This year I found some fabulous ideas. They're not only fun to receive, but have an a not-so-obvious component--they provide jobs for young women who are either survivors of modern-day slavery or who are at risk for being trafficked. Nonprofits right here in So. CA offer amazing goods made in Uganda, India, and Thailand among other places.
International Princess Project advocates for women enslaved by prostitution in India, restores their broken lives, and empowers them to live free. One way they accomplish these goals is by selling PUNJAMMIES™. These pajama pants are so cute, cool, and comfortable that they make a great gift for any woman. How much better that they add to the conversation about modern-day slavery. And, the gift's recipient will be delighted to find out that her present provided dignity for the former trafficking victim who made it.
31 Bits also makes for gorgeous gift-giving. This nonprofit benefits women in Uganda, many of whom were once enslaved by the Lord's Resistance Army. 31 Bits not only gives these women jobs making paper beads that turn into beautiful high-fashion jewelry, but also provides life-skills training that changes lives forever. I wore one of their necklaces yesterday to lunch and when our server admired it, I was able to tell her of its purpose. This jewelry keeps on giving as it raises awareness.
Heavenly Treasures operates a retail store that sells quality handicrafts--bags, scarves, bowls, paper, kitchen items and more--from around the world. The proceeds benefit trafficking survivors in a variety of ways.
Other gift-giving ideas might include stocking stuffers that make people think beyond themselves. A free-trade chocolate bar from Trader Joe's or free-trade coffee can heighten awareness. So can a book or DVD on trafficking.
Any other ideas?