Gifting for a Good Cause

Your shopping list does double duty with gifts that are twice as nice.
44

Ladybug Zooties
Covington’s It’s Only Fair specializes in fair-trade products and items made by survivors of human trafficking. These adorable Zooties baby shoes are handcrafted in small batches in the rural villages of Kyrgyzstan, making them an ideal gift for socially conscious little ones (and their parents). 610 Main St., Covington, (859) 443-1079, $22

Ladybug Zooties
Ladybug Zooties

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Beaded Purse
Over-the-Rhine’s Mannequin Boutique features donated upscale and vintage merchandise, with all sales proceeds going to local service agencies such as the Freestore Foodbank and Lighthouse Youth Services. This beaded and ruffled vintage purse is just the right size for the requisite phone, keys, and ID necessary for a night out on the town. 1311 Main St., Over-The-Rhine, (513) 813-3982, Instagram: mannequin_OTR, $75

Photograph by Aaron Conway
Photograph by Aaron Conway

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Banned Books Mug
Sales from the Friends’ Shop benefit the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, which supports the library’s mission with special material purchases and program sponsorships throughout the year. This clever mug is heat-reactive, revealing the titles of once-banned books when filled with a hot beverage. Main library, 800 Vine St., downtown, (513) 369-6920, $12.50

Banned books mug
Banned books mug

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Love Brunch
Local chef Jean-Robert de Cavel’s Family SIDS Foundation supports SIDS research, education, and awareness, while helping families who have lived through the heartbreak of losing a child to SIDS. Their latest project—a cookbook bursting with brunch recipes from 50 chefs with ties to Cincinnati—makes a wonderful gift for your favorite host. eatplaygive.net, $50

Love Brunch
Love Brunch

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Calla Mapplethorpe Candle
Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center provides diverse arts experiences designed to challenge, entertain, and educate. The CAC Store supports the museum via merchandise that harkens to past and present exhibitions, such as this lily-and-lavender-scented candle celebrating Robert Mapplethorpe’s exquisite flower still lifes. 44 E. Sixth St., downtown, (513) 345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org, $54

 Calla Mapplethorpe Candle
Calla Mapplethorpe Candle

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Bullhorn Necklace
SoHza Sisters focuses on limited-edition jewelry crafted by women around the world, with 15 percent of every purchase going to a local women’s cause. This sleek, sterling-silver chain necklace uses bull horn and upcycled tin collected by Rwandan women widowed by war and makes a strong style statement. sohza.com, $165

 Bullhorn Necklace
Bullhorn Necklace

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Fitted Zip Hoodie
Northside-based Lur Apparel’s sustainable womenswear is made of 100 percent recycled materials. They ensure that their partners offer fair wages, and a portion of their profits benefit impoverished women. Their classic, fitted hoodie is the perfect layering piece for a chilly morning coffee run. lurapparel.com, $25

 Fitted Zip Hoodie
Fitted Zip Hoodie

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Phoenician Glass Goblet
Ten Thousand Villages works with makers throughout the developing world, supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. Artisans in the West Bank city of Hebron create the bands of color in this blown glass goblet by adding reactive substances to molten recycled glass. 2011 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville, (513) 871-5840, tenthousandvillages.com, $39.99

 Phoenician Glass Goblet
Phoenician Glass Goblet

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Telephone Wire Rings
The art-inspired gifts and collectibles at the Taft Museum of Art’s gift shop support the museum’s operating costs as well as the artisans who create them. Telephone wire rings hand-crafted in South Africa blend interesting and unique traditional weaving techniques with modern media—as in colorful recycled phone wire—for a vibrant and sustainable statement. 316 Pike St., downtown, (513) 241-0343, taftmuseum.org, $2.50 each

 Telephone Wire Rings
Telephone Wire Rings

Photograph by Aaron Conway

Facebook Comments