by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 16, 2015

'Tis the season for shopping, so why not find a little something that is thoughtfully made, helps a great cause, or both?

grow-your-own-marinara kitFor the giftee with a green thumb, Uncommon Goods offers this Grow-Your-Own-Marinara kit with seeds for tomatoes, Greek oregano and basil. The plants can be grown right in the bags. Cost: $29.



barrel-stave winerackFrom the sustainable home goods catalog Bambeco comes this 7-bottle storage rack for wines brought up from your cellar. The wood is from reclaimed wine-barrel staves. Cost: $99.


antique-sari bagsThese totes are crafted by members of a women's cooperative in New Delhi, India, using antique saris. Find them at the Rainforest Site for $34.95 each; bulk ordering is available.



Bamboo cutting boardBamboo is a great material for cutting boards; this example made with end-grain wood comes from Top Notch Kitchenware through Amazon. Cost: $39.99.




Il Mulino coffeeNew organic coffees are available from Il Mulino. Options cost from $8 for a 4 oz. bag of sustainably farmed beans to $20 for the 10-oz. bag. Proceeds from the bag of Fair Trade Guatemalan beans help support global women’s causes through the Café Femenino Foundation.



Feed Kenya bagAll the products available from Feed help fight hunger throughout the world. For instance, buying the $250 Feed Kenya Bag provides 370 school meals for children in the African country. T-shirts, accessories and more are available.




Barnabas infinity scarfTen percent of all sales at Barnabas go to the Living Room International, a nonprofit in Western Kenya that provides comprehensive care to people living with HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses. The clothing, like these colorful infinity scarves, is hard to resist.


reusable sandwich and snack bagsStart packing lunch in these reusable snack and sandwich bags from ReUseIt and stop throwing away ziploc bags. The twin bags cost $7.19.



Feel free to add your other ideas in the comments field below. Happy gifting!