Re-cycle collects unwanted bicycles and reconditions them to provide cheap, sustainable transportation in Africa. These bikes give children opportunities to attend schools that are miles from their homes and allow farmers to transport their crops for sale.
For your audiophile
The Current is the sister station of Minnesota Public Radio. It is an amazing station that supports independent and local artists without heaps of rubbish adds or djs named ‘Boner Rob.’ It has exposed me to, well, pretty much everything that I listen to now days and I don’t leave my car feeling dumber for having listened to it.
Token mini-gift: If you donate $20 to The Current, they’ll send you a thank you CD featuring the likes of Atmosphere, Mates of State and The Walkman.
For your outdoor enthusiast
Your outdoor fanatic loves white water rafting and rocking climbing and hiking. Surely they’d want to share the love with at-risk youth or people with physical disabilities! Outward Bound “inspires character development and self-discovery through wilderness exploration.” It’s probably a lot easier to stand up to that awful bully in your Geometry class after you’ve climbed a mountain.
Token mini gift: This! It’s a carabiner! It’s a thermometer! It’s a compass!
For your animal lover
There are approximately a million animal-related charities out there, so if you want to make this gift extra special, find a charity that deals with your gift-recipient’s favorite animal. Charity Navigator handily allows you to search charities by keyword. Would you like a box of adorable pandas? Or how’s about adopting a cheeky little sea otter? Can I interest you a slick and shiny penguin? Yes, yes and a thousand times yes.
Token mini gift: These gourmet chocolates in animal shapesFor your writer
You surely know McSweeney’s as a website rife with hilarious and insightful writing. But did you know that they also oversee 826 National? 826 is a non-profit that provides tutoring, writing and publishing opportunities for kids ages six to eighteen. The group produces amazing books, magazines and films every year. Oh, that I would have had access to this as a kid. The world would have been spared much bad poetry.
Token mini gift: The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets
For your fashionista
Your fashionista knows that dressing the part elevates one’s confidence, garners respect and helps you land better jobs. Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women find work by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Fantastic!
Token mini gift: A pocket-sized edition of The Fashion Book. Truely a mini-gift, y’all.
Good Karma Gifts loved by all
For $20, Green Dimes will rid your mailbox of junk mail and plant five trees in your name. Two birds! One stone! (This is what Mom Von got for Mother’s Day and she is now very happily credit-card-offer free)Remember that tear-jerking story about my refugee students being reunited with their friends thousand of miles away from their homes? The non-profit I work for needs new student computers, more desk and, um, a janitor.
These reusable nylon shopping bags are so much cuter than those awful plastic things you’ll never go back
Karma Cleanse Elixir. When they’re so bad, putting coal in their stocking isn’t enough.
What good karma gifts are you giving this year?
reposted from 2008 because everybody still needs a little good karma under the tree.