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Editor's Picks: Gifts that Give Back

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Christmas will be here before you know it and many of you probably have already started on your shopping list. A great way to give back is by doing your holiday shopping at stores that benefit local and international causes. Here are a few local shopping opportunities that benefit others. 

Shop Good at 3 N.W. 9th St.

Why We Love It: Just as the name of the store implies, the products carried at Shop Good give back to local and international causes of all kinds. Check the tag on the item you’re interested in to see exactly what organization or group will benefit from your purchase.

A popular product at the store is Mariposa Coffee. The couple behind this local roastery aims to craft quality coffee (which makes a great Christmas gift) and fight social injustice at the same time. The Norman company uses 15 percent of their sales revenue from their popular Rwanda Kabirizi coffee to put water wells in coffee-growing communities that don’t have access to clean water. The company was founded by a Norman couple in 2009 and so far they’ve put two water wells in Rwanda and they’re currently raising money for a third. You can also find Mairposa by the pound at Collected Thread (1705 N.W. 16th St.) and Native Roots (131 N.E. 2nd St.).

T-shirts make a great gift and any you buy at Shop Good are not only designed and screen printed by Shop Good, profits benefit Special Care, an Oklahoma City day care facility for kids with special needs. Tip: For last-minute holiday shopping, Shop Good will have their best sellers and popular gift items available the weekend before Christmas at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. 

Mistletoe Market at Cox Convention Center

Why We Love It: The Junior League of Oklahoma City hosts this three-day shopping event each year to raise money for their community projects. When you shop the 100 vendors at the event, you’re supporting local causes like a prom night at The Children’s Hospital, youth and adult literacy programs, health initiatives to end childhood obesity and more. Gifts you’ll find here range from high-end jewelry and home decor to gourmet foods and children’s items. Shop the Preview Party from 6 to 10 p.m. to get first dibs on top merchandise and enjoy live music, beverages and a silent auction. Preview Party admission is $50. General admission is $10 and offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14. 

Blue Seven at 7518 N. May Ave.

Why We Love It: Blue Seven features some products that give back in addition to supporting a few charitable causes with general profits. One group you can help through shopping at the store is Resource Development International. The Oklahoma natives who run the organization work in Cambodia to improve living conditions through education and hands-on projects that provide clean water. Another cause supported through your shopping is Jasper House Haiti, a non-profit started when a Blue Seven customer moved to Haiti to provide housing and life skills training to women who have aged out of orphanages. 

Specific products that give back at the shop include LYNT socks. The LYNT business is integrated into the curriculum at New Land Academy, an Oklahoma City school for the refugee youth community. Students learn business skills through marketing and selling the socks and all profits from the sale of the socks goes back into the school. 

Kammocks are another charitable product you can pick up at Blue Seven. These are portable hammocks that support malaria treatment to children in Africa. Denik Notebooks also make great gifts and your purchase will help fund schools in developing countries.

PAMBE Ghana Global Market at 6516 N. Olie

Why We Love It: A Ghana native with Oklahoma City ties opens up a holiday market each year to help support a school in her home village. Shop at PAMBE Ghana Global Market for unique fair trade goods and your purchase will support this growing school that helps young people in Ghana get educated and thrive. Gifts you can purchase there are made all over the world. You’re not only supporting the school in Ghana, but all products at the market are purchased from certified members of the Fair Trade Federation, which means artisans are paid a fair price for the items. The volunteer-run market is open noon at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in November and December. 

HOPEfully Yours at 908 N. Broadway, Edmond

Why We Love It: Do a little digging at this upscale resale shop in Edmond and you’ll find the perfect one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. The shop features everything from clothing to furniture. It’s a part of Edmond’s HOPE Center and provides the non-profit with the funding they need to provide social services to underprivileged people who live in Edmond. The HOPE in HOPE Center stands for Helping Our People in Emergencies and shopping at HOPEfully Yours helps provide Edmond residents in need with everything from food and utility bill assistance to medical care. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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