Gifts that keep giving

A selection of present ideas for those who care to share

The season of greeting and giving is upon us once again. So what better to do than add to the atmosphere of festivity with gifts for your loved ones?

Here are some present ideas to make the holiday celebrations that little bit more special. And with the purchase of these gifts, you get to help underprivileged children, young mothers, war veterans, stray pets and the environment.

Good books

Baramee Dee Thee Ton Project has launched a collection of books and audiobooks entitled Nithan Chadok Sip Lem Sip Baramee (Ten Books Of The Buddha's Past Lives And His Ten Virtues), aimed at teaching young people about the virtues of Lord Buddha, such as tenacity, temperance and mercy, through the medium of entertaining stories.

The intriguing collection also features illustrations by well-known artists M.L. Jirathorn "Kru Toh" Jiraprawat, Somnuek and "Kru Parn" Klangnok. The audio version features celebrity voices, including Nadech Kugimiya, Urassaya "Yaya" Sperbund Jirayu and Athiwara "Toon" Khongmalai.

The collection is available in 10 hard cover books or on USB and costs 5,000 baht. You can purchase the books for yourself or donate the collection to one of 1,200 schools which participate in the project Lao An Fang Nithan Chadok (Tell, Read, Listen To Stories Of The Buddha's Past Lives).

Visit www.facebook.com/pg/Baramidee or contact Line @baramidee.

Mothers in need

Wildflower Home is a shelter for pregnant young women or mothers with young children who are victims of domestic violence and/or poverty. The foundation produces a wonderful range of handmade products. This year, their collection includes handblown glass necklace sets (350 baht), jade bracelets (350 baht) and crocheted crystal bracelets (600-1,000 baht). Handbags made using local fabric would also make a beautiful gift. There are also woven gift bags (180 baht), small cloth purses (180 baht) and square cross stitched bags with buttons (600 baht).

Proceeds from the Wildflower Home shop go towards providing the women with a safe shelter, education and healthcare.

Visit wildflowerhomeshop.com.

Helping children

 

Support needy children through the Foundation For Children (FFC), which provides scholarship, food and other kinds of help for children who are victims of abuse or neglect. You can do this by purchasing books from the foundation's publishing house FFC Books or items such as scrapbooks (12 baht) and year planners (60 baht). Some of the bestselling children's books available through FFC Books are Why Are Elephants Afraid Of Mice? (85 baht), Shoes Of Love (85 baht) and Hua Haew Family (140 baht). Books for adults about children such as Why Do Kids Do That? (380 baht) and Child Psychology (200 baht) are also available.

Visit ffcbook.com and shareforchild.com.

Medical support

Thirteen leading Thai designers, in collaboration with Ramathibodi Hospital, have launched the Power of Giving project, which features a range of women's and unisex clothing. Goods for women include T-shirts, scarves and bags by Disaya, Janesuda, Kloset, Vatanika and more. Unisex items include sweaters and canvas bags by Greyhound Original, Issue, Painkiller and Smileyhound.

Prices start from 250 baht for T-shirts, 350 baht for clutch bags, 499 baht for sweaters and scarves and 999 baht for canvas bag sets. Proceeds go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute in Samut Prakan.

Visit ramafoundation.or.th.

Wildlife protection

Seub Nakhasathien Foundation has guarded, preserved and developed forests and their wildlife in Thailand for 28 years. To help protect wildlife habitats and Thailand's natural resources, you can purchase a Save The Black Leopard black canvas bag (350 baht), a waterproof backpack (1,490 baht) or a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle (1,500 baht).

Visit seub.or.th/gift or contact Line @SEUBFD or call 061-009-6690.

Not just for Christmas

Home For Animals looks after sick, homeless and/or handicap puppies and kittens. Proceeds from their goods -- T-shirts (220-270 baht), bags (89 baht), toys (219-339 baht) and liquid balm (20 baht) -- go towards medical treatment and food for the animals. For anyone looking for a pet as a present, Home For Animals has many dogs and cats who are waiting for adoption.

Visit home4animals.org.

Veterans remembered

Merchandise made by war veterans is available from the War Veterans Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King. There is a wide variety of items, including snacks, herbal products, handwoven products and decorative products, all available at reasonable prices. Herbal products include soap (39-199 baht), shampoo (75-100 baht) and conditioner (60 baht). For those interested in hand-woven products, there is Korat silk (350 baht), loincloth (250 baht) and indigo dyed clothing (350 baht). Decorative products include vases (750 baht), tablecloths (350-2,000 baht) and carpets (170 baht-300 baht).

The War Veterans Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King has three stores featuring products made by war veterans. The branches are located at the War Veterans Organization of Thailand, Veteran General Hospital and City Pillar.

Visit thaiveterans.mod.go.th.

Kids' foundation

The Children's Hospital Foundation was set up to help disadvantaged and abandoned children by providing them with access to medical assistance as well as providing scholarships to medical staff. If you wish to support this cause, you can purchase gifts such as T-shirts (280 baht), handbags (280 baht), small zipper bags (120 baht), rocking dolls (99 baht) and floral print scarves designed by Assoc Prof Piyanan Prasarnratchakij (1,000–3,500 baht).

Visit childrenhospital.go.th.

For coffee lovers

Best-selling items from Doi Tung Development Project include Arabica coffee (from 150 baht), macadamia nuts (from 85 baht) and handwoven items (from 1,890 baht). Food hampers are also available (from 1,090 baht). The project, operated under the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, was founded in 1968 in order to end opium cultivation by hill tribes and transform the poor communities of ethnic minorities through sufficiency society policy.

Visit doitung.com.

Royal project

Phufa Shop, run by the Child and Youth in Remote Areas Development Fund, distributes products from the Occupational Incentive Project initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Currently, its online store (available only in English) offers discounts on T-shirts (170 baht), canvas tote bags (270 baht), caps (180 baht) and plastic water bottles(170 baht).

Folk products such as handwoven blankets (270 baht), hand towels (120 baht) and loincloths (190 baht) are also available.

Visit phufa.org.