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Give Back Gift Guide

Get inspired this holiday shopping season with our guide for giving gifts that make a difference. When you purchase any one of these items, you’ll feel good knowing you’re not only putting a smile on your loved one’s face, but also making a positive impact on our community. Take a look and pay it forward!

Wrap-able Gifts

The Maryland Zoo's Adopt an Animal Program: Penguin Art Adoption
Available for purchase online Nov. 8 – Dec. 25
$100

This cuddly package includes a penguin plush, special limited edition print of penguin footprints from one of the Maryland Zoo's endangered African penguins, penguin photo, penguin fact sheet, an official adoption certificate and two tickets to the zoo. Proceeds help support the zoo's penguin colony.


The Maryland Zoo’s Adopt an Animal Program: Holiday Cheer Adoption
Available for purchase online Nov. 8 – Dec. 25
$25

A completely charitable gift, this animal adoption can be purchased in honor of a loved one. Proceeds support the Maryland Zoo, and the package which includes an official adoption certificate, an animal plush and an animal fact sheet is gifted to a child at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.


Maryland SPCA 2017 Pet Calendar
Available for purchase online
$18

This full-color wall calendar features close to 200 photos of dogs and cats submitted by their beloved humans. All proceeds support the pets at the Maryland SPCA.


The National Aquarium’s Aquadopt Program
Available for purchase online
$40-$500

Adopt a dolphin, puffin or shark at the National Aquarium as a gift to help offset the high costs of veterinary care and food. The purchase helps the aquarium continue its mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. Package pricing depends on the donation amount and can include an adoption certificate, photo, plush animal, water bottle or aquarium tickets.


Write Notepads & Co. Notebook Donation Program
Write Journals ($16), Write Reporter’s Pads ($12), Write Pocket Ledger ($9)
Available for purchase in stores at Trohv, Su Casa, Brightside Boutique and the B&O Railroad Museum Gift Shop, and online

For each notebook sold, Write Notepads & Co. donates a notebook to designated Baltimore City schools. Inside each of these notebooks is a five-digit code that (through a portal on Write Notepads & Co.’s website) allows the purchaser to see which school benefits from the donation. The program recently expanded to also benefit after-school and adult education programs.


Ember Arts Jewelry
Available for purchase at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum store and online
$14-24

Ember Arts jewelry supports a women's co-op in Uganda that creates fair trade jewelry from recycled paper. These Ugandan women have survived civil war, injustice, poverty and despair. Now, through their partnership with Ember Arts, they are pursuing bright futures. The Lewis Museum store carries nearly the entire line of products.


Baltimore Outreach Services “BOS Cooks” Cookbook
Available for purchase online
$24.95

BOS Cooks is a curated cookbook of delicious recipes, original artwork and stories about Baltimore Outreach Services and its mission to move women to work, housing and independence. All proceeds from BOS Cooks will directly benefit homeless women and children.


The Ladies of Hampden Calendar
Available for purchase in-store at Trohv and Atomic Books, and online
$20

These quirky calendars highlight the diverse and powerful women business owners of the Hampden community. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefits the Hampden Family Center, a vital part of the Hampden neighborhood that provides programs and support services for all who live, learn and work in the community.


Mouth Party Caramels
Available for purchase in-store at Ma Petite Shoe and online
$15.99-17.99

Made in Hampden/Jones Falls Valley and available in six varieties, Mouth Party caramels make a delicious gift. Mouth Party donates 10 percent of its profits to a variety of cancer research organizations and support services including the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, HopeWell Cancer Support, the American Cancer Society Center, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Benevolent Baskets
Available for purchase online
$10-59

Benevolent Baskets offers an assortment of gift baskets, each with a handmade item from women participating in the organization’s recovery programs in conjunction with My Sister’s Place Women’s Center of Baltimore. Purchasing a basket supports their efforts to teach life and job skills to local women.


Max’s Waxhouse Candles
Available for purchase in-store at Max’s Taphouse and various retail locations, and online
$15

All of these beer-scented wax candles are crafted in a repurposed beer bottle from Max's Taphouse in Fell’s Point. Proceeds from the candles support Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation, which provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.


Experiential Gifts

The Gift of Music with the BSO
Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
When: December 9-11

For every ticket purchased to the “Swingin’ Nutcracker” using the code "GIVEBACK," the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with the help of House of Ruth, will offer another ticket to a Baltimore city resident.
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SkateFest Benefiting Special Olympics Maryland
Where: PANDORA Ice Rink
When: January 5, 6-8 p.m.

A minimum $5 donation provides one admission and skate rental to the PANDORA Ice Rink with all proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Maryland. The special charity event makes the perfect family or date night and will feature festive music, refreshments and entertainment.
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Baltimore National Heritage Area’s History Is a Drag Gala
Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
When: April 20, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

Part carnival, part masquerade and très Baltimore, the History Is a Drag Gala will donate all proceeds directly to the Baltimore National Heritage Area's Heritage Investment Grant program. Enjoy the evening knowing that money is being raised for grants that fund programming and improvement projects for Baltimore’s historic attractions, small museums, and community and arts organizations.
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"A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas: A Reading by Donald Hicken
Where: Germano’s Piattini, 300 S. High Street
When: December 15, 6 p.m.

Get into the Christmas spirit early by gifting family or friends tickets to this narrated Christmas classic followed by audience sing-alongs with the Baltimore School for the Arts. The $15 cover is a tax-deductible donation to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
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Labs@LightCity Luminary Program
Where: IMET Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt Street
When: April 3-8, 2017

Labs@LightCity offers the opportunity for ticket purchasers to make a contribution to their luminary community ticketing program by donating a portion of a ticket or an entire ticket for community members who wish to attend but cannot afford the price of a ticket.
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