Save Lives by Shopping

Save Lives by Shopping

Four ways you can change your Christmas shopping to help people around the world.
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Stuck on what to get your friends and family for Christmas or need ideas for your wishlist? I've discovered four ways you can find unique gift ideas and help impoverished people around the world at the same time.

1) Trade Fairly

Ten Thousand Villages (tenthousandvillages.com) sells the work of artisans around the world and provides them with income. Whether you need toys, ornaments, jewelry, games, decorations, or instruments, this fair trade store offers a variety of creative gifts for everyone from your grandmother to your kid brother. The coolest thing I've found: the Kenyan galimoto, or a little man (or woman) who rides a bicycle when you push him. Younger siblings and cousins love playing with galimotos, and your easily entertained friends might enjoy them, too. You can shop online or find a store near you.

What you can find:

Galimoto from Kenya: $6
Lucky Rains coffee mug from Vietnam: $18
Wool Baby Vicuna Stuffed Animal from Peru: $16

2) Show Your Commitment

American voices have united in attempts to eliminate poverty through the ONE Campaign. To show your support and help raise awareness of global poverty, hunger, and disease, you can purchase ONE apparel in the campaign store. One idea: grab a cheap pack of wrist bands and hand them out to friends or teachers.

What you can find:
Pack of 10 ONE white bands: $10
ONE T-shirt: $20

3) Wear Beads

Through Bead for Life, you can help a nation of people devastated by war and poverty by buying bracelets and necklaces made by Ugandan women.These make beautiful and thoughtful holiday gifts for your mom, sister, girlfriend, grandmother, aunt, or friend—showing your love not just for another, but for the entire world.

What you can find:
Bangle Bracelet: $6
Three Strand Bracelet: $15
Etana Necklace: $29

4) Buy What You Believe In

(RED) is a business model created to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT) RED branded products. Whenever you choose a (RED) product, you contribute to stopping the number-one cause of death in Africa: AIDS. A portion of the proceeds goes toward buying and distributing anti-retroviral medicine that will help victims of AIDS. So if clothes, coffee, iTunes gift cards, cell phones, laptops, holiday greeting cards, iPods, shoes, or digital watches are on your loved ones' holiday shopping list, choose (RED).

What you can find:

Suga(red) Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15: $22.50
Moleskine notebook: $24.95
Hathi sunglasses: $30

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