Some suggestions for holiday giving that helps the planet and its neediest inhabitants
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Everyone loves the two-birds-with-one-stone approach to gift giving: a piece of furniture that covers both Mom and Dad, a pair of event tickets for your SO that means you get to go too, or the ever-popular this-item-is-so-big-it-covers-Christmas-and-your-birthday gift.
But in most cases, this gift-that-keeps-giving approach only benefits you and the giftee. How about letting one of the worthy organizations below in on some of the action? These gifts for good causes will benefit your loved ones and the planet, giving you the gift of a good conscience.
For everything from sleek kitchenware to funky, rainbow-themed holiday ornaments, this HIV/AIDS service provider has it covered with its "A Home for the Holidays" holiday store and event center, through Dec. 31.
2278 Market, SF. www.underoneroof.org 
Pirate gear from this Mission District store helps support mentorship programs in writing skills.
826 Valencia, SF. (415) 642-5905, www.826valencia.org 
Books, art, toys, and games from the Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore and Café (Presidio Bldg. 983, SF; 415-561-3040), the Crissy Field Bookstore (603 Mason, SF; 415-561-7761), Alcatraz Island Bookstores (415-561-4922), and the Muir Woods Visitor Center (415-388-7368) all benefit the conservancy.
When you choose the ceramic masks, tiles, handmade pillows, note cards, or other wares at the Creativity Explored Holiday Art Sale going on through Dec. 28, 50 percent of the proceeds go directly to the artist, while the rest helps maintain this nonprofit visual arts center for artists with developmental disabilities.
3245 16th St., SF. (415) 863-2108
Buying ArcAngel holiday cards will benefit Arc of San Francisco, which serves, supports, and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities. Or get individual cards or 10-packs from San Rafael's Drawbridge, a program for homeless children. In both cases, the cards are designed by clients.
Shopping online doesn't disqualify you from do-gooding even if you want to shop at major retailers. Before buying that radio from Best Buy or that towel set from Target, check online malls that donate a portion of proceeds to organizations like the March of Dimes and the Nature Conservancy (at no extra cost to you).
You can also try the more direct approach at World of Good, a Berkeley organization that works with artisan cooperatives around the world to import high-quality goods, like fuzzy scarves from India and olive trays from Tanzania, while providing living wages, safe working conditions, and career stability to the artisans.
If you're a sending-flowers kind of gifter, try Organic Bouquets, the Marin florist that not only sells and delivers organic flowers, plants, and chocolates online, by phone, and at Whole Foods Markets nationwide but also dedicates a percentage of its profits to charities like the Red Cross and the National Wildlife Federation.
1-877-899-2468, www.organicbouquet.com 
The purpose of this organization is to effect positive social change through documentary photography. Support it by gifting one of its prints.
49 Geary, Suite 225, SF. (415) 391-6300, www.fiftycrows.org 
This Mission fair-trade shop's paper cutouts, party streamers, clothing, and Day of the Dead items are gorgeous and proceeds support indigenous artisans from Chiapas and central Mexico.
3331 24th St., SF. 1-888-722-4264, www.casabonampak.com