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If you want to buy gifts for your friends, fam­ily or col­leagues, why not look for some­thing that al­lows you to share the love at the same time? It goes with­out say­ing that sup­port­ing a lo­cal busi­ness will make a lo­cal fam­ily do a happy dance, but there are also busi­nesses that sup­port good causes, which means your pur­chase in turn sup­ports some­one in need. Hur­ray for win-win out­comes!

+ Star for Star­ship. There’s al­ways room for one more dec­o­ra­tion on the tree. These hang­ing stars are per­fect for Se­cret San­tas, teach­ers or even as a fin­ish­ing touch to a wrapped par­cel for some­one spe­cial. They’re just $3 and all pro­ceeds go to the Star­ship Foun­da­tion. Grab one from New World.

+ Trade Aid. Not only do they have a great range of pressie ideas for ev­ery­one (cof­fee, choco­late, cush­ions, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, games), but any time you buy from Trade Aid you’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to a maker or ar­ti­san over­seas.

+ Food for Good. Books are al­ways a sure-fire win­ner, es­pe­cially when they’re 192-page books filled with amaz­ing recipes and beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy like this one is. The cherry on top: for ev­ery book sold, a kid who would nor­mally go with­out is given a lunch. How’s that for a warm fuzzy? Food for Good is $39.99 from eat­my­ + Smar­tass. We prom­ise this toi­let talk is for a good cause. Smar­tass is plas­tic- and tree-free TP (toi­let pa­per) made from sugar cane and bam­boo fi­bres. It’s not only good for the en­vi­ron­ment, but it’s also good for New Zealand: for ev­ery car­ton of Smar­tass sold, a tree is planted by Mil­lion Me­tres to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and en­hance fresh wa­ter bio­di­ver­sity. Give 48 rolls for $48 from smar­

+ Mr Four Eyes. If your spe­cial some­one is hint­ing at a new pair of sun­nies for sum­mer, check out Mr Four Eyes. For ev­ery pair of sun­nies or pre­scrip­tion glasses sold, this clever lot gift a pair of glasses to a Kiwi kid who needs them. You can’t beat help­ing cre­ate a bright fu­ture for a lit­tlie. mr­

+ Texan Art Schools. As well as a range of good­ies made by clever lo­cal mak­ers, in­clud­ing art, ceram­ics, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories, Texan Art Schools also stocks work by ar­ti­sans with a so­cial arm to their busi­ness. The Loyal Work­shop pro­duces di­vine, eth­i­cally made, hand-stitched leather wal­lets, satchels, bags and belts made by women in Kolkata – for these women, this job is the means for them to es­cape the sex trade. If you’re af­ter some­thing for a lit­tle per­son you know, check out Kat Merewether’s books and chil­dren’s din­ner sets. Kat do­nates to the Ki­wis for Ki­wis char­ity from ev­ery book sold. tex­a­

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