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Gift guide: Foodie gifts that do good

Gift guide: Foodie gifts that do good

The holidays are all about food. Other things, too, I guess, but if you're not thinking about cookies or hot cocoa or roasts, I don't know why you're reading this blog. But as you enjoy treats throughout this season, it's important to remember those who cannot. 

You can help a person eat or live better when you buy certain gifts or by giving donations in a loved one's name. Here are some ideas for foodie gifts that give back.

1. "Coffee First" mug

This cheeky and stylish mug is available at Redemption Market, an online boutique that features fair-trade items. A portion of each sale is donated to Charity: Water, which brings clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

2. Divine Chocolate

This chocolate company is 100 percent fair-trade and is co-owned by the cocoa farmers in Ghana that produce its product, which means they get a piece of the profits. Divine also invests in development projects, including a women's training program and an educational radio show. You can buy Divine Chocolate on the website or at Whole Foods.

3. Oliovera 

For every order of olive oil or vinegar, Oliovera donates 11 meals to Feeding America, which said it provided 4 billion meals to 46 million Americans in the last fiscal year. How about this gift box, which includes two olive oils and an aged balsamic vinegar?

4. Love With Food subscription snack box

Give your loved one a subscription to Love With Food and they'll get a box with at least eight organic, all-natural or gluten-free snacks a month. The Tasting Box subscription ($7.99/month) donates one meal per box to a food bank each month. Higher priced plans such as the Deluxe Box ($16.50/month) and the Gluten Free Box ($19.99/month) each donate two meals per box each month.

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5. Prodigal Pottery

The beautiful handmade, glazed and imprinted pieces from Prodigal Pottery — which include the platter you see above as well as a gorgeous cheese board — are made by homeless women. All of the proceeds from these products support those women. 

P.S. You can browse Latch Company, which is a vendor for Prodigal Pottery, for goods by which cause matters to you.


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