Gifts That Keep On Giving

 |  April 1, 2015

1. Art Relief International

ARI offers Chiang Mai’s struggling social groups the opportunity to create as a form of expression and therapy.  Browse a variety of prints and paintings by participants, featured in their online Art Shop. Every piece is unique and the proceeds change lives.

2. Healing Family Foundation

With a lovely studio near Wat Gate, this nonprofit seeks to provide skills and livelihoods to local people with disabilities. Visit the studio to learn how to weave with a traditional handloom, or browse a selection of handmade goods, from t-shirts to handbags to placemats, perfect for gifts.

3. Care For Dogs 

Adopting a pet should never be taken lightly, but if your family is ready, this is the perfect place to start. A rescue centre for Chiang Mai’s many strays, CFD helps get dogs off the street and provides vaccinations and food. If you’re not ready to commit, why not give someone special a day of free fun hanging out with the dogs at their shelter in Hang Dong?

4. Documentary Arts Asia

Chiang Mai’s only non-profit theatre and gallery showcases and supports Asian documentary artists. Buy a year’s membership or tickets to an upcoming workshop for the burgeoning filmmaker in your life. All proceeds go towards helping to promote the artists by maintaining the theatre.

5. Daughters Rising

Fashion meets compassion at this local non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering women at risk of sex trafficking through training programmes and scholarships. Their Rise Up shop offers a wide selection of uber-stylish colourful jewellery and bags that are all vegan, fair trade and handmade.

6. Baan Kingkaew 

Forty years ago, a group of local women from Chiang Mai volunteered to look after Suan Dok hospital’s orphaned children. Today, they provide a home for 50 children, along with healthcare, education, safety and love. Their site offers a variety of sponsored gifts you can give in the name of your own loved one, from dessert for a day to diapers for a week.

7. Child’s Dream

This non-profit organisation provides unconditional assistance and education to underprivileged children around the region. Their shop offers a number of unique gifts, from teddy bears to cookbooks to flip flops, all with their own small stories and meanings.