As consumers we have a choice of where to put our dollars, of where and how to spend them so that they are put to the best use possible. When you are shopping for items for unique holiday gifts this year, why not consider purchasing gifts that give back to those who made them or gifts that pay it forward to charitable organizations? While we can give a beautiful gift to the person on our holiday list, we can pay it forward at the same time and put our dollars to use twice. With that said, here are 13 suggestions of unique holiday gift ideas that give twice:
A Different Kind of Ballerina
Is there someone in your life who has everything? Then please, I implore you, check out Ballerina. Photographer Bob Carey has taken brilliant photographs of himself wearing a pink tutu in various locations and compiled the photographs into this fabulous table book. It costs $50 and all net proceeds support women with breast cancer. For more information and to see a few of the photos, go to: http://www.thetutuproject.com/support-the-tutu-project/ballerina-the-book/.
Cure by Design
Rachel began selling beaded bracelets to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes. Since then she has begun designing bracelets for several important causes. For every piece of jewelry sold at Rachel’s Cure by Design over $30, she donates $10.00 to the cause plus $10.00 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rachel has developed a beautiful selection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings to choose from, all of which would make a terrific holiday gift. To see her designs, head on over to: http://www.rachelscbd.com/fundraising.php.
Headbands of Hope
For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s foundation to fund cancer research. My personal favorite is the black rose headband for $17.95. Purchase your headband for hope and donate one to a girl with cancer at: http://www.headbandsofhope.org/collections/beaded.
Imaginations Run Wild
Aren’t books always a wonderful gift for a child? Jason Mayo wrote Do Witches Make Fishes to teach children about healthy eating. The main character in this tale is a boy who prefers candy instead of healthier options. His imagination runs wild as he learns about making wise food choices. Profits from the sale of the book go towards the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The book costs $12.99-$13.51. For a list of retailers, go to: http://www.dowitchesmakefishes.com/.
A Scarf for Every Season
As written here before, I am a huge fan of the Connected in Hope Foundation. Their goal is to provide women in Ethiopia access to international markets as well as to support, encourage and train them to earn a sustainable and predictable income through sales of their hand-woven scarves and baskets. All profits on the sale of the scarves are re-invested in programs that support the women and their families. There is a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from at: http://store.connectedinhope.com/. (By the way, I own the infinity scarf in merlot and love it.) For an added bonus, readers who use the code MARBLES will receive a 10% discount at checkout.
Let There be Wine
Charity Wines make the perfect gift for the sports fan on your list. The site partners with professional athletes and celebrities to create wines that help raise funds for a variety of charities throughout the country. To search the site and find a retailer, go to: http://charitywines.com. Hurry, charity wines are exclusively single run wines. Once they are sold out they are retired and no longer available.
A Healthy Glow
The one and only Laura Mercier has created the ‘Bonne Mine Healthy Glow’ face & cheeks color palette which is sold at Nordstrom. All profits from the sale of this fabulous gift will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund, which raises awareness funds efforts to help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer. The Bonne Mine Healthy Glow palette costs $48 and can be purchased at: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/laura-mercier-bonne-mine-healthy-glow-face-cheeks-color-palette/3364181?origin=keywordsearch&contextualcategoryid=6002216&fashionColor=&resultback=0.
Pearls with Purpose
Last month I met the founder of Pearls with Purpose. While I shopped she spoke passionately about the organization and how their products are created with genuine pearls and stones by women in the Philippines and India. The proceeds from the sale of each piece helps underprivileged women in these countries. They also have a fabulous item called The Pledge necklace. For $25 you can buy a necklace and add charms to it as you do pledge to do acts of service in your community. To shop all items from Pearls with Purpose, go to: http://pearlswithpurpose.com/
Knits for Life is an Etsy store that makes ethical goods for everyday people. She uses mostly all organic, recycled, and natural farm-direct materials for her knit wear. For every hand made item purchased, a tree will be planted through The Nature Conservancy. My favorite item is the camel slouchy knit fingerless gloves. To browse the shop for your favorite, go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitsForLife.
The Kenneth Cole Foundation is all about “awearness” and creating meaningful social change. Their aptly named book, Awearness, is a collection of over 80 essays and conversations with people who have been the creators of such social change. This inspiring book costs $25 and all proceeds benefit the Kenneth Cole Foundation. You can purchase it at: http://www.kennethcole.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3261693.
Ten Thousand Villages
A fair trade retail site, Ten Thousand Villages sources handmade items and unique gift ideas from all over the world. The company’s goal is to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans from 38 countries worldwide. My personal favorite from this site is a gorgeous gold horizons pillow cover made in Peru. Browse through hundreds of items sold through Ten Thousand Villages at: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/.
Do Good, Buy us
Still unsure what to buy for the holidays? Then go browse http://www.dogoodbuy.us/. I met founder Zack Rosenberg at the Social Good Summit in September and learned about his deep passion for paying it forward. He has created an online marketplace for charity-made products, perfect for those of us shopping this holiday for gifts that pay it forward. As the site says, the world won’t change until consumerism does. There is a terrific selection of items for every person on your holiday list. See for yourself at: http://www.dogoodbuy.us/.
Gifts that Give
Last, but absolutely not least – at Gifts That Give, you can shop by item type, brand or price point. First you select the causes that are important to you. Then you shop their gorgeous selection of items in every imaginable category. For each purchase made, $1 of every $5 spent is donated to the cause of your choice. You may never buy a gift again anywhere else. Click over to start shopping for gifts that give at: http://www.giftsthatgive.com/.
What will you be shopping for this holiday season?
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