GIFTS FROM THE HEART

Yoga Journal - - Contents - By Ye­lena Moroz Alpert

Find the ideal gift for ev­ery yogi on your list with our hol­i­day gift guide, and feel good know­ing that ev­ery pur­chase gives back to a char­ity do­ing ad­mirable work.

Presents are nice, but help­ing oth­ers is even nicer. We scouted hun­dreds of com­pa­nies that part­ner with char­i­ties do­ing ad­mirable things—from do­nat­ing blan­kets to shel­ters to help­ing chil­dren in need—to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate hol­i­day gift guide fea­tur­ing heart and soul for ev­ery bud­get.

1 For ev­ery pair of Mitscoots pima cot­ton socks sold, the com­pany do­nates a new pair to some­one in need. What’s more, at their pack­ag­ing fa­cil­ity in Austin, Texas, Mitscoots em­ploys peo­ple tran­si­tion­ing out of home­less­ness ($12–22, mitscoots.com).

2 Tea and cof­fee lovers will get an even warmer feel­ing in­side while drink­ing from a stain­less-steel MiiR travel tum­bler, know­ing that their pur­chase pro­vided one per­son in Africa or South­east Asia ac­cess to clean wa­ter for an en­tire year ($20–22, miir.com).

3 De­signed in Ghana, Mariemae for To the Mar­ket Ehu­rusi note­books have a play­ful pat­tern de­signed to in­spire “re­joic­ing ec­stat­i­cally,” which you’ll do when you learn each sale pro­vides an hour of busi­ness train­ing to fe­male en­trepreneurs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries ($18 for two note­books, tothe­mar­ket.com).

4 Bright and long last­ing, Kis­met lip­sticks are paraben free and ve­gan. Ten per­cent of each pur­chase goes to char­i­ties like Pay It For­ward Net­work­ing, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that grants wishes for sick and dis­abled kids by us­ing the power of so­cial me­dia ($16–22, kismet­cos­met­ics.com).

5 Phi­los­o­phy’s Pu­rity Made Sim­ple cleanser, crafted from nat­u­ral ex­tracts, and the uber-hy­drat­ing Re­newed Hope in a Jar both come wrapped as dec­o­ra­tive ornaments, and 1 per­cent of all Phi­los­o­phy sales go to the Hope & Grace Ini­tia­tive to sup­port men­tal-health or­ga­ni­za­tions (cleanser, $11; mois­tur­izer, $16; phi­los­o­phy.com).

6 Sip, sip, hooray! For ev­ery ounce sold of or­ganic Plum Deluxe Joy Blend tea—a Fair Trade med­ley of white tea, jas­mine, and or­ange peel—the com­pany con­trib­utes $1 to The Joy Team, a Port­land, Ore­gon–based non­profit that spreads op­ti­mistic mes­sages via na­tion­wide bill­boards ($7 per ounce, plumdeluxe.com).

7 In­spire your bak­ing buddy with Wil­liams-Sonoma lim­ited-edi­tion spat­u­las fea­tur­ing art by celebrity chefs—for in­stance, Michael Volt­ag­gio’s “think or­ganic” light­bulb, Tyler Florence’s or­ange pig, and David Chang’s Mo­mo­fuku or­anges. Thirty per­cent of the pro­ceeds go to No Kid Hun­gry, a non­profit that fights child­hood hunger ($13, wil­liams-sonoma.com).

8 Hug­ger Mug­ger ny­lon yoga-mat Sim­ple Slings are ideal for the min­i­mal­ist on your list. One per­cent of sales go to Child & Fam­ily Sup­port Cen­ter, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps pre­vent child abuse and ne­glect ($10, hug­ger­mug­ger.com).

en­foldgiftwrap.com).

Re­us­able, eco-friendly, and pretty, En­fold gift wrap is made from or­ganic cot­ton in the United States or re­claimed saris in In­dia sewn by women res­cued from sex traf­fick­ing ($16–24,

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