A Note From Our President
The best gifts are often wild cards. They're not the kind of stuff of malls and big-box stores, but objects that are handmade, limited edition, one of a kind. They're books and music that resonate deeply, crafts that reconnect us to a common heritage. They're also (ideally) ecofriendly and ethically produced.
Although this is a tall order, we're proud to present here our annual giving guide, a one-stop shop for unique, socially conscious, crowd pleasing gifts. By supporting these advertisers, you also support independent, nonprofit Mother Jones year round.
I can't think of anything else more generous from our readers
President and CEO, Mother Jones
Founded in 1999, www.buyolympia.com is the original source for indie gift giving. Believing strongly in the power of artists, they featured handmade crafts, sweatshop- free shirts and socks, a curated list of books, bicycle-themed gifts, thoughtful calendars, recycled paper goods, beautiful journals, jewelry, limited-edition artisan prints, and a whole lot more. Over 300 artists, craftspersons and instigators..
The MIT Press is committed to the edges and frontiers of the world — to exploring new fields and new modes of inquiry. Publishing about 200 new books a year and over 30 journals, the press is a major publishing presence in fields as diverse as architecture, social theory, economics, cognitive science, and political science, and has a long-term commitment to creating books and journals that are challenging, creative, attractive, and yet affordable to individual readers
50 million Americans are hungry, and nearly one billion people are hungry worldwide. Founded in 1975 by the late musician and activist Harry Chapin & current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger doesn't just ask why, we find practical answers to the problems of hunger and poverty by connecting people to food and by supporting grassroots organizations inventing new ways to build self-reliance and community power. www.whyhunger.org
Man's Greatest Fear explores the human males' addiction to war, his destruction of the environment and his domination of woman. Man's (Homo sapiens) brain has not changed or evolved in over 45,000 years; his genetic purpose is to conquer and control his environment and kill whatever threatens him. Conversely, woman's purpose is to create and nourish life. Woman must control man, and make his greatest fear a reality, or else our species will become extinct.
It's Democracy! the fun game of influence peddling for the whole family. Pass laws that benefit your industry, and then use the profits to buy more votes. The first player to control the whole senate wins! Democracy! is a working simulation of the lobbying cycle, plus teaches negotiating skills. Comes with game board, PORK cards, and voting tokens. For two to six players, or team play. Ages 8 to adult. Visit sunshinegames.co to order.
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With Gifts That Give Back from Women for Women International, you can honor your loved ones and help women in war-torn countries rebuild their lives. Symbolic gift choices range from baby chicks to bakery kits. When your recipient receives a card describing your gift, you'll both know you helped a woman in need. Help Women for Women International change the lives of women survivors of war. Give Gifts That Give Back today. Wishing you a joyful holiday season!
This holiday season, bring joy to your loved ones and help save the environment at the same time. NRDC's Green Gifts Collection makes shopping easy for you and good for the planet. And with over 50 great gifts — starting at just $15 — you're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Help protect polar bear cubs, defend wolves or plant a rainforest tree in the name of someone special.