WE: Gifts That Can Change the World

Gifts That Can Change The World

Sharing some great gift ideas for those who want to give gifts that can change the world, like those from WE.

I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all heard of WE. WE is the brainchild of Craig, Marc and Roxanne Kielburger that brings together initiatives to make doing good, doable.  Through programs like WE Schools, WE Charity, and WE Day, the WE movement empowers change all while providing resources to create a sustainable impact.

Their ME To WE line is a personal fave for our family. They offer experiences and products that are socially conscious and do so through artisanal products, partnerships and immersive volunteer trips. 

When you donate to WE 90% of your donations support one of their programs, while the other 10% goes to cover administrative fees. 

Gifts That Can Change The World

WE Villages’ partners with rural communities in nine countries such as Kenya, India, Equador, China, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Haiti and Ethiopia. They work at breaking the cycle of poverty by focusing on the five Pillars of Impact: Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity. Every gift or donation someone makes to WE goes through the WE Villages model to make a positive impact in one of those pillars. 

Education

When children are educated they are armed with the self-confidence to better themselves and their families. The ME to WE Chocolate (12-pack $59.88) taste so good (because they’re made with Ecuador’s prized national cacao bean, Fino de Aroma) and also give educational impacts to schools in Ecuador. Now you can indulge in a good cause 🙂 

The Semiprecious collection – Rafiki bracelet – Labradorite ($50symbolizes transformation & wisdom. Made with glass beads, semiprecious stones and accented with 24 k gold-plated brass beads it is a statement piece.  Each piece also gives the gift of education to a child, nurturing growth and wisdom around the world.
 

 Water 

Keeping families healthy starts with access to clean sources of water. ME to WE Coffee ($13) is a sustainably grown, ethically sourced and artisan crafted single origin java from Ecuador. Each bag purchased also gives clean water to a family–A WHOLE FAMILY.

The beautiful Intention series necklace – Lapis lazuli – dream ($35) shares a positive sentiment. This necklace features ethically sourced semiprecious beads, connected to a unique meaning to resonate with your recipient’s personal journey. This lapis lazuli necklace symbolizes creativity and truth, and gives clean water to a person in a developing community.

Health 

When children are healthy they’re less likely to miss school or drop out. This Make An Impact Health Rafiki ($10) provides people with access to health care. When my oldest daughter is choosing gifts for her friends, she always gravitates towards a Rafiki  (Rafiki means ‘friend’ in Swahili). Made with gorgeous colourful glass beads threaded onto a stretchy 48″ cord these can be worn as either a bracelet, necklace, anklet or whatever you can think of. 

Food

If female farmers had the same resources as male farmers, up to 150 million more people would be fed.  This Colour Pop Bracelet in teal ($12.00) is made by a mama in Kenya and provides food. Glass beads and brass accents come together with an adjustable pull closure.

Opportunity

With workshops on running successful farms and businesses, families have what they need to become empowered. This on-trend Bar Drop Choker $30.00 has a hanging brass bar to add a unique touch to a classic leather choker–it also provides a financial opportunity to a Kenyan woman.

A WE giftcard lets you shop for others while allowing others to choose their impact. They can support sustainable change by donating to WE Charity’s local and global programs or do good by purchasing ME to WE products and experiences, like Rafiki Bracelets or contributing towards their ME to WE Trip. Choose from 4 fun designs. Your recipient will receive an e-mail including your personal message and a code to redeem the next time they shop or donate. To learn more about the WE Card, visit we.org/giftcard.

Donating To WE

If you donate before December 1st, you can double your impact thanks to the matching program in place. One of WE’s generous donors will match your donation to increase the impact and help families receive the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. WE Charity donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt as well so check out one of the ways you can donate today. 

Online. Donate online and see the full gifting catalogue: we.org/donate

By mail. If you have a catalogue with a donation card and envelope you can mail your donation (make cheque out ou WE Charity)
WE Charity
338 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
M5A 1S9

By Phone. Donations can be made by calling 1.800.203.1122

By Shopping ME to WE. You can shop ME to WE products online at shop.metowe.com and in-store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre,  CF Ottawa Rideau Centre (generously donated by Cadillac Fairview) and I also get products at my local Staples.ca

This post is in partnership with WE. We received some products in order to write about them. All opinions are our own.
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25 Comments

  1. Maggie C
    November 26, 2017 / 10:40 am

    what a great initiative! this is a great idea for gifts as well.

  2. Darren Scrubb
    November 26, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Great looking gift ideas for Christmas that truly are helping people as well.

  3. November 26, 2017 / 10:41 am

    This is a wonderful idea! Thank you.

  4. Sarah alexis
    November 26, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Wow, the Intention series necklace is so pretty! What a great feel good gift idea that gives back 🙂

  5. nicolthepickle
    November 28, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    The me to we is wonderful. I’d probably gift everyone coffee, because I think clean water is a really necessary thing.

  6. loucheryl
    November 29, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I love that choker! What a great cause. I love supporting causes like this, especially around the holidays.

  7. Sarah alexis
    November 30, 2017 / 1:09 am

    I love the Rafiki bracelet – I know this would make a great gift for my friend 🙂

  8. Debbie White Beattie
    November 30, 2017 / 2:30 am

    This sounds like such a great charity and we can all help charities of some kind. Right now I help 4 different charities one for kids, 2 for animals and one to help homeless women. But this sounds like a great charity and you get something for giving which is awesome

  9. joanne darrell
    November 30, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Coffee and chocolate.What better way to give back.

  10. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    November 30, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Me to We is a wonderful charity and a great way to give back. 10% goes to cover administrative fees is a minimal deduction compared to the Red Cross. In 2016, Canadian Red Cross’s fundraising costs were 19% of donations and administrative costs were 15% of total revenues.

  11. Lynda Cook
    December 1, 2017 / 8:52 am

    I love this, I love how buying one small gift will make a big impact and help out so much, Me to We is awesome!!

  12. kathy downey
    December 1, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    What wonderful gift ideas,love the Rafiki bracelet

  13. Linda H
    December 4, 2017 / 10:36 am

    A great charity to support and there are so many looking for donations at this time of the year.

  14. Chantal Thibault-Fray
    December 6, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    What an amazing thing this is to do! Thank you for your generosity!

  15. Sandra Tang
    December 7, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Great idea and awesome gifts!

  16. Holly D
    December 8, 2017 / 12:25 am

    All great gift ideas! Really love the Rafiki bracelet.

  17. Holly M
    December 8, 2017 / 7:48 am

    I own a rafiki bracelet, I wear it daily. I love the whole concept of this company.

  18. lori galbraith
    December 10, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I love their clean water initiatives and coffee would be an awesome gift to give.

  19. Nancy T
    December 13, 2017 / 10:23 am

    We include WE gifts for classmates birthday parties.

  20. Tannis W
    December 16, 2017 / 2:44 am

    The teal bracelet and WE coffee look great. Thanks for the great ideas for giving.

  21. Linda H
    December 18, 2017 / 9:51 am

    I love the Semiprecious collection – Rafiki bracelet – Labradorite .

  22. Darlene Schuller
    December 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I love this initiative! The prices are insanely reasonable and all for a great cause and foundation!

  23. Susan Lewis
    December 24, 2017 / 8:05 am

    What a great concept and foundation. As the song goes “Teach your children well”! I so believe in this.

  24. kathy downey
    June 18, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Wow,thanks for sharing all these great gift ideas.