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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor and Tech Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a junior at UC Berkeley with an avid passion for foreign affairs and journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

Spandi is pursuing a double major in International Development and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, travel, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines), and spend time with her friends. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2014: Tech Gifts That Give Back

(PRODUCT) RED Photo Credit: https://www.apple.com

Photo Credit: https://www.apple.com

A woolen sweater and a pair of socks will always be much appreciated holiday gifts. But tech gadgets and accessories are an even better way to wow and please your loved ones. Not sure what to buy or want to buy products that give back at the same time? Miss A Technology has got you covered.

Biographe Blanks: Some techies like the products of technology just as much as they like the technology itself. So why not try out Biographe Blanks, a screen printing organization that employs individuals who are survivors of the commercial sex trade. The workers create hand-printed and customized tee shirts for relatively cheap.

LSTN Headphones: Made from reclaimed wood, these headphones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition the headphones are sold in collaboration with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, so every pair sold helps give hearing aids to a person in need and allows them to hear music for the first time.

(PRODUCT) RED: Haven’t you always wished you could justify your splurging on Apple products? Well now you can. As part of the (PRODUCT) RED series, items such as the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and the iPhone 6 case can be bought and at the same time benefit the less privileged. For every purchase Apple will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund‘s programs in Africa which aim to combat HIV/AIDS.

Vers 1Q Speakers: This wireless wooden speaker, which costs approximately $120 is one of the best tech gadgets you can give to a tech and music lover. It comes with Bluetooth capability and the capacity to remember up to 10 devices. In addition, for every speaker purchased the company plants 100 trees and collaborates with the Arbor Day Foundation and US Forest Service to rebuild fire affected areas.


Nanette Lepore Best Buy Design Photo Credit: http://styleitonline.com

Nanette Lepore Best Buy Design
Photo Credit: http://styleitonline.com

SMS Audio Earphones: This audio brand, owned by rapper 50 Cent, designs both earphones and headphones that are known for their durability, sound quality and impeccable style. And what’s even better is that the company works in partnership with Feeding America to provide one million meals to those in need around the nation via local food banks.

Best Buy Designer Tech Accessories: Earlier this year Best Buy launched a new line of tech accessories that are absolutely to die for. Fashioned by renowned fashion designers Anna Sui and Nanette Lepore these accessories, which include tablet, smartphone and laptop cases, are the epitome of customized and cute and they ensure that you look good while doing good. The purchase of these accessories benefits the Council of Fashion Designers, a nonprofit organization that provides professional development and scholarships to fashion designers.

UNICEF Market: The UNICEF Market boasts a series of tech related products and accessories that help UNICEF carry out operations to save and protect children around the world. Some of the most notable items in the Market are the Chestnut Hide Leather Kindle Case from West Africa, the Modern Living Fair Trade Leather Laptop Case from Mexico and a Wool Laptop Bag.

ONA Camera Strap: ONA, a company that sells camera accessories and bags has partnered with the nonprofit charity: water to fashion the Sahel, a unique leather and neoprene camera strap. For every Sahel strap sold, $30 is donated to charity: water operations which seek to provide communities in developing nations with access to drinking water.

The Gift of Donation: Sometimes it’s nice to not get caught up in the material aspects of society. The holiday season is about giving back. So why not donate a certain amount of money in a loved one’s name and let them choose where their money is going? With the rise of crowdfunding and general fundraising techniques online, most nonprofits, big or small welcome these donations. They are a great way to do good and feel good. Some notable organizations that you can donate to are Kiva, The Livestrong Foundation and the American Red Cross.

UNICEF Market Kindle Case Photo Credit: http://www.market.unicefusa.org

UNICEF Market Kindle Case
Photo Credit: http://www.market.unicefusa.org

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