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Give the Gift of Public Health

December 16, 2013

Still shopping? Maybe you’re struggling to find a gift for the person who has everything or looking to start a new holiday tradition with a friend or loved one. Instead of grabbing a last-minute gift card or picking out yet another sweater, you can give meaningful gifts this year that support public health worldwide. Of course, there are many worthy organizations in need of financial support, but here are just a few organizations that offer holiday gifts for the greater public-health good.

Holiday Gift Basket from Water for People ($35): This organization works to increase access to clean water around the world, a factor that is often tied to the availability of opportunities and empowerment for women and girls. As a part of Water for People’s winter-long tribute to women and girls, the organization is offering a holiday gift basket, which includes an artisan water bottle, tea, coffee, shampoo, body wash and a bracelet. All profits go to Water for People’s work around the world. To purchase the gift basket, click here. To learn more about Water for People, click here.

Tickets to Taste of the Nation 2014 from No Kid Hungry (prices start at $250): The foodie in your life will love tickets to Taste of the Nation 2014, events that highlight the year’s hottest food, spirits and wine. Ticket sales benefit No Kid Hungry, a national organization dedicated to addressing childhood hunger in America by increasing access to healthy food. Taste of the Nation will come to Atlanta on May 8, 2014, and tickets are going for $250 (or upgrade your food-lover’s experience with VIP tickets for $350). But there are events in other cities, too. To purchase tickets, click here. To learn more about No Kid Hungry, click here.

Gifts that Help Others from OxFam America (prices start at $12): Your uncle or your neighbor might not need a goat or help starting a farmer’s market, but people in poor communities around the world do. OxFam America, a global organization fighting poverty, hunger and injustice, offers a catalogue of gifts you can give to a person in need in the name of a friend or relative. Your friend or loved one gets a personalized card with a photo of your gift and how it makes a difference. Gifts run the gamut in price: agriculture-powering manure sells for $12 while a pig goes for $50. To see OxFam’s gift catalogue, click here.  

Kid President’s Holiday Gift Picks from UNICEF (prices start under $7): Kid President wants everyone to have an awesome holiday, so he picked some inspired gifts from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to give this year. Like OxFam, you can send a gift to someone in need in the name of a loved one. Kid President’s picks range from an eat-and-run pack (micronutrient powder and a soccer ball) for $6.72 to school desks for students in Malawi for $65. “The perfect gift is something that makes the world better.” Thanks, Kid President. See Kid President’s picks here. Do yourself a favor and watch his video here.

Gifts to Build Healthy Communities from Mercy Corps (prices start at $18): Mercy Corps works to improve lives and help people living in some of the world’s toughest places. They offer a range of gifts that can improve health for people from the bustling streets of Jakarta to villages in Africa. For $18, you can buy mosquito nets to protect against malaria and other diseases or help train teachers, caregivers and youth to help children cope after traumatic events. For $70, you can help finance breastfeeding classes for mothers in Indonesia. To see Mercy Corps healthy gifts, click here. To learn more about the organization, click here.