Gifts that Give Back

A roundup of great gifts that support a good cause.

Ecochic's fair trade Redwood Bag

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Shore Chic

EcoChic’s fair trade Redwood bag in Beach ($20) is made from recycled plastic bags, without the use of inks or dyes. Use the fully lined, zippered pouch to pack toiletries for travel. Visit

Flip-flop Jewelry

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Jewelry She’ll Flip for

UniquEco’s jewelry puts a stylish twist on ocean cleanup. The “beads” are fashioned from flip-flops that once littered East Africa’s coastline. To order, visit or e-mail A selection of gifts is also available at

Oceana Blue Iris Bouquet

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 No Shrinking Violets

Brighten someone’s day with this showy Oceana Blue Iris Bouquet ($45). A portion of the proceeds supports Oceana’s efforts to protect our oceans. The 15 stems are certified under VeriFlora, a third-party certification program for growers and distributors who uphold environmental sustainability and product integrity at every stage of handling. Visit

Plantable Eco Calendar

 A Year of Flowers

This Plantable Eco Calendar ($25) is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and is 100 percent recyclable. At the end of each month, you can plant the seed-embedded card. Vibrant blooms include coastal varieties such as poppy, coreopsis, and snap dragon. Visit

A Great Deal: Enter promotional code COASTAL 08 for 20 percent off certain items, including this calendar.

Gifts: Personal Care Bucket

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For Him

Pamper the man in your life with this Make-A-Wish Personal Care Basket ($37). The metal sand pail comes with a wooden nail- and hairbrush, plus Pour Les Hommes rosemary-mint bar soap, shower gel, and lotion. Visit

Gifts: Tomboy Tools

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 Hard-workin' Woman

Don’t be fooled by their powder-pink color―these tools can tackle any beach house repair. The Tomboy Traveler ($80) includes a multi-bit ratchet screwdriver, magnetic-head hammer, pliers, tape measure, mini hacksaw, utility knife, torpedo level, safety glasses, rubber-grip gloves, and a carpenter’s pencil. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation in its fight against breast cancer. Visit

A Great Deal: Enter promotional code COASTAL for free shipping on all orders over $50.

Gifts: Equal Exchange Basket

Courtesy of Equal Exchange

 Tempt Your Taste Buds

Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-op that backs sustainable farming methods and small farmers, offers a gift basket perfect for houseguests. The Fair Trade Mixer ($55) comes with organic French roast coffee, hot cocoa mix, dark chocolate, dark chocolate with almonds, milk chocolate with hazelnuts, tamari-roasted almonds, and roasted salted pecans. Visit

A Great Deal: Enter promotional code COASTAL for free shipping on all orders.

Gifts: Finger Puppets

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Child's Play

Little ones will love Fable & Lore finger puppets ($10 each). Proceeds from these tiny friends support UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), a campaign to promote literacy around the world. Fairy, princess, knight, wizard, and dragon puppets are available. Visit

A Great Deal: Enter promotional code COASTAL for 15 percent off your order.

Gifts: Dog Lovers Wine Club

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 Pups and Pinot

Pop open a bottle of California wine at your next cocktail party and toast a good cause. Carivintâs Winery’s Dog Lovers Wine Club offers a variety of gifts that support animal rescue centers and shelters around the country. Each varietal’s colorful label pictures a pooch―you can even personalize one with your four-legged companion. For wine throughout the year, choose a wine club membership ($48–$72 per shipment, delivered monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly). Visit

More Great Gift Ideas

Jean Allsopp

 More Great Gift Ideas

Check out these Web sites, which will donate a portion of proceeds to the charity of your choice.


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