12 Days of Christmas: Gifts For a Cause

12 Days of Christmas: Gifts For a Cause

Ok, so the 12 Days of Christmas don’t start until Christmas Day. Yadda yadda. But there are 12 (ish) days until Christmas Eve, which means you’re probably scrambling for gifts. Get more bang for your buck with our 12 favorite gifts that keep on giving.

1. Chagall “The Red Rooster” Ornament
The Cincinnati Art Museum shop offers a new hand-painted custom ornament created from one of the favorite pieces in the museum’s collection: “The Red Rooster” by Marc Chagall. All proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Art Museum. $48, Cincinnati Art Museum Shop at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams, (513) 639-2958, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

2. Lavender Light Mosaic Vase
This mosaic vase is made from recycled glass chips by artisans in Moradabad, India. Artisans are employed by Noah’s Ark, a fair-trade handicraft marketing organization that provides home-based employment, education, and medical treatment for workers and families to put them on the road to self-sufficiency. $59, Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville, (513) 871-5840, tenthousandvillages.com/cincinnati

3. Contemporary Arts Center Rookwood Tile
This Rookwood Pottery Company tile celebrates the 10th Anniversary of “the most important American building to be completed since the cold war,” according to one critic. The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, built in 2003, was designed by Zaha Hadid. One hundred percent of the profits from items purchased in the CAC Store go to support the CAC’s exhibitions, performances, and family programming. $75 (in gift box). Contemporary Arts Center Store, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, (513) 345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org

4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Print
This newly released print from Cincinnati artist Kate Albert will resonate with those who vacation in the Smoky Mountains. Purchases benefit the Great Parks of Hamilton County, which provides recreation, conservation, and education to the community. $40, Great Parks Gift Shop (Main store), 3455 Poole Rd., Colerain, (513) 923-3665, four additional shop locations can be found at greatparks.org

5. Fair Trade Ethiopian Idido Coffee
This 12-ounce bag of artisan-roasted coffee will appeal to the coffee adventurer: highly floral, peach, silky body and a clean finish. And $4 from the sale of every bag goes to help HIV orphans in Machakos, Kenya. $12.95, Carabello Coffee, 107 East Ninth St., Newport, KY, (859) 415-1587, carabellocoffee.com

6. A.D.O.P.T. an Animal

Ok, so you don’t actually get to adopt a baby gorilla. The A.D.O.P.T. (Animals Depend on People Too) program helps to provide food, toys, and special enrichment items for the Zoo’s animal family. $30–$1,000+ with unique benefits at each level. Special Holiday A.D.O.P.T ($50) includes a custom certificate, color fact sheet and holiday animal ornament. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, (513) 281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org/support/adopt

7. Bundle of Joy
The Complete Fair Trade gift bundle includes eight gourmet, organic Equal Exchange products: chocolate bars, coffee, hot cocoa mix, and premium tea. Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade practices ensure that small-scale farmers around the world receive a reasonable and more reliable price for their crops. Community Blend Coffeeshop, a new cooperative business, offers customized gift orders in a beautiful Fair-Trade basket. Prices vary. Community Blend Coffeeshop, 3546 Montgomery Road, Evanston, (513) 531-2667, accepting phone orders after November 18

8. Happiness Is… Helping Kids!
Local Kohl’s stores support kids by donating 100 percent of the profits from child-friendly books and toys to injury prevention at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children’s partners with Kohl’s Department Stores and its Kohl’s Cares® program to help keep children in our community safe from injury. One hundred percent of the sales of seasonal items support the Kohl’s Building Safety on Your Block Programs through the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s. $5 per item, Kohl’s Department Stores, Many locations including Eastgate, Fairfield, Florence, Milford and West Chester, kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations

9. Games To Grow By
Walk with the dinosaurs in this fun-filled game. Created by Cincinnati-based company Late For The Sky, Dino-opoly is a fun way to experience dinosaurs and learn how they looked, what they ate, how they lived, and what happened to them. Purchases support the Cincinnati Museum Center.

An Oppenheim best toy award winner, Life on Earth is a fun matching game from boutique toy manufacturer eeboo that sharpens recognition and memory skills by matching colorful nature tiles. The illustrator in this game was inspired by Cincinnati’s own Charley Harper. The product is made from 90 percent recycled grey board and soy-based inks. Purchases support the Cincinnati Museum Center. Dino-opoly: Ages 8 to adult. $27.95; Life On Earth: Ages 5 and up. $16.95, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Downtown, 513-287-7037

10. Trend Spotting
Exclusive, trendsetting new design combines wood, naturally dyed block-print fabrics and metal wire into a colorful nickel-free, lead-free, and cadmium-free bracelet. The success of these products allows for community development and sustainable jobs to be created in the heart of Delhi, India. $21.95, Freedom Center Gift Shop, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, (513) 333-7738

11. Heartwarming
This cozy, balsam sweater with an asymmetrical full-zippered front, pockets, and versatile collar is made of soft, 100-percent sustainable fabric. Cincinnati’s lur apparel® is committed to social and environmental responsibility and partners with two nonprofits, Miracles in Action and Friendship Bridge, to help impoverished women establish their own businesses and help themselves. Available in eight colors. $58, Pangaea Trading Company, 326 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, (513) 751-3330; Kismet, 2037 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville, (513) 871-7879, lurapparel.com

12. Hope Rising
This “Hope Rising” sterling silver and bronze necklace is handmade by survivors of modern-day slavery and sexual exploitation in Kolkata, India. The women are paid a fair wage for their work to help them on their road to rehabilitation and to create a sustainable income to support their families in their new life. $49.99, Stop Traffick Fashion (online only), (513) 827-1948, stoptraffickfashion.com

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