The holidays are a busy time of year, especially for parents and Learning Coaches who are heavily invested in their children’s education. Learning Liftoff is here to save you time and provide you with ideas to make your holiday shopping easy and meaningful. Each of these companies offers gifts that give something back, often to the communities that create their products. It’s like giving two gifts in one.

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For Book Lovers

Find gifts for the bibliophiles in your life from Out of Print. The Brooklyn-based company, that started by putting famous, recognizable book covers on t-shirts, has expanded to offering everything from tote bags to iPhone cases to socks to jewelry. In addition to spreading literary love, Out of Print donates a book to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa for every product sold—that’s 1 million books donated to date.

 

 

 

Something for Everyone

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Your family and friends will love the handmade hats, clothing and bags created by the beneficiaries of Krochet Kids. Each purchase improves the quality of life of the Ugandan or Peruvian woman who made your product by providing a steady income. In addition, Krochet Kids offers educational opportunities to their artisans that have resulted in increased savings, healthier families, a decrease in physical abuse, and an increase in gender equality.

 

 

 

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Toms’ One for One philosophy is illustrated through their shoes, sunglasses, and coffee sales. For every pair of shoes sold, Toms gifts a pair to a child in need. Similarly, any Toms eyewear purchase helps restore sight to an individual through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses, or medical treatment. In addition, Toms’ coffee sales support water systems in the same countries that provide their coffee beans.

For Kids

CapturePlan Toys, with its headquarters in Thailand, was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from preservative-free rubberwood. Their toys are chemical-free, embellished with nontoxic, water-based dyes and nontoxic glue, and are meant to encourage creative, educational play. Plan Toys is one of the leading companies in creating new materials and processes to minimize waste to zero and has numerous ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility Projects such as their children’s museum in Thailand and fundraising for children with special needs.

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While Plan Toys is a great option for purchasing wooden toys that give something back, IKEA donates one dollar for every soft toy or book sold through their Soft Toys for Education program. The donation goes to Save the Children and UNICEF, and is spent on children’s educational projects.

For Ladies

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Decorate the ladies in your life with handmade jewelry from 31Bits. When gifting jewelry and other 31Bits accessories, you enable the Ugandan beneficiaries who made your product to provide for their families. They are also cared for holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships.

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For Skin

Shea Yeleen’s butters, soaps, and balms are inspired by nature and are free of toxins, bleach, and parabens. The best part? All of their shea butter is handmade by women in rural communities in West Africa who, in turn, earn a fair, living wage.

For Home

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The Citizentry believes that their household embellishments are only as interesting as the people who make them and only as beautiful as the environments they spring from. Each purchase from Citizenry supports fair wages, happy working environments, and a direct investment into artisan entrepreneurs. 10% of proceeds go directly back into artisan communities through Entrepreneur Development Grants that help their partners take their crafts and their businesses to new places by providing tools and equipment, training and education, and workshop space.

 

 

Just as you hand-select each gift for the important people in your life, K12 allows families to tailor their curriculum for each individual student in your life. K12 believes in the importance of individualized learning. If you would like to learn more, our enrollment specialists would love to speak with you at (877) 895-1754.

Learning Liftoff wants to help add meaning and magic to your holiday season. What traditions do you uphold that make this season special for your family?

 

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