New for 2009! Gifts That Give Back
This year, stuff their stockings with great gifts that benefit children's charities around the world.
For a Mom
The modern style of Junk Posse Jewelry's "Be the Change" design makes for a perfect everyday necklace. The necklace is handmade, of sterling silver, and comes with earrings to match. Fifty percent of profits go to the Adoption Exchange, which works with waiting children in the U.S. The designer is an adoptive mom and adoptive grandmother, and has a variety of other jewelry to benefit international adoption charities. $75, junkposse.etsy.com.
For a Dad
Any dad will proudly sport a tie that represents his child's birth country. The World Collection from Save the Children features colorful ties in indigenous patterns of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and other regions. Save the Children works in more than 50 countries around the world, including the U.S., supplying immunizations, building schools, and improving literacy and nutrition. $35, shop.savethechildren.org.
For a Child
The cuddly Passenger Pals are designed for on-the-go kids: They have built-in Velcro straps on their backs to wrap around seatbelts or backpacks for travel with your child. And they come with their own driver's licenses! All profits go to Angel Covers, an adoptive-parent-founded organization that supports orphanages in Russia, China, and Africa. $7, angelcovers.org.
For a Friend
A sweet friend deserves a sweet treat, so indulge her with a box of beautiful chocolates. Red Thread Confections was founded by an adoptive mom, who wanted to raise money for orphanages in Guatemala after bringing her son home. Her company has since expanded, and it donates to several adoption charities, including Orphan Resources International and Half the Sky Foundation. Assortments start at $8, redthreadconfections.com.
For the Whole Family
Sometimes kiddie music can be a bit grating. Soothe your ears during long car trips with Every Child Deserves a Lifetime: Songs from the For Our Children Series. This CD is a compilation of classic kids' songs, performed by grownup faves like Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Faith Hill, Little Richard, Carole King, Brian Wilson, and Cher. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which supports
lifesaving programs around the world. $12, pedaids.org.
For the Tree
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and artist Christopher Radko present their 2009 ornament, part of their annual Celebrate Adoption collection. Profits benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which helps children in foster care find forever families. $46, macys.com.
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