Generate non-GMO goodwill with gifts that keep on giving.

We published our first “… non-GMO gifts that keep on giving …” blog last year.  The response was so positive that we decided to update it for 2016.  For more gift ideas, revisit our 2015 list here.  

In a world where the profound differences between those who “have” and those who “have less” have grown increasingly more visible, the joy of holiday gift giving offers a singular opportunity to make the spirit of the season even more meaningful.

Many of the brands who support the Non-GMO Project through Verification of their products also support causes that reach far beyond their immediate circles of commerce. With generosity of heart, hope and human kindness they have chosen to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of others.  Putting their money where their mouth is, these partners strive to level the social playing field with equal opportunity for everyone, through education, enrichment and empowerment.

For a truly memorable holiday, consider giving a gift that keeps on giving, long after the wrappings have been discarded. Not only will every dollar you spend with these companies help to safeguard a non-GMO future, but it will do so in the most inspiring way possible and pay it forward for years to come.  We’ve compiled a baker’s dozen of our favorite Non-GMO Project Verified gifts-within-gifts below.

Coffee lovers will appreciate a gift of one or more of Allegro’s limited-edition seasonal offerings.  With roots going back to 1975, Allegro offers superior coffee, sourced from Fair Trade growers and crafted in traditional artisanal methods.  Allegro’s Origins Direct Program provides $10,000 donations to small conscientious farms and co-ops to support community-based projects in education, health care, agricultural programs and farm development.

You can never have enough chocolate and these exquisite non-GMO selections are the epitome of luxury. With healthy options that are vegan, low-glycemic, dairy and gluten free and allergy and diabetic friendly, there is something for everyone.  They are beautifully presented in elegant gift boxes making them perfect for holiday hostess gifts.  In addition, Amore di Mona supports the U.S. Humane Society, the American Heart Association and both collegiate and Olympic athletes.

Even furry, four-legged friends deserve to eat clean.  ORGANIX canned food recipes offer great-tasting, organic, grain-free and Verified meals your dogs and cats will love.  Steadfast in their allegiance to producing healthy pet food and recognizing the urgent need to feed rescue and foster pets, Castor & Pollux created the PetWorks Partners program.  To date, they’ve donated over 6 million pet meals and helped thousands of pets find forever homes.

We realize we might be stretching the “gift” concept on this one, but hey, how about a festive holiday brunch of French toast made with one of the “best breads in the universe”?  Packed with protein, fiber and whole grains, Dave’s breads are anything but “killer” and taste amazing to boot.  But it’s the dedication to giving back, that makes Dave’s so special. Awarding multiple annual grants to at-risk youth programs and donating more than 30,000 loaves of bread to local shelters each year are just a few of the many ways this company commits to lasting change.  Even more moving, Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation (DKB) was created to power Second Chance employment and reduce the negative impact of mass incarceration.

Specially priced for holiday gift-giving, Dr. Bronner’s organic lip balms, cleansing bars and liquid soaps are the perfect tiny treats to tuck into stockings or gift as party favors.  Committed to ethically sourcing their raw materials from certified Fair Trade growers around the world, you can select from exotic scents like orange-ginger, eucalyptus and tea tree.  Dedicating almost all profit, over what is essential for growing the company, Dr. Bronner’s supports positive development projects that improve people’s lives, including the largest land gift ever, of 1,000 acres to their local San Diego Boys and Girls Club.

A veritable gardener’s delight, High Mowing offers 298 varieties of organic vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed.  Consider gifting your home grower with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share in their Community Supported Seeds program.  This unique opportunity to invest in a sustainable non-GMO food supply, helps High Mowing keep pace with ever-increasing costs of expanding the collection and maintaining critical quality standards.  In return, save 10% on the purchase cost of your seeds: the best of both worlds – a give and a get!

A distinctive gift for the home chef, the Himalayan Salt Cooking Plate is a multi-purpose kitchen tool suitable as a cooking plank or a cutting board. Containing 84 natural minerals essential to the human body, it is naturally antibacterial, satisfies mineral deficiencies and imparts appetizing flavor.  Himalayan Chef earmarks a portion of their profits through the WBM International Foundation to protect the environment through education and compliance with ISO regulations and affidavits.

With 67 Verified luxury bath and body care products to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday gift for the special someone in your life, including baby.  Hugo’s products are made from sustainable, food-grade ingredients that are naturally pure and never tested on animals.    In support of the Leaping Bunny Program which promotes cruelty-free testing, Hugo Naturals will donate 10% of profits made on website sales.

Made with 100% raw ingredients and no added sweeteners, preservatives or artificial additives, these tiny, tasty and wholesome snack treats are perfect to fill up the toe of a Christmas stocking.  Purchasing one of their 100% recycled cotton shopping totes will feed a malnourished child for an entire week.

For stocking stuffers that make a difference, consider mood-enhancing aromatherapy with roll-on essential oils designed to restore, revive or relax. Made in Britain and beautifully packaged in singles or sets, the Remedies to Roll collection is like a spa-day in your pocket, enhancing temperament, energy and well-being. Among a roster of health and eco-based causes, Neal’s Yard Remedies’ pioneering Bee Lovely campaign has provided financial support for bee-friendly causes since 2011.

What host or hostess wouldn’t welcome a six-pack of great-tasting beer?  Especially if that beer was made with local, artisan and organic ingredients.  Advocating that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor for sustainability, Peak Organic is committed to sourcing their ingredients from their community of small local growers and farmers and is proud to have created the first “Fair Trade” certified beer ever brewed in the United States.

Decadent, delicious and indulgent, Theo Chocolate offers seasonal gift sets of organically grown and minimally processed chocolate. A special holiday collection contains enough chocolate bars to fill four different stockings and their Drinking Chocolate elevates hot cocoa to a new level.  Staying true to their “bean to bar” mission, every step of their small batch production is guided by deliberate and passionate stewardship. Since 2010, Theo has partnered with Eastern Congo Initiative and trained 4,536 Congolese farmers to grow high-quality organic, Fair Trade cocoa, transforming the lives of more than 150,000 people.

The tea devotees in your life will appreciate a selection from Yogi Teas’ roster of more than 60 fragrant and purposeful herbal blends.  Creating specialized formulas for more than 30 years, their spiced teas are full of complex aromatic flavors and inherent health benefits. Their partnerships support commitments on local, national and global levels including local food banks, Americares, the Kumari Project and Doctors Without Borders.   

The Non-GMO Project thanks you for purchasing products from these companies that remind all of us of the power of giving. As you consider your year-end giving, please consider the Non-GMO Project and our mission to preserve and build the non-GMO food supply, educate consumers and provide Verified non-GMO choices. You can give here and have the option to donate on behalf of someone else.

From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we hope you have a very happy holiday season!

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