Double Give Through Gifts

EcoLassieHalloweenEco Lassie hopes your tricks and treats were tons of fun!

It got her to thinking about treats in general, and how when we want to give a gift, we can often make it twice as nice. Do you have a friend having a birthday? Know a couple getting married? Or maybe you just like to start your holiday shopping early.

These gifts all have a secondary purpose, as you’ll see.

Hand-in-Hand-Soap-537x402Looking for a smaller gift? Hand in Hand soaps are made from all-natural ingredients. When you purchase any two bars ($22 for two), you are helping to fund rain-forest conservation. Part of their program includes providing clean water for a child in need.

2002033678For that bride and groom having a fall wedding, or maybe a special anniversary gift?

Eco Lassie recommends this stainless steel carving set designed by master metalsmith Jaivid Rangthong. Profits go to LongHouse Reserve, an arts center in East Hampton, NY $56.

img-thingEco Lassie loves these handblown glass paperweights from West Elm. These neat pieces are like  small sculptures for your deskand they have a function, too. Buy one of these beauties and a part of each purchase benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

krochet_kids-simon_ipad_case-naturalIsn’t this the neatest iPad cover? And it’s hand crocheted by women in Peru who are part of an innovative employment-training and educational program. Available from Krochet Kids in several colors and designs.

And let’s not forget our pets. Princess or Sam need a new leash?

see-scout-sleep-leashesWhat better way to purchase a new leash and do a good deed. These hemp leashes from See Scout Sleep are made from hemp, so they’re sustainable and durable, with a nice brass clip for years of use. Called the Braveheart Leash, a part of each sale benefits the hurricane-relief fund on the Gulf Coast.

This is one Eco Lassie has on her own list. The next time you need to send someone flowers, consider Bloom2Bloom’s Wild Thing Bouquet.

origThese pretty bunches of seasonal flowers arrive artfully arranged. And the bonus here is that for every bunch you buy, a second similar one is donated to a community organization. This might be a women’s shelter or an elder-care facility. So the next time you want to bring a little cheer and color into someone’s life, you can double your efforts.

Next time you need to purchase a gift, why not see if you can make it two gifts in one?

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About auntiemwrites

I'm a retired RN, full-time writer who lives in a very rural area in coastal NC. I live here with Doc and our 7 yr old Spinone, Radar. We have 3 grown married sons. On a daily basis we see deer, tons of birds including blue birds and woodpeckers, shore birds and the occasional black bear, and love living on the Pungo River, perfect for a writer. My award-wininng mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN, is set in Oxford, UK, and is the first of a series featuring American Nora Tierney. Book 2, THE GREEN REMAINS, follows Nora's move to Cumbria. Book 3, THE SCARLET WENCH, has her getting mixed up in murder yet again!

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