Holiday 2012: 13 Fantastic Gifts That Give Back

From beautiful baubles to cozy blankets, there's something for everyone on your list! And you'll be giving back with every purchase.
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Holiday 2012: 13 Fantastic Gifts That Give Back

From beautiful baubles to cozy blankets, there’s something for everyone on your list! And you’ll be giving back with every purchase.

-Diana Denza

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‘Tis the season for cold weather, crowded malls, and gift giving! But while everyone else is rushing to check off everyone on their Nice List, you can skip the lines and give gifts that really count. With our fabulous selection of totes, baubles, shoes, blankets, and more, you can click your way to Christmas without ever leaving the couch. Plus, each of these 13 goodies gives back to communities that need our aid the most. Getting into the holiday spirit has never been so easy!

1. FEED NYC bag for Sandy relief ($35, feedprojects.com).

The Bettys residing in New York City were devastated after Hurricane Sandy struck. Though we were some of the lucky ones, many of our friends and family members were not. Thankfully, FEED has been helping the victims of this natural disaster with a selection of limited edition relief items. This tote was crafted in the Big Apple. Each purchase will provide 25 meals to hungry NYC residents hit hardest by Sandy. Even if you’re on the other side of the country (or world!), lending a helping hand is a tote bag away!

2. Reed bracelet ($20, commonthreadz.org).

Orphans in South Africa lack a very basic necessity that often prevents them from attending school: a uniform. With every purchase of an adjustable, versatile bracelet, an orphaned African child will receive a school uniform. What’s more, the bracelets themselves were created by female artisans in the country, providing them with wages they need to feed their families. Who knew that such a simple gift could change lives?

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3. TOMS red dot women’s classics ($54, toms.com).

Your bestie will be especially thankful for these festive red slip-ons after hours of standing around in heels at those holiday parties. The polka dots pack on the girly charm, making them a fun addition to any shoe closet—and as always, TOMS gives one brand new pair of shoes to a needy child with every purchase.

4. Carnelian glass bead necklace ($350, sameskyshop.com).

Your search for the perfect gift for mom will come to an end with this stunning hand-blown glass necklace. Created by HIV-positive female artisans in Africa, Same Sky’s pieces are as beautiful as they are empowering.

5. Warby Parker holiday gift card + cookie ($95, warbyparker.com).

Warby Parker proves once and for all that glasses aren’t just for nerdy chemistry professors. One $95 gift card will buy your pal a fresh pair of prescription glasses or one pair of the coolest non-Rx shades in town. They’ll even get a hand-iced holiday cookie to nosh on as they shop. For every pair sold, the brand donates one to their non-profit partners.

6. Roma boots in glossy plum ($84, romaboots.com).

These boots were made for winter walkin’. And the glossy plum hue is totally on trend this season. Like TOMS’ One-for-One model, Roma gives an impoverished child a pair of rain boots for each one you purchase. They even have fabulous options for the men and kids in your life.

Up next: A sparkling star topper, a blanket to cozy up in, and more!


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