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Check Out These Handmade Gift Ideas From 15 NGOs To Give Your Loved Ones This Festive Season!

Posted: December 16, 2016
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Handmade gift ideas are the most sought after gifts for that special warmth. Here is a list of Non-profit organizations from where you can source them.

“Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat
If you don’t have a penny, a ha’penny will do
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you”

– quoted from wikipedia

I am sure most of you who grew up celebrating Christmas or were part of the festivities at school or at a friend’s place would relate to this famous rhyme. The main thought behind this rhyme is, while many of us are fortunate to spend considerably on celebrations, we should spare a thought and donate some for the needy.

Christmas & New Year are a season of giving, with exchange of gifts and spreading smiles. Why not do it with handmade gift ideas from non profit organisations? You would be gifting with social responsibility and simultaneously encouraging local talent. Also, it is in a way helping the needy too by buying their products rather than mere donation, proving their worth and restoring their pride. Let us look at some handmade gift ideas offered by NGOs.

If you are finding it difficult to find NGOs that offer gifting products or organisations that help local groups to showcase their talent, then your search ends here.

Happy Roots

Happy Roots works to combine rural development and food innovation and bring you hand crafted Food products. They source directly from small farmers and the products are handmade by rural women.

Follow Happy Roots

Foundation For Arts

An NGO with an all India character working for sustainable livelihood through art and craft. Their emphasis is on the artisans’ children’s education and women empowerment. You should check out their ceramic collection for sure!

Follow Foundation For Arts

Support Shop

At Support Shop they sell beautiful daily use products which are made by children with special needs & disability. Their product range has paper products, apparel, corporate gifts, festival gifts and crafts.

Follow Support Shop

Mahashakti Seva Kendra (MSK)

This NGO works towards the empowerment of local women from Bhopal. They sell products involving zardosi work and hand block printing with natural dyes, and intends to focus on Indian heritage.

Follow Mahashakti Seva Kendra

Lamakaan

This is a non profit open space for cultural programs and sale of arts, crafts, organic food etc. They promote local talent, and underprivileged and low income groups to showcase their talent and sell their products.

Follow Lamakaan

India Meets India

This is a space where different underprivileged groups in India come together to showcase their handmade gift ideas and sell them too. It also works to provide solutions to Corporate CSR initiative.

Follow India Meets India

ekgaon

ekgaon promotes bio-diversity and organic/natural farming and sources products directly from small farmers, most of them being women from local tribes. Their products mainly include organic pulses, herbs, spices and staples.

Follow ekgaon

Giskaa

Giskaa is a fusion of handmade traditional work from remote north eastern tribal artisans, with the due importance of modern life needs. They deal with many life style products made out of natural materials. They are not an NGO in nature completely, but they strive to build a sustainable, strong eco system of local talent in the challenging geography of north eastern states.

Follow Giskaa

Subha The New Dawn For Women

This venture actively provides entrepreneurial opportunities to underprivileged women, assists them and designs beautiful hand crafted products. Their handmade gift ideas include cushion covers and women’s clothing.

Follow Subha The New Dawn For Women

Arunim

This is a platform where all products are handmade by persons with disabilities. The products involve handmade gift ideas like stationery items, life style products and home decor.

Follow Arunim

Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalaya

The visionary behind this NGO is Mrs. Meera Badve, who is working for the last 13 years for the upliftment and overall development of the visually challenged. Chocolate Niwant is the chocolate making branch of this venture, and the students make, beautifully wrap and conduct sales of these chocolates.

Follow Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalaya

The Goodwill Shop

Here they truly believe in shopping for a cause. The Goodwill Shop partners and promotes different NGOs and social responsibility groups to bring the products to you through workshops, events and exhibitions. This makes sure that the amount you spend is worth it!

Follow The Goodwill Shop

Earth Heir

Earth Heir works towards reducing the exploitation of local artisans, which helps them to benefit directly from the sale proceeds. According to them, their vision is, ‘To celebrate craftsmanship and bridge the gaps between craft, art and fashion while preserving traditional skills and empowering artisans.’ Product range includes jewellery, clothing, accessories, home interiors etc.

Follow Earth Heir

Dastkar

Dastkar was founded in 1981 by a group of six women who have experience in the craft sector. Their mission is to help especially women to craft and sell their products directly and be able to provide a continuous income for them. They specialise in handmade gifts like garments, accessories, home furnishings, toys, decor, stationery and folk art.

Follow Dastkar

Delhi Crafts Council

Delhi Crafts Council is a non-profit organisation that specializes mainly in handloom sarees and ceramics. They also conduct craft sessions at various educational institutions.

Follow Delhi Crafts Council

Follow NGO products marketing Network Of India for more such handmade gift ideas from NGOs and other social support groups.

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