Gifts That Give Back

As we endlessly search for the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends sometimes I think as a society we forget the true meaning of the holiday season. It’s a time of giving and joy, but it’s also a time to be thankful and to give to those that are less fortunate.  When purchasing gifts this year consider a gift that gives back.  It doesn’t cost you any more money, but it makes you feel good by doing good for others and after all, that’s what it is all about.  I put together a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back.  Find something for all the fit fab mommy’s on your list and feel good by doing good this year.

Gifts For the Host or Hostess:

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Feed Apron – Feed your spirit. West Elm has partnered with FEED in support of their mission to end world hunger. For each apron purchased, FEED will donate 14 meals to families in need in the USA; SRP $29.

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ONEHOPE Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine – Pop a cork of ONEHOPE Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine to make any moment a celebration, all while providing lasting hope to many others in need. Toast to the fact that half of the profits from the purchase of this wine go directly to help end childhood hunger in America; SRP $59.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Children’s Art Project – Each purchase of a plate, pitcher, or pot holder decorated by a pediatric cancer patient from the MD Anderson Cancer Center helps support art programs, educational programs, and recovery programs for children with cancer; SRP $6 and up.

Sentimental Gifts:

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Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art – Create a unique keepsake of your favorite photos and special memories for a loved one.  2% of the proceeds from sales of Minted’s art will benefit Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns to increase support for maternal mortality reduction globally; SRP $29 and up.

Stocking Stuffers:

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Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm – Lasting Smiles partnered with Smile Train and with every 1,000 lip balms sold, one child receives the gift of a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery! Now that’s smile worthy! Purchase at Drugstore.com; SRP $4.99.

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Smile Squared Toothbrush – for each toothbrush purchased, Smile Squared donates a toothbrush to a child who needs one. All toothbrushes are naturally grown and feature: 100% Handcrafted, Biodegradable Bamboo Handle, 100% Recyclable Box, 100% High Quality, Dupont Tynex® Bristles; SRP $6.

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Votive Candle By Charity Water – This natural soy candle smells super yummy and fresh. All purchases help bring safe drinking water to people in developing countries; SRP $30.

For the Fashionista:

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Helen Ficalora LilySarahGrace Eye Charm – Helen Ficalora and the LilySarahGrace Foundation have joined together to offer this eye charm in 14k yellow, white or pink solid gold and also in sterling silver. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the LilySarahGrace Foundation – A partnership to support teachers in underfunded public elementary schools to reach all learners through the arts; SRP $225.

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Echo Hat – For every hat, muffler, outerwear and pair of gloves that you purchase through December 17th Echo will donate 2 comparable items to one of 3 regional foster care programs; SRP varies.

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Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray – a heart-warming way to support children around the world. $10 of purchase price goes to Happy Hearts Fund.  Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds safe-resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. ; SRP $39.

For the Person Who has Everything:

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Charity Navigator – the gift certificates of the philanthropy world. You set the price; recipients pick the charity. Perfect for those bosses, hard to shop for friends and family and the person that has everything; SRP varies.

Food:

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This Bar Saves Lives – It’s simple: for every bar you buy This Bar Saves Lives gives a packet of life-saving food to a child in need, SRP 9 bars for $19.99.

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Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – 100% of proceeds go toward pediatric cancer research, SRP $29.99 and up.

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