8 Resources for Cards and Gifts that Can Change Your Life and Changethe World

8 Resources for Cards and Gifts that Can Change Your Life and Changethe World

When the holidays roll around the gift giving and card sending begins.  As business owners it tends to include employees, clients, regular service providers like the UPS delivery person and maybe your accountant.  Here are a few suggestions for amazing gifts and cards that also help make a positive charitable or social impact on the world.

  • Cards & Gifts from UNICEF

    UNICEF Photo


Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Despite extraordinary progress, 21,000 children still die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.


“Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO),aboutus the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.”-Ten Thousand Villages

  • Make a charitable gift in your clients name

Find out what charity in your community resonates with your client base and skip the $3 coffee cups made in China.  Make a donation to your local food pantry, children’s youth organization, or homeless shelter.  Let your clients know in your holiday card or in a letter from you.

  • Krochet Kids.org


“We are pioneering a movement to make humanitarian aid completely and definitively obsolete.

Through a unique model we are empowering the women of Northern Uganda with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  With this investment into true empowerment we are breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside humanitarian aid.  The result is long lasting and sustainable change.”




  • Jimmy Fund Cards & Gifts

    “Embrace a holiday tradition that’s full of hope. Purchase cards, candles, and ornaments from Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund and spread holiday cheer while making a difference in the fight against cancer.” -The Jimmy Fund

    Many of these products can also be found in your local retailers.  With some of these products I would suggest checking the quality in person.  After years of buying the cards this years choice was a little disappointing when it came to the image quality.  Other cards in the series were great and I would buy them in a heartbeat.
  • Worldofgood.com

Ebay’s artisan marketplace that benefits the individual creators, again you get the homemade type of product while supporting artisans.  If you are on Nantucket Island during the Nantucket Lighthouse Schools Yuletide Fair you can purchase similar goods on a local level and support a great cause.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to be here world of good is a great choice.

Fair trade, handmade gifts that are non profit.  They have food, gifts, and kitchen gadgets.  This supports farmers and artisans that aren’t able to make enough money to survive and this protects their sustainability.

“From a small group of church relief workers helping refugees rebuild after World War II, SERRV has grown into a $9.5 million fair trade network connecting thousands of artisans in developing countries with customers and volunteers across the United States.”

Cards handmade in Africa, clothes and jewelry that will help children in Africa and other developing nations.

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