If you’re looking for the perfect gift, why not a product with a purpose? These items are all cool in-and-of themselves to begin with—but a portion of each one sold benefits a cause. Double good.
Goodies from The Store at Mesa Arts Center
This artists cooperative gallery at Mesa Arts Center sells items that are handmade by Arizona artists. Each purchase not only supports an artist as an Arizona small business, but for every purchase made at The Store, 20 percent of the proceeds benefits Mesa Arts Center’s Engagement programs, which brings arts experiences to tens of thousands of students in the Valley each year. Find one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, scarves, photography and more. 1 E. Main St., Mesa
Models Mutts Meow Calendar
Made of entirely donated resources, from the photography to the printing, the third annual Models Mutts Meow calendar features gorgeous models—both of the two-legged and four-legged variety. The animals featured are all Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA shelter animals looking for their fur-ever homes, and all proceeds from calendar sales helps provide care, food, shelter and medical treatment to homeless animals. $15. Available for order online.
Choose from dark roast, espresso roast, signature roast and organic Guatemalan roast whole or ground bean options ($10-$11) offered through this initiative from Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale benefits adults with autism. Also available: coffee mugs, water bottles, bracelets, tank tops and monthly coffee subscriptions. Order online or visit one of the local café or retail partner locations.
Purchase a grass-woven basket, handmade in Uganda ($26), from Feed My Starving Children and 58 meals will be provided to those in need around the world. A wide selection of other items is also available. Feed My Starving Children Marketplace, 1345 S. Alma School Road, Mesa
The Stache Wax from Wet Shaving Products, created by a man who lives in the Valley, is made using the finest all-natural, vegan ingredients. It conditions as it holds, and is full of incredible oils so the ’stache feels as great as it looks. This month, in honor of No Shave November, 20 percent of the sales of this product is donated to the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation. $9.99. 6505 W. Frye Road, Chandler
The 8x6-inch pet angel ($38.95) from OMG Pet Art depicts a dog with wings and a cutout heart. Created by a local group of artists, a portion of the sales of every angel is donated to Arizona Poodle Rescue. Purchase online.