Saturday, December 1, 2007

Alternative Gift Giving This Season

This season you can "Think Globally, Act Locally" AND Act Globally by focusing some of your gift-giving towards helping people around the world gain access to clean water, sustainable farming practices, and other services. Listed here are some alternative, non-material, gift-giving options:

There are a number of organizations that offer gifts of service and support to people in need around the world. Two organizations that make this type of giving easy are Oxfam International and the Seva Foundation. Both organizations will send a card to your gift recipient telling them what service or support you have purchased in their name.

Oxfam Unwrapped is a program of Oxfam International administered by each country’s chapter. Oxfam Unwrapped offers gifts to help people in need around the world in the form of safe drinking water, training and support for women, livestock & farming, fair-trade and micro-business support, and more. The U.S. website is: where you can conveniently order online.

The Seva Foundation was founded by a group of World Organization doctors in 1978. Seva means service in Sanskrit. The foundation works in 10 countries, particularly helping women and children have access to clean water and health care. Like Oxfam, Seva offers easy online ordering at

With wishes for peace, happiness and Happy Holidays.

Awesome Gear

Osprey Back Packs

Osprey makes a full line of backpacks. Each style comes in 2-3 different sizes based on torso length and gender, so these packs are especially comfortable for women since you can buy one that actually fits your body!

Trying out a range of backpack brands, Osprey was the only one that made me "ooh and aah" when I put it on - not the usual response for a backpack. It felt like it was custom built for my body.

Osprey's brand new line of day-packs, the Resource Series, are constructed using fabric made from recycled PET bottles from all those water and soda bottles that get tossed. The fabric produced is durable, lightweight and feels just like the nylon used in Osprey's other packs.

Check out all the different Osprey packs at:

You can purchase Osprey's Recycled ReSource Day-Packs and the Women's Aura 35 Backpack at the Traveling Naturally website - - under the Great Gear section.