Gifts that give back

By Christine Davis

2019 Pet Valu Calendar

This stunning print calendar from Pet Valu features 15 adorable pets, including cats, dogs, a ferret, chameleon and even a pot-bellied pig. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the calendar go to support Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Available at Pet Valu. Give what you can

The Shoebox Project

The Shoebox Project collects and distributes Shoeboxes filled with little luxuries to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in more than 250 communities across North America. Create a box that includes such needed items as: socks and mittens, toothbrush and paste, hair care products and gift cards. Find a location at shoeboxproject.com. Give what you wish

Be Blossom bracelet

Quebec jewellery brand Beblue’s Be United and Be Surya United bracelets are a charity item for which each one sold contributes to financing a charity project for women in Malawi who want to start a business. The project consists of a loan and continuous training and mentoring to help ensure their success and independence. Available at bebluebijoux.com.  $132

UNICEF Market

The new UNICEF online store features unique, fair-trade gifts that support artisans around the world while helping save children’s lives. Choose from more than 5,000 handmade items, including the Collectible UNICEF Glass Ball Ornament ‘Gift of Friendship’. Available at market.unicef.ca. Ornament $21.99

Starlight Children’s Foundation ‘Sparkles’ bear

Starlight Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Toys R Us Canada, offers the 10th anniversary Limited Edition Collectible Bear. Designed by 5-year-old Ella, all proceeds from ‘Sparkles’ go directly towards brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Available at Toys R Us and toysrus.ca. $19.99

Aquadopt Kits

Symbolically adopt an aquatic animal at the Vancouver Aquarium and support ocean conservation with these kits that come with a certificate of adoption, fact booklet, collector card, plush toy and $40 tax receipt for the gifter. Available at support.ocean.org/aquadopts. $55