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Making an Impact with Corporate Gifts

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If you want to be consistent with your company’s values for social responsibility, or simply want to put more meaning into your corporate gift giving this year, consider some of these options. And as an added benefit, shopping local means you will have a positive impact on our community as well.

·      Ten Thousand Villages; with an online gift shop as well as a shop located in Winter Park, Ten Thousand Villages provides opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our market through fair-trading relationships. For holiday gifts they have winter wear, gifts for the office, and holiday decor. More ideas are provided on their Holiday Gift Guide.

(Image by Ten Thousand Villages)

·      Deux Mains; is an online shop founded by Central Florida nonprofit REBUILD Globally to give back after detrimental earthquakes hit Haiti in 2010. Their products are sourced from recycled materials in Haiti and create income opportunities for Haitian entrepreneurs, therefore creating positive environmental and economic impacts. For corporate gifts, they offer a variety of hand bags, sandals and jewelry for women as well as sandals for men. Their earbud holders are also a simple gift for all.

·      Second Harvest: you may know of Second Harvest for their food bank services, but during the holidays they make holiday-themed cards. Proceeds from the sale of these cards support the heightened need for food in our community during the holidays. They will even mail them out for you, upon your request.

·      Brighter Day Designs: this online store was created by a Rollins College student. Twenty five percent of the proceeds from their jewelry sales go to the Tim Tebow Foundation in order for children to receive life-changing surgeries to give them ‘brighter bays.’ If you’re looking for gifts that fit within a tight budget, their website has a section for products under $10.

·      Collective Kindness: located at the Plant St. Market in Winter Garden, also available via etsy.com if you prefer, is a small business built by a mother daughter duo doing more than just making soy candles. A percentage of their proceeds goes to funding local kindness projects in the community. Collective Kindness is a certified green business because they encourage recycling and refilling of their candle containers.

·      East End Market; is located in Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood. They, carry a variety of sustainable gift options ranging from wine and cheese pairings to house plants and hand-crafted pots. Their products are locally sourced, with some ingredients for their food products coming from their own urban farm located on site.  

·      Or try iShopWithPurpose.com, a new online resource that helps people find socially-conscious companies that they feel a connection with. This resource will help you choose where to shop by first knowing what a specific company is doing to make the world a better place, whether during the holiday season, or anytime.

 

These are just a few ideas to jumpstart your corporate gift shopping. If you’re aware of other local companies offering socially-responsible products, or gifts that give back, please share in the comments below and we will add them to our list.

Tags:  Central Florida  Corporate Social Responsibility  Holiday Gifts  Impact  Local  Orlando  Rollins  Social Enterprise 

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