Philanthropy

10 Holiday Gift Suggestions that Keep on Giving

In this season of giving, why not give presents that support a greater cause?
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It's Christmas again, the season when it's customary to exchange presents with family and friends. 

But what makes a gift even more special for both giver and receiver is when it benefits a third partyan advocacy or a charity in need. Below, some wonderful gift ideas that give back to society.

The Nutcracker Collection by Ballet Philippines


Buy a beautiful ornament and have timeless Christmas characters such as Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugarplum Fairy as part of your tree’s trimmings. Ballet Philippines will give all proceeds to the Noordin Jumalon Scholarship Fund. The fund supports the company’s young dancers.

Billy’s Hats


For every eccentric head accessory you get from Billy’s Hats at the Marriott Hotel, all the proceeds will go to the construction and maintenance of new dormitories for students of the Philippine School for the Deaf. The hats come in five colors and a ten percent discount is given with a purchase of all five hats.

Montblanc for UNICEF Collection


With 13 years of charitable collaborations behind the two companies, Montblanc and UNICEF have partnered once more to improve the learning conditions of over five million children around the world. With each purchase of limited edition writing instruments, timepieces, accessories, and leather goods, Montblanc will donate three percent of the proceeds to support UNICEF and its literacy projects. Montblanc has promised a minimum of $1.5 million to the cause.

LUSH Charity Pot


Grassroots charities get a hundred percent of the sales for every tub of this floral moisturizer sold. Now on its tenth year, the Lush Charity Pot is sold in over 36 countries and has made donations to 5,500 charities that fight for various advocacies around the world.

Tiffany Save the Wild Collection

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Tiffany & Co. has created its first-ever collection made especially for a cause and this is in support of the Elephant Crisis Fund and the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign. Total sales from the collection alone will be donated for the benefit of the ECF. It's projected that a minimum amount of $1,000,000 will be given to the fund by January of 2019. The fund aims to end the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.

Bulgari #RaiseYourHand Campaign


Bulgari and the Save The Children campaign have partnered to provide children with the proper education. For every piece of jewelry bought from the Save The Children collection, Bulgari will be donating a portion of the proceeds to fund programs on education, empowerment, and fighting poverty.

Truest Society


Truest Society products are sold for the benefit of making the fourth district of Leyte a more sustainable place to live in. The brand originally started with candles. Many parts of this district still do not have electricity, so the funds will go to providing portable solar lanterns for children.

Peninsula Manila’s Tree of Hope and Papinee Plush Toy


For every order of the Teas of Hope afternoon tea set, the Cocktail of Hope, or the Mocktail of Hope at the Peninsula Manila, you get a lovely Tree of Hope crystal ball ornament designed with the Peninsula SnowPage. This, together with an individual purchase of the limited edition Papinee plush toy, is for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which aims to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Hands On Manila Holiday Gifts


In order to raise funds for their volunteer initiatives, non-profit organization Hands On Manila is selling plant kits for the holidays. The organization finds suitable community service opportunities for volunteers of its partner organizations.

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Jewelmer Pearl of Hope Bracelet


To welcome the new year, Jewelmer introduces the Pearl of Hope bracelet. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bracelet will go to environmental initiatives, education, and livelihood programs headed by the Save Palawan Seas Foundation. 

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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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