Giving is always a pleasure, but add a touch of philanthropy to the gifts and both you and the recipient can enjoy the glad tidings.
If you want to be a model global citizen, even while shopping, look to WORLDOFGOOD.COM BY EBAY, where more than 15,000 eco-conscious and socially conscious goods -- from handcrafted handbags to unique jewelry (above) -- are a click of the mouse away. Choose to shop by category or by value (social, not monetary). worldofgood.com
Nest is a nonprofit organization that empowers women by offering interest-free loans and a marketplace for their goods. When you shop at its BUILDANEST.COM, your purchase of a handmade sequin clutch or organic cotton pillows (left) helps establish small businesses in poor communities around the world. buildanest.com
Wrapped in reusable boxes embellished with sustainably crafted Nepali Lokta-plant paper, AVEDA’S HOLIDAY GIFT SETS do more than make you look beautiful -- the partnership has helped dramatically increase the average household income in the Nepali communities of Malika and Dolakha. Plus, the once-threatened forests of this region are now protected as Forest Stewardship Council certified. aveda.com
Need a gift for an animal lover? Log on to THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE’S GIFT OF LIFE and make a donation on someone’s behalf that goes to providing urgent care to seals, bear cubs, dogs, and cats. Donations from $15, ifaw.org/gifts
Beautiful and eco-friendly, the ALTRU HOME FRAGRANCE COLLECTION includes soy candles, aromatic incense, and interior fragrance oils, all in exotically stylish packaging. Best of all, 20 percent of all proceeds is donated to In A Perfect World -- a group that works with community-based organizations to empower children to become socially conscious and responsible leaders. $48 per candle, altrubygamillah.com