It’s that time of year again. Time for cold weather, hot chocolate and oh yes, buying holiday gifts. First comes the process of deciding what holiday gifts to purchase and for whom. Wouldn’t it be nice if the gift you decided on not only put a smile on the face of the recipient but also made a difference in the world?
Below are my top eight gifts from local retailers where the proceeds go to charity.
1) Dana Farber Alex and Ani Bracelet
This holiday season, show you care with gifts that conquer cancer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Each purchase made directly supports its lifesaving mission. There are several gifts, including holiday cards, to choose from, but I like the Alex and Ani Bracelet. Gold or Silver.
WHERE: Dana Farber Website
2) Women’s Craft Cooperative from women at Rosies Place
Through introducing women to craft skills and the basics of merchandising, the cooperative aims to foster self-esteem and creativity.
The unique products make fabulous gifts and help the women artists earn a salary. Gifts available include necklaces, lanyards, bracelets and more.
WHERE: Rosie’s Place website.
PRICE: Varies. Price of Tulip Pearl Necklace in photo is $65.00.
3) Boston Public Library Prints
The Boston Public Library Foundation has high quality reproductions from the collections of the Boston Public Library. You can choose from a wide selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and posters. Prints are available in a range of sizes and frame styles. Proceeds to benefit the Library.
WHERE: Boston Public Library Website.
PRICE: Varies by selection, size, mounting and frame.
4) Museum of Fine Arts’ Vaillancourt Folk Art Chalkware and Ornaments
Vaillancourt Folk Art is one of America’s last remaining Christmas collectible makers. These chalkware figures are made by hand in here in Massachusetts. Each one is created by taking a vintage chocolate mold, filling it with a plaster-like substance, and hand painting the resulting “chalkware”. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
WHERE: MFA Gift Shop
5) Institute of Contemporary Art Converse Sneakers
Limited edition Converse x ICA Chuck Taylor Sneakers available exclusively at ICA Boston. Converse supports the 2013 National Convening for Teens in the Arts and Harborwalk Sounds- two summer programs taking place at the ICA. All Proceeds to go to ICA.
WHERE: ICA store online.
6) The Bruins Foundation license plates
Calling all Bruins’ Fans! The plate serves a very important purpose – all proceeds from the sale of the “Invest in Youth Hockey” plate go directly to Massachusetts Youth Hockey.
WHERE: Mass RMV
PRICE: $40.00, of which $28.00 of the purchase price will go directly to Massachusetts Hockey, Inc., a non-profit affiliate of USA Hockey. The remaining $12 is a one-time only cost to cover manufacturing expenses. Upon renewal of the plates, the entire $40 will go to Mass Hockey (this is in addition to the standard $36 registration fee due at renewal).
7) Paw Print Pendant for MSPCA-Angell
In honor of animals everywhere, Amelia Rose Design has teamed up with MSPCA-Angell to create a beautiful paw print pendant to help raise money for the kindness and care of animals. Gold or Silver. Benefits the MSPCA-Angell.
WHERE: Online here or by calling 617- 541-5046
8) Venni Caprice Scarf
In 2012, Venni Caprice has become one of Boston’s Best known locally made clothing labels. It offers an array of garments, from dresses to tops, and everything in between. All made, with love, in the USA. Scarves from her collection will benefit the Ellie Fund-To fight breast cancer by easing its effects on women and families across Massachusetts.