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I love me some stocking stuffers. They are so fun to pick out. When I was a kid, we always got a LifeSaver Storybook, an orange, and a book, amongst other things. Last year, I detailed some fun stocking stuffers from Etsy and a few other sites.
This year, I wanted to share some inexpensive items you could purchase that help give back at the same time!
1. Hope Suds
A bag of detergent might be a little large for a stocking … but you could divide it into baggies and give them to your friends. These earth-friendly detergents help support orphan adoption through Vitafamiliae.
I am totally in love with these fabric-covered bracelets, which one mother is selling to help support the adoption of her daughter Isabella from China.
3. Kiva gift card
Kiva is a program that gives microloans to people who really need them. My husband was just telling me about this the other day, so I was super-excited to see a Groupon today for their gift cards! Guess what you’re getting in your stocking, dearest?
4. Donation to any charitable site in the person’s name
On that note, I’ve often purchased items from the Samaritan’s Purse Catalog in someone’s name and printed off an explanation of what the gift was. I would much rather spend $20 on clean water than on a kitschy desk toy.
I love this little reusable shopping bag that folds up into your purse. I am sure I am not the only one who sometimes has trouble remembering to bring those reusable bags to the grocery store. This would fit neatly in a stocking, helps the environment, and brings funds to Mercy House Kenya.
Mmm, coffee. I love coffee. Buying this fair-trade coffee helps my friend Nancy’s family adopt from Ethiopia.
Buying one of these precious paci clips helps a family sponsor a child in Ethiopia. If you like to fill a stocking for your wee ones, this would be a fun gift!
8. Handmade Jewelry
Buying these gorgeous earrings would help support a local humane society!
And if you buy THESE earrings, the crafter will donate $2 to school-building efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
My fellow Chattanoogan, Sara, has just made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia; so all the items from her Etsy store are helping to support their adoption. I love the ponytail holders!! I may buy one or two for my own stocking. 😉
If you have and lend out a lot of books like I do, bookplates are a great thing to have! I love these cute designs, and 50% of the seller’s proceeds benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Fund.
There are so much amazing, hand-crafted goods out there that support great causes. Do you have a favorite cause you support at Christmas?
You should also check out Amanda’s post on gifts she wants to give for more ideas!