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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7. Shooting star sheen green ($15,

Add some extra bling to your office tree with this shimmering topper. Crafted by survivors of human trafficking, iSanctuary’s shooting star will be a reminder of your investment in young women’s futures.

8. Short dainty pendant ($40,

Each year in the United States, millions of people are forced to grapple with homelessness. The Giving Keys give those transitioning out of homelessness the key to a brighter future. By purchasing a necklace for one of your friends, you help this organization continue its mission. Each pendant features one of 15 inspirational words (of your choice) and is made from a recycled key. Once your recipient meets someone who could use the key’s pick-me-up message, they pass it on and tell their story on The Giving Keys’ website.

9. Jacque drinker ($55,

Help your guests indulge in a bit of “holiday cheer” (read: drinking) while supporting veterans in their fight against cancer. For every hand-blown glass purchased, 10 percent of the monies will go to the Seattle Division of V.A. Puget Sound. Party on!

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10. Blanket America red white and blue plush throw ($50,

Your someone special will stay warm this winter thanks to this fleece blanket. The red, white, and blue stripe pattern is patriotic –and for a good reason! Blanket America fights domestic poverty with a One-for-One charitable model. Hint, hint: This blanket is the perfect excuse for a cuddle date.

11. 15 in. WWF Amur leopard ($25,

Habitat loss and poachers have reduced the population of the Amur leopard to around 40. That’s right: Fewer than 50 of these gorgeous creatures are thought to exist. But by purchasing this adorable stuffed animal, $1 will go to the World Wildlife Fund, which has been working hard to keep the few that remain safe. We’re stocking up on this pick for the little guys and gals in our lives. We don’t have a coat of fur, but we sure feel fuzzy on the inside!

12. 100% organic cotton baby blanket ($39.95,

Little darlings will love this feather-soft organic blanket. You’ll sleep soundly knowing that part of the proceeds will buy formula for disadvantaged babies.

13. A school meal program for one child ($35,

Your BFF may have everything, but countless children around the world do not. Touch a child’s life in your friend’s name by giving the gift of a meal program. Who knows? You might just be feeding the next great thinker of the 21st century!

Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.

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