Hope SoapHope Soap

For those who love to be pampered

Hope Soap is made from 100% coconut oil. Based in Salt River, Cape Town, this outfit employs unemployed local women (including the homeless) to make the soap, and trains them in other skills too, including basic business functions such as budgeting and good work practices. All profits are ploughed back into the company. 
Visit them on Facebookor email them at hopesoap@jubilee.org.za. They deliver throughout South Africa.

For those who love animals

- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has a range of animals up for "adoption", from elephants and rhinos to whales and eagles. Send a friend an adoption gift card and let them choose which animal to use it on. (Prices in dollars.) 
- You also can "adopt" a rhino through SANParks - request your certificate in the name of thegiftrecipient. 
- "Adopt" an animal at the South African Zoological Garden sand get free entrance tickets to the zoo, a certificate and other perksdepending on how much you want to spend. 
- "Adopt" a donkeyfor a year at the McGregor Donkey Sanctuary.

For those who love reading

- For every bookyou buy from Book Dash, free books go to underprivileged children. 
- All proceeds from the short-story anthology Stray go towards TEARS Animal Rescue. Order yours for R200 here.

For those who love gardening

Dedicate an olive tree in the Goedgedacht Olive Peace Grove in the Swartland to a family member or friend. The fruit from your tree will be processed and sold, and the income put towards the Path Out of Poverty programme. Olive tree and dedication plaque costs R450.

Relate BraceletsRelate Bracelets

For those who love trinkets

These beaded bracelets are handmade by the elderly, refugees and unemployed township youth who earn an income from this work while learning a transferable skill. Every "cause" bracelet comes with a connector bead that provides space for a logo, single-word message or event date, as well as a signature "R" bead of authenticity. Causes vary from breast-cancer awareness to the fight against paediatric Aids. R35 per bracelet, minimum order of 10.