Gift Guide – Gifts That Give Back
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam — “repairing the world” — give the gift that keeps on giving with these charitable products and organizations.
Jodi Feld Special to the Jewish News
Skip the mall this holiday season — and every other season — and place an online order with Kidbox. Co-founded by Israeli-born (with Syrian roots) Haim Dabah — who’s worked with Simply Vera Wang, Karl Karl Lagerfeld, Marchesa and more — Kidbox is the first kids’ stylebox mixing cool brands, awesome savings and a mission to clothe children in need. Like StitchFix, Kidbox users start by taking an online quiz asking your child’s size, style, likes, dislikes, do’s and don’ts. In 3-5 days, Kidbox will ship a custom-created boxful of designer duds for your kiddo, straight to your door. Try on everything at home and decide what to keep, what to return. For every complete box you purchase, Kidbox, partnered with Delivering Good, will donate new outfits to children affected by poverty or tragedy. Upon checking out, you and your child have the option to choose the organization to support. In its first year, Kidbox Cares donated to 25,000 children in need — the goal of the program is to donate 1 million outfits. There’s no monthly fee for the service, and you can cancel at any time, which means that you can donate up to five or six outfits per year just for being stylish. Kidbox.com.
PACKED WITH PURPOSE
Since 2016, Packed with Purpose (PwP), founded by Leeatt Rothschild, has been making a lasting, meaningful impression with its high-quality gift packages and boxes. PwP has curated a selection of gifts from socially conscious companies, dedicated to community involvement, that “stand out and do good.” PwP creates gifts for conferences, events, company clients or employees, holiday gifts or just that someone special. Every beautifully packaged gift box provides a note, detailing the important social impact each item is making. You’re not only giving recipients a gift they will enjoy, but you’re also helping organizations continue to do good in the world. Some “purposeful purveyors” include Aspire Coffeeworks, Big Picture Farm, Project Fire, Detroit Food Academy and Cooper Street Cookies. Packages start at $40; create your own or choose one
of many themed boxes. Packedwithpurpose.gifts.
THE HEALTH NUT
About 20 years ago, Diane Orley sampled some nuts from her sister’s recent trip to India. The nuts had been soaked through an Indian tradition and Orley fell in love with the taste and crunch, so she began experimenting and perfecting her own three-day process of soaking and dehydrating nuts. Soon she was making and gifting nuts to everyone in the community and, in 2008, the Health Nut was born. Orley’s process changes the texture and makes for a delicious, oil-free, salt-free, crunchy nut that also retains vital enzymes and helps aid in digestion. The Healthy Nut is currently made in Orley’s Bloomfield Hills home under the cottage law, but soon she plans to partner with her niece and moving to a facility as the business grows. A portion of all her proceeds goes to the George Orley Mental Wellness Initiative, which works to combat the stigma attached to mental illness — founded after Orley’s son died of suicide in 2013. The Health Nuts can be purchased at Palate Pleaser and Equilibrium Studios, both in Bloomfield Hills, or online at thehealthnut.org.
Located in the River North Community of Chicago, Marwen was founded in 1987 by entrepreneur and art collector Steven Berkowitz as a way to serve underprivileged youth in Chicago. The nonprofit offers a variety of free visual arts programs and college counseling for students in grades 6-12, fulfilling Berkowitz’s dream of inspiring and educating young people in under-resourced communities. Each year, students from more than 50 zip codes participate in Marwen’s programs, including photography, sculpting, ceramics, textiles and more. Support Marwen’s free programs through donation, attending a gallery event — or by purchasing greeting and holiday cards via Marwen. Each season it commissions talented high-school students, through its Design to Print program, to create artwork for holiday cards. All the proceeds from the greeting-card sales benefit the at-risk youth attending Marwen’s programs. Marwen.org.
OUT OF PRINT CLOTHING
Few things are better than a well-worn classic novel — except a well-loved T-shirt! Out of Print Clothing brings these loves together. The company, founded in 2010, celebrates classic novels, stories and authors with its high-quality T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, totes, and baby and kids’ items. Featuring favorites like Matilda, Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Charlotte’s Web and so many more, there’s truly something for every bookworm on your holiday list. Plus, for each item sold, Out of Print Clothing will donate a book to an underserved community via its partner, Books for Africa. To date, the company has donated more than 1 million books. We loved the Little Golden Books T-shirt that reminded us of our childhood and the The Handmaid’s Tale tote, which will be perfect for creeping out our office mates. Outofprint.com.