During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we don’t often think about anything more than what to get that friend who has everything, or what sparkly holiday dress to wear to the next Christmas soirée. This year, though, as you check off your Christmas to-give list, consider one of these gift ideas that give back. These items found locally have charitable factors, making doing good this holiday season a breeze!

Anchal products

The Anchal Project, a Louisville-based nonprofit, offers alternative careers in textiles to marginalized and exploited women in India. Anchal sells ornaments, pillows, scarves, quilts and totes, each made by artisans who are, in turn, empowered through design training, health benefits, education workshops and financial security. To shop, click here.

Image credit: Adele Reding Photography

Anchal infinity scarf, $60, featured on founder Colleen Clines | Image courtesy of Adele Reding Photography

Helping Hands at Nanz & Kraft

With each order at Nanz & Kraft Florists, customers can select a charitable organization and Nanz & Kraft will make a $2 donation to that charity. Select the Helping Hands pull-down menu on the order form, and choose which organization will receive your contribution. This is valid for sending flowers in town or around the world via online ordering. This program goes on year round, too, not just during the holidays. Click here to see a list of the organizations.

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Nanz & Kraft will donate $2 to a participating charitable organization with each order through their Helping Hands program.

Lee W. Robinson Company (this week only)

For the remainder of this week, the Lee W. Robinson Company is donating proceeds from store and online sales to benefit certain Louisville charities. Get 10 percent off your purchase, and the company will donate 10 percent to the charity allotted for the particular day. Here is the list:


Lee W. Robinson Company is giving 10 percent of their sales from their online boutique and their showroom to specific local charities this week.

Pura Vida bracelets

These fun, colorful Pura Vida Bracelets, sold locally at Celebrations and Apricot Lane, are the perfect gift for your fashionable friends. Best of all, every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for artisans in Costa Rica. Additionally, you can choose bracelets from Pura Vida’s Charity Collection, which includes such charities as animal awareness, education, children, environmental causes, cancer, military and more.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida bracelets are sold locally at Celebrations and Apricot Lane. Image courtesy of Pura Vida Bracelets

Chavez for Charity bracelets 

These lovely beaded Chavez for Charity bracelets, sold locally at Dandelion for $10, are another colorful gift that gives back. For every bracelet sold, Dandelion and Chavez for Charity will donate 25 percent of the profit to the charity the bracelet color represents. Chavez for Charity has 20 amazing and worthy charitable causes to choose from, including Little Kids Rock, Water.org and Whole Planet.

Chavez for Charity Bracelets

Chavez for Charity bracelets at Dandelion

Nepalese hats

These cozy hats, sold at Just Creations for $29, are hand-knitted by low-income women in Nepal. With each sale, these women, who were taught to knit by the Kumbeshwar Technical School, are provided with employment opportunities. Additionally, hat sales also support a Nepalese school, community health-care initiatives and an orphanage.

Hats at Just Creations

Cozy hats from Just Creations

TOMS Shoes

Since the start of TOMS, we have seen them progress from slip-ons to sunglasses to boots. Now, we even have wedges! With the purchase of one pair of TOMS shoes, another pair is given to a child in need. Grab a pair at several local Louisville locations, including Clodhoppers, Apricot Lane, Tradehome Shoes, Whole Foods Market, Journeys, Quest Outdoors, Nordstrom Rack and Target.


These TOMS booties are $89.

Fair-trade coffee

It’s no secret Heine Brothers is a staple in every Louisvillian’s morning routine. The Kentucky Dream coffee, $14, is a great gift for the early bird, and it’s one that gives back. Each purchase of this cinnamon bun-smelling coffee yields $5 to Kentuckians For the Commonwealth to continue their efforts in ending mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian region and to help move towards a successful economic transition.

The Kentucky Dream Coffee from Heine Brothers

The Kentucky Dream Coffee sold at Heine Brothers, $14 | Image courtesy of Heine Brothers

With a wide range of gifts that pull double-duty in the feel-good department, you can go ahead and check “being charitable” off of your holiday to-do list. Go you!

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