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Gifts that Give Back

By Elizabeth Smith, December 12, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Smith

Joy to the world! Presents that give twice bring cheer to the recipient and make a real difference for farm workers, women and children around the world. 

Spread the joy with thoughtful stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, host and teacher appreciations from Whole Foods Market®. Here are 12 of our favorite small gifts that make a big impact.

EAT

TheoTheo Chocolate ECI Bars

Congo Vanilla Nib or Congo Pili Pili Chili

$4.99

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) to help improve the lives in the sourcing communities.

  • Theo Chocolate Congo Vanilla Nib — The cocoa and vanilla used to make this crunchy vanilla nib bar are grown in Eastern Congo by dedicated organic farmers focused on quality and sustainability.
  • Theo Chocolate Congo Pili Pili Chili — The cocoa, vanilla and spicy peppers (pili pili) are grown in Eastern Congo by dedicated organic farmers.

Whole Foods Market Organic Tanzanian Chocolate Bars

Milk or Dark Chocolate

$2.99

A portion of the proceeds from every bar supports education programs for school children in the Kyela district of Tanzania. Plus, these single origin chocolate bars are made entirely from organic cacao purchased directly from farmers in the Kyela district and are certified by the Fair Trade Certification Program

Back To The Roots Grow-Your-Own-Mushroom Kit

$19.99

Back To The Roots (BTTR) is donating $1 for each kit sold at our stores to Whole Kids Foundation, whose mission is to improve children's nutrition and wellness to help end childhood obesity. The kits use recycled coffee grounds and can yield up to 1.5 lbs of mushrooms — a perfect gift for the foodie or forager!

DRINK

L.I.F.E. Jacket Reusable Canvas Coffee Sleeve

99¢ with the purchase of an Allegro Coffee beverage at any Whole Foods Market coffee bar nationwide

Help the Kenyan women who sew these sleeves earn a living and send their children to school. Watch to learn more about these mighty moms and how you can support their efforts. (Below right: photo credit Chelsea Dee)

Photo by Chelsea DeeAllegro Whole Planet Foundation Coffee

East Africa, India or Latin America blend
$9.99 to $12.99
For your favorite javaholic, pair a L.I.F.E. Jacket with one these Allegro coffee tins; 30¢ of every can goes to fund global poverty alleviation efforts. What a buzz-worthy gift!

Whole Trade® Drinking Chocolates from Allegro Coffee Company™

Costa Rican Earth University 64, Indian Spice 47, Peruvian or Mayan Spice 64 blend

$9.99
These single-source drinking chocolates, like all of our Whole Trade® products, help to put more money into the pockets of producers and ensure sound environment practices.

BE MERRY

Blue Avocado bagMake Change, Not Waste Reusable Bags from BlueAvocado

$3.99 to $5

Through the Make Change, Not Waste initiative, you can donate to Whole Planet Foundation by purchasing these reusable shopping bags. Want to see your impact? It’s tracked in real time on the foundation’s website.

Threadless T-Shirt benefiting Whole Planet Foundation
$9.95

Available exclusively online at threadless.com, 25% of the sale of each tee will benefit Whole Planet Foundation to help alleviate poverty in developing countries through microcredit loans.

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Lotion
$13.99 for 32 fl.oz

This emollient lotion is made with Fair Trade certified virgin coconut oil and helps to provide fair wages and ethical working conditions for more than 200 women in Togo. You’re also supporting Alaffia’s many community building projects.

WPF gift cardsWhole Planet Foundation® Gift Card
Opt for one of these Whole Foods Market gift cards and a $1 donation to the nonprofit will automatically be added to the face value of each card purchased.

Whole Planet Foundation Calendar

$3
The 2013 calendar features more than $40 in savings from more than 25 different suppliers; the list of the coupons is deliciously diverse. 100% of the money from calendar sales goes directly toward providing microlending support in more than 50 countries around the world. 

Whole Trade Bouquets
Prices vary by store

From mixed bouquets to roses, Whole Trade flowers aren’t only beautiful, they’re grown with environmentally sound growing practices and ensure more money for growers.

Which of these gifts that give would you appreciate?

 

Photo of Maasai woman by Chelsea Dee.

Category: Holidays 2012

 

2 Comments

Comments

Julie Sturgeon says ...
are these products still giving back, or were they limited offers for the Christmas season?
01/28/2013 1:04:13 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - Great question. The majority of the items listed above will "give back" year round. The items that are more seasonal will be the Whole Planet Foundation calendars as we receive a limited amount of these and once they sell out they are out of stock. Other than that, the other vendors continue to give back in some way.
01/30/2013 12:36:50 PM CST