Gift guide: Bookish gifts that benefit charity
When I'm giving gifts, it feels extra special to be able to tell the person that the item I thought they'd love also helped someone in need. You too can give back when you buy books and other literary items for certain stores, if you know where to shop. Some places donate books, others give money to charities. And some will even let you choose which charity you want to support.
Here are five places you can shop online for bookish gifts and benefit charities while you're at it.
For every book you buy, BWB donates one through Books for Africa or Feed the Children. It also donates to literacy partners with each book sale. BWB says it has donated nearly 21 million books, raised nearly $24 million for libraries and reused or recycled more than 241 million books.
2. Out of Print
You can buy Out of Print's banned books scarf, library card tote bag and other items at Uncommon Goods. But if you shop directly from their site — say, for this Madeline t-shirt — Out of Print will donate one book to a community in need.
This online shop, which sells everything from Mark Twain-themed candles to adult coloring books, pledges to donate 100 percent of its after-tax profits to reading-related charities such as READ Global and Ethiopia Reads.
If you want to give someone a literary gift subscription, Go Indie Now! promises to take you on a "relaxing literary vacation." It features independently- or self-published novels, and gives 10 percent of its profits to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Knitted Knockers.
This one works for any purchase you make at Amazon. Start your shopping trip at smile.amazon.com, where you can also choose which charity you want to support. The AmazonSmile Foundation will give 0.5 percent of the purchase price of your items to your chosen 501(c)3 charity.
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