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PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide: Gifts That Give More, Part II (Last Minute Edition)

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Doctors Without Borders Holiday Tribute E-Cards are one of many gifts that give more. Photo courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders Holiday Tribute E-Cards are one of many gifts that give more. Photo courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
Another collection of holiday gift ideas that give more...and many of these are perfect for those of you who like to save it last minute...and perhaps not even leave the house! Check out PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide Part I for more...

Inner City Arts
Support LA's own Inner City Arts School "an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles".

Fed Up With Hunger
Another cause that is close to home...For $7, you can provide one of the one million hungry Angelenos with food for one day. For $196, you can feed a family of 4 for a week. Check out their Blueprint to End Hunger (pdf) and extensive list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. "We’re in the midst of a drought. Jobs are evaporating. Savings are drying up. Homes are dematerializing. And 1,000,000 Angelenos face hunger every day. They’re your neighbors and your friends. Grandmas, nephews, and cousins. And they need you."

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Pasadena's Ten Thousand Villages
The Ten Thousand Villages store in Pasadena is perfect place to find gifts from all over the world; Kenya to Vietnam and Bolivia to the West Bank. All products are handcrafted by local artisans from 38 different countries. Besides being a unique gift for the recipient, purchases from Ten Thousand Villages also mean a "gift of vital, fair income to the artisan who crafted the product".

LA's own Chrysalis goes beyond feeding homeless and disadvantaged individuals and provides them with the education and skills necessary needed to obtain and job and become self-sufficient. Chrysalis has partnerships and relationships with local businesses to help provide these individuals with job interviews and opportunities.

Global Giving Gift Cards
Allow the recipient to select from hundreds of projects and support the causes they care most about. Examples include donating $40 to Seva Mandir, an Indian organization and sending a child to school for a year. Or donating $150 in order to provide 10 Afghani women with supply kits after graduating from a traditional birth attendant program.

Jewish World Watch's Solar Cooker ProjectLAist interviewed project creator, Rachel Andres, last year. The Solar Cookers are mitigating the risk faced by women and girls in refugee camps in Darfur. By eliminating the need for to leave their camps to obtain water for cooking, women can avoid situations ripe for rape and abuse.

Doctors Without Borders Holiday E-Cards
Doctor's Without Borders provides medical services to those in need in over 60 countries. Their special holiday e-cards are a quick, easy and effective way to help those in need at all different price levels. A gift of $10 can vaccinate 10 people against an outbreak of meningitis; $50 can treat 50 adults or 100 children under the age of 5 suffering from malaria and $100 can purchase seven rapid meningitis tests to help MSF teams detect early warnings of an epidemic outbreak.

Sustainable Travel International
Purchase gift cards to support sustainable tourism and over 850 philanthropic projects.

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