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CharlotteFive gift guide: Give gifts that give back

Eleven-year-old Rosie Guadarrama and her mother Rosa Guadarrama volunteered to help[ plant trees at Garinger High School on a misty Saturday morning.
 TreesCharlotte  lead a tree planting event on the campus of Garinger High School on Saturday December 6, 2014. After opening remarks from Mayor Daniel Clodfelter and CMS Deputy Supt. Ann Clark, more than 200 volunteers separated into groups to plant about 400 trees all over the campus. Garinger is the 11th campus where trees have been planted this year, bringing the total to about 4,000.
Eleven-year-old Rosie Guadarrama and her mother Rosa Guadarrama volunteered to help[ plant trees at Garinger High School on a misty Saturday morning. TreesCharlotte lead a tree planting event on the campus of Garinger High School on Saturday December 6, 2014. After opening remarks from Mayor Daniel Clodfelter and CMS Deputy Supt. Ann Clark, more than 200 volunteers separated into groups to plant about 400 trees all over the campus. Garinger is the 11th campus where trees have been planted this year, bringing the total to about 4,000. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to shop for everyone on your list. We started our CharlotteFive Gift Guide highlighting presents for womenmen, your parentsdogs and Panthers (fans). Now it’s time to talk about giving back.

The best way to not feel guilty about shopping? Choosing gifts that give back. Here are a few options:

Trees Charlotte

Give the gift of a White Oak, Eastern Redbud or even a Sango Kaku Japanese Maple this holiday season through Trees Charlotte, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding Charlotte’s tree canopy (i.e. tree cover) by 50% by 2050. The trees range from $150-225 in price and come with a certificate of dedication. Brick markers available for an additional fee.

Dsenyo

This fair trade company works with women artisans in Africa and Brazil who create apparel, accessories and home décor for national and international customers. The communities in which Dsenyo works are often scarce of businesses so they help provide sustainable jobs, training and more to empower women and artisans to help them get out of poverty. Pick up a bangle or a pair of earrings at Pura Vida Worldly Art in NoDa.

A membership to one of Charlotte’s cultural attractions

From museums to botanical gardens and everything in between, the purchase of a membership not only provides access to arts and culture to the giftee but it allows the community to enter and experience something new. Most include workshops, educational classes, summer camps and discounts within their walls and at their sister locations, too.

Some options (there are more):

The Mint Museum

The Bechtler

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Levine Museum of the New South

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Discovery Place

A Child’s Place & Huntersville Christmas Lights

Always thinking of innovative ways to reach their mission of working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, A Child’s Place offered holiday sponsorships, and Give Back Gift Shops which were set up in local schools this holiday season.

Currently, the nonprofit is partnering with Huntersville Christmas Lights, a free synchronized musical Christmas light show where the donations will go to help local homeless children and their families.

ONEHOPE

Most don’t need a reason to open a bottle of wine, but ONEHOPE makes you feel better about it. The organization started in 2007 with one goal in mind — to give back to various causes year-round. Through selling their wine and other products, ONEHOPE has been able to do just that and to date has donated $1.8 million to well-deserving organizations. Cheers to that!

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Photo: John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer

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