the needs of their families.

Recycled paper bowl

Recycled paper bowl

Every table needs a conversation piece, and this bowl was made to do the job. These handmade bowls are woven from recycled paper. Each piece is one of a kind, so they vary in design and color. For just $30, you can give one to someone on your gift list, and help Project Have Hope in the process. The project is dedicated to empowering women in Uganda by educating them, and allowing them to go into business for themselves.

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