While we have been sharing our favorite holiday gift guide picks, we also know that giving back is another way to spread the love this holiday season. From charitable donations to products that give back, here are some of our favorite charitable gifts this holiday season.
The World Vision Gift Catalog is a great resource to discover 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in US and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ Handcrafted Gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need. For the holidays, we love the Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set, the Cinnamon Box, the cute Hand-woven Headband and the beautiful Ornament Set that you will always treasure.
Shopping for a Change is a great way to connect with fair trade items that benefit artisans in developing countries. Each purchase through our website helps the artisans, mostly women, to consistently feed their families and send their children to school-- including the girls. In addition, our net proceeds help fund community improvement projects abroad and select U.S.-based charities. For the holidays, we love the Chelsea Handbag, the MEND Laptop Sleeves, and the Teak Wood Cheese Set.
We can all use heroes in our lives, and this holiday season you can own specialized shirts from the units from the U.S. Military, federal and local law enforcement, and fire departments. Featured online atherotshirtclub.com, a new shirt is mailed out monthly representing a different group of America's elite heroes and a portion of all membership dues are donated to charities that support our American heroes.
We loving the chic and simple FOREVER hoodie that benefits the nearly half a million children in foster care across the country — children who have yet to find the love and support of a permanent, forever family. With a donation of $75 or more to the Alliance for Children’s Rights, your readers will receive a FOREVERhoodie – a gift that gives back. To purchase please visit: kids-alliance.org/forever. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from these stylish hoodies go to support foster children of all ages. The FOREVER hoodie has been worn by the likes of Selena Gomez, Conan O’Brien, Philip Philips, Melissa Etheridge, Rascal Flatts and others.
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We are big fans of Sevenly.org, a cause-activation platform that partners with a new charity every Monday. Through this site, $7 of every item sold on Sevenly.org is donated to that week's charity for 7 days. From organizations that help those with Autism to the Humane Society, freeing children from the sex industry, providing clean water to people in Ethiopia, Sevenly.org - above anything else - believes that People Matter. Items on the site include one-of-a-kind T-shirts and hoodies for adults and children to items for babies and home decor. Some of our current favorites are the Different Not Less Comfy Tees, Quinn Scarf and the Abbott Weekend Bag.
Living in NYC Central Park is our backyard, and this holiday season you can give back by donating to the Central Park Conservancy, an organization that provides 75 percent of Central Park's $58 million park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For the holidays, everything you purchase through them goes back to the parks and they also make nice mementos that you or your receipt will treasure forever. For the holidays we love the Central Park Men's T-shirt by Catstudio, Seeing Central Park Book and the Central Park Glass Ornament, among many other fun holiday finds
Another favorite charitable gift option is from the fashionableJ. Jill. This year, J. Jill is doing something completely different and allowing the shoppers to pick a charity where a percentage of their purchases goes to, through a partnership with Plan G. From December 3-24, shoppers will receive 5% of their purchase to give back to the charity of their choice. Within a week of their purchase, shoppers will receive an email from J.Jill with a link to the PlanG website (J. Jill's partner) where they can pick their cause and make their donation.
For the holidays, be sure to look for the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) logo where you will find products that give back to the planet while supporting communities worldwide. Some of our favorites are the iPhone cases from Twig, Epicurean to find a gorgeous range of cutting boards made with FSC-certified wood and Shop the Frog to find a list of food items featuring the green frog seal including chocolate, coffee, tea and fruit.
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