One for Me, One for You: 4 Standout Gifts That Give Back
No cords, no bulbs, no electricity—all the Sunnan Lamp needs to shine is a sunny spot where it can recharge its batteries. Part of a collaboration between UNICEF and Swedish home-furnishing behemoth Ikea, the eco-friendly Sunnan comes in a literal rainbow of colors, and for every lamp purchased, another is donated to a child living without electricity in the developing world. Since the $20 Sunnan hit stores in June, more than half a million of them have reached kids in South Asia.
Sunnam Lamp, $20; Ikea.com
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Yves Béhar has a kindred spirit in Warby Parker, which offers 27 models of chic, vintage-style glasses online for just $95 each, prescription included. For every pair sold, the company donates another to someone in need via organizations such as RestoringVision.org
and Doris Buffett's Sunshine Lady Foundation. "A pair of glasses can radically transform someone's life,"
says cofounder Neil Blumenthal. "Can you imagine a farmer who can't separate seeds to plant? Or a tailor who can't thread a needle?"
Warby Parker eyeglasses, $95; WarbyParker.com
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BICYCLES BUILT FOR TWO
With its wide, comfy seat and lightweight aluminum frame, the Kona Africabike ($449) is sleek, superpractical, and feels at home on a city avenue or a bumpy dirt road in sub-Saharan Africa, where Kona donates one bicycle for every two it sells. The free wheels go to home-healthcare aides, who can reach far more patients per day by bike than they would traveling on foot. The bike features a dropped bar (perfect for skirt-wearers) and a sturdy rear rack strong enough to carry a small child or a bag of medical supplies.
Kona AfricaBike, $449; KonaWorld.com
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If Matt Damon has a water bottle to sell us, we're buying. The flasks in question are from Water.org (the nonprofit Damon cofounded with social entrepreneur Gary White). They come in BPA-free plastic ($19) and stainless steel ($25) models, and 100 percent of profits go toward providing clean H2
0 to some of the one billion people around the world who lack access to safe water and proper sanitation. Up next: A series of bottles designed by famous artists.
CamelBak water bottle, $19 to $25; Gift.Water.org
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