Autism Community Network shares some Valentine's Day gift giving ideas from organizations supporting individuals with autism and/or employing individuals with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities.

 

Valentine's Day is around the corner!  Don't be caught without a treat for your special sweetie.  Let us help you navigate the World Wide Web for some gifts we are passionate about.  Why are we so passionate about our choices?  Check out our curated list and we think you'll see why!

1) Nest Fragrances

Nest Fragrances has a line dedicated to benefiting Autism.  Their Blue Garden collection blends blue hydrangea and forget-me-nots.  With a hint of fresh green notes, this fragrance collection is perfect to welcome in the spring season.  10% of the retail price of the items in the Blue Garden Collection is directed to Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks has long supported Autism Community Network by partially funding our Family Empowerment Events!  The Blue Garden collection can be purchased here.  However, if you are in San Antonio, Corpus  Christi, Austin or Midland we would love for you to visit our friends at Julian Gold to make your purchase.  They are generous supporters of our agency through our Le Brunch des Chapeaux Annual fundraiser. 

2)  One Hope Wine

This Cabernet is described as "broody" and "full of baked blackberry and deep cassis aromas with loads of roasted coffee and cacao notes."  Rounding out this Cabernet are sage leaves and hints of paprika.  Enjoy this bottle with aged parmigiano-reggiano, baklava, filet mignon with coffee crust, rosemary duck breast and wild rice salad with currents and warm balsamic dressing!  Purchasing this Cabernet from One Hope Wine provides ABA Therapy to children with autism.  Every 10 cases sold funds ABA Therapy for 1 child with autism.  Thus far, One Hope Wine has provided 2,834 children with autism.  You can purchase this Cabernet here through  Cause Entrepreneur, Kellie Taylor, a dear friend of Autism Community Network.  

3) Beneficial Beans

We aren't too proud to let you know we are HUGE FANS of this organization and the work they do!  Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center's (SARRC) Beneficial Beans initiative has created training and employment opportunities for adults living with autism.  Visit their online store here to purchase anything from coffee, to water bottles, to coffee mugs, to tee-shirts, wooden benches, blanket ladders and much more.  

4) Candy Luxe Confections

The mission of Candy Luxe Confections is to provide employment for adults with autism and other disabilities, spreading SWEET LOVE to all they touch! The Donohue family created Candy Luxe Confections to offer their son and brother, Hunter, a safe, stable and productive future in a supportive work environment.  Hunter is an individual living with autism.  He is involved in the assembly of each box of sweet cargo and takes pride in a job well done.  You can purchase your confections and learn more about Hunter and his family here.

5) Roses for Autism

Located in Guilford, Connecticut, Roses for Autism grows and sells fresh cut roses, and other unique gifts, to provide career training and mentorship to young individuals diagnosed with autism and other disabilities.  All purchases support this mission.  This particular arrangement, "Lover's Delight" is arranged with two dozen roses and fresh greens and finished with a beautiful red bow.  Roses for Autism ships nationwide.  Order your sweetheart fresh cut flowers here.

It is our sincerest hope this gift guide has offered you some ideas to make your Valentine's Day extra special.  There are a number of other agencies and organizations with similar missions.  For a more detailed list, visit Autism Speaks "Shop a Little- Help A Lot" page here

Autism Community Network has not received compensation from any of these organizations in the creation of this gift guide.