At Philly Give & Get, we’re firm believers in a few things:

  • There are tons of amazing nonprofits in Philadelphia doing amazing things to help kids learn, grow, & create
  • Giving presents is great.
  • Getting presents is great.

What better way to indulge in the holiday festivities of December than to give gifts to your friends and loved ones while also giving back to some great Philly nonprofits AT THE SAME TIME?

[Mind. Blown.]

There are tons of fabulous gifts to purchase this holiday season where the proceeds are donated back to a great nonprofit doing great work. Two birds, one philanthropic stone.


With that in mind, we’ve rounded up this list of “Gifts That Give Back to Philly Kids.” Buy them, gift them (or keep them for yourself, judgement-free zone here), and give some kids a brighter future this holiday season:

Sideways Stories from Wayside School T-Shirt

Arden Theatre Company

$15 each or 2 for $25 (children sizes only) – call the Box Office at 215-922-1122 or visit our Box Office at 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Get this cute and cozy t-shirt of the Arden’s holiday Children’s Theatre show: Sideways Stories from Wayside School and proceeds benefit Arden Theatre Company’s mission to bring to life great stories by great storytellers-on stage, in the classroom and in the community. Kids are celebrated at the Arden. We nurture curiosity, creativity and confidence through our educational programming. We foster connections between theatre and reading and promote literacy for our young audiences. We reach thousands of students each year, introducing many of our region’s kids to theatre for the first time.

All Join Hands (BOOK)

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

$10 at

A provocative collaboration of poetry from community members of all ages from our yearlong anti-violence mural project, All Join Hands: Visions of Peace.

Girl Develop It Programming Class

Girl Develop It Philly

$25 to $90 on Meetup or email

Girl Develop It is an international organization, certified by the Board of Education, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.

Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications. By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help women improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.

2013 book cover

Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2013

Healthy NewsWorks

$20 at (click on “Buy or Donate a Book” in the BOOKS dropdown)

The “Leading Healthy Change” books address the health, literacy, and educational needs of our school communities. The books are written and illustrated by student journalists, and feature profiles of leaders in the Philadelphia region who have something important to say about health and about giving back to the community. The book is an inspiration for children to lead healthier lives and is a vehicle for our student authors to have a voice in creating healthier communities and to directly improve the health and well-being of children.

PSG Pin Up Calendar

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

$20 at

What makes this work special is that rather than shooting rail thin models looking cute and helpless, we shot strong female artists working their art in their own work spaces. The images are at once modern, liberating and still have a vintage feel. Photos by J. Kyle Keener.

Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a community based workshop space for artists that has a wood shop, metal shop, mold making and casting area, small foundry, classroom and gallery. It operates like a gym membership in that you pay a monthly membership fee for access to the equipment. PSG offers classes in a variety of processes for every skill level, age, and interest.

Rock to the Future 2013-2014 Backstage Pass

Rock to the Future

$60 available via PayPal at or by check mailed Attn: Katie Feeney, PO Box 29324, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Be a Rockstar – Support Rock to the Future and receive your ROCK TO THE FUTURE BACKSTAGE PASS for the 2013-2014 program year! This is the perfect gift for the musician or music lover in your life. Your gift of $60 will help Rock to the Future provide individualized musical instruction and homework help to underserved Philly kids.

To show our appreciation, RTTF Backstage Pass holders are eligible for exclusive perks and benefits that include: Free entry to any 1 RTTF-sponsored event or concert of your choice during the 2013-2014 program year; A free limited-edition RTTF t shirt or tank; Discounted Gala tickets; VIP treatment at all RTTF events (think free food and drink in the front row) and invites to exclusive parties only for VIP supporters.

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse Family Membership

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

$50 at

Smith has offered family friendly fun for over a century on their 6.5 acre Playground (with the famous 40 foot long Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide!) and inside their 16,000 square foot Playhouse. Family Members receive free access to select kids’ events (including Healthy Halloween; Winter Wonderland; and Play-A-Palooza, the seasonal grand opening party), a free tote bag, and 5% off birthday party rentals. Members also receive 10% Soccer Shots sessions and 10% off Mugshots catering.


Urban Blazers

$16 at

Soft, comfortable t-shirt available in men’s and women’s sizes and a variety of colors with “ADVENTUROUS” or “UNSTOPPABLE” printed on the front and the Urban Blazers logo on the sleeve. Proceeds benefit Urban Blazers. Annually serving more than 1,100 young people from Philadelphia’s most under-resourced communities, UB’s programs consist of experiential education and are typically delivered through outdoor activities that serve as hands on learning environments. The goals of our programs include relationship development and mentoring, leadership and healthy team dynamics, and science and conservation education.

PS: We’re updating this blog as we learn of more amazing gifts! Got one for us? Email us at lansie[at]phillygiveandget[dot] org to be included!

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