Goodwill Gift Guide Costa Rica: Good Deeds for the Giving. In the spirit of this year’s holiday season, you may be pondering different approaches to gift giving. Many people concerned about overcommercialization offset their shopping for traditional retail-sourced presents with charitable donations directly benefiting worthy causes.

Why not consider ways to achieve the best of both intentions? You can’t go wrong when the goodness of one gift to a friend or family member goes in many different directions, whether in your own community or elsewhere in Costa Rica. Such presents are sure to delight recipients while enabling countless good deeds to be done.  Here are some ideas for gifts that keep on giving back.

SalveMonos T-Shirts

These simply stylish,  eye-catching T-shirts would make the perfect present for almost anyone on your shopping list.

All T-shirts sales profits go directly to the small non-profit organization’s efforts to rescue, relocate and protect monkeys from electrocution on power lines and transformers.



Azul Profundo Boutique
Local #1 centro Comercial Grand Boulevard, Tamarindo
Call 2653 0395
Hotel Luna Llena
Call 2653 00822

Recycle Hermosa

Recycle Hermosa’s retail program, supporting initiatives benefiting Playa Hermosa children, consists of T-shirts, reusable bags and high-quality, insulated, hot/cold beverage bottles.

Recycle Hermosa’s mission is to reduce trash in Playa Hermosa by 60 percent through responsible recycling solutions, local education and participation by all.




Call 8302 0077


Adopt a Halfway Home Dog

Give the gift of a forever home to a dog from the Halfway Home shelter, a transitional facilty for dogs well enough for adoption.

Financial donations are also a gift option extending your love and generosity to countless other homeless dogs in the Tamarindo vicinity.





Cavallini Veterinary Clinic
Centro Comercial Royal Palms (next to MegaSuper), Villareal
Call 2652 9009

Superheroes of the Environment

With gifts like these, learning how to care for the environment can be cool and fun for kids.

Launched in May 2018 by the non-profit Fundacion Superhéroes de Costa Rica, these items  are designed to encourage future generations of environmental protectors in Costa Rica.





Azul Profundo Kids
Local#3 Centro Comercial Grand Boulevard, Tamarindo
Call 2653-0394
For more retailers and information:
Call 22914614
@Superhéroes de Costa Rica

Algo Picante

In the interest of social responsibility, local food bank allocations from Algo Picante hot sauces  sales profits help feed about 170 families in the Villareal/Santa Rosa area. The eco-conscious company uses only glass containers for its sauces and recycled, biodegradable materials for labeling.


Tamarindo: La Bodega, Jazz’s Creperie, Shrimp Hole, La Oveja Negra Surf Camp and Hostel
Playa Langosta: Ristopizza El Sapo Cocktail Bar, Walter’s Fish & Cheeses


Devine You

In addition to producing its own line of delicious and healthy kombucha beverages, Devine You Healing offers an extensive range of herbal medicines derived from native Costa Rican plants.

As the company’s medicial product supplier under a fair trade arrangement, the Huetar indigenous tribe members in the Cuidad Colon and Puriscal region are restoring an important part of their lost cultural heritage while meeting the increasing mainstream demand for natural healing methods.


Contact Cassandra Petersen:

Tropical Cooking Costa Rica

Satisfy and nourish your family, friends and visitors from around the world using recipes that blend the flavors and comfort of traditional Tico cuisine with a modern focus on farm-fresh tropical ingredients.

A portion of cookbook sale proceeds goes to Costa Rica Dog Rescue in La Fortuna, providing shelter, food and medical care and adoption for homeless dogs over the past 10 years.



Call 2479-1569