Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

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'Tis the season to be giving! In my head, I had this whole plan to do a bunch of gift guides to post during the month of December, and now its 10 days until Christmas... 

So, I'm going to post my favorite gift guide: Gifts That Give Back. We all get caught up in making wish lists and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, that it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas (looks like all those years of Catholic school are coming out right now...). But over the years, it's doing something for someone else or giving back that truly has made me feel the best during the holiday season. So, why not give back while crossing off items on your list? 

1. Georgetown Cupcakes. Buy the Hope for Henry gift assortment (a dozen cupcakes) and 100% of the proceeds go to Hope for Henry, a cause that helps children with life-threatening diseases. $30 

2. Support a friend. Know someone who is running a race for a cause? Or even a stranger? Donate to their page. They will not only appreciate the support, you will be contributing to a great cause. Need an idea? Donate to one of my BFFs NYC Half Marathon page for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (shameless plug). Any amount helps

3. Finnegans. Have a beer lover on your list? Finnegans turns beer into food by donating 100% of the profits to provide fresh food to families in need. If anything, pick up a case for the holiday party you're headed to (or for yourself - it is a charitable act after all). $10 for a 6 pack

4. Headbands of Hope. If you're new to the blog, this is a cause close to my heart as an HoH representative. For every headband purchased, $1 is donated towards cancer research and one headband or buff is given to a girl or boy with cancer. $10-$25

5. Toms. I'm sure you all know about Toms, but for every (cute!) pair of shoes purchased, a pair is given to someone in need. $54

6. Target Sweatshirt. Target and Toms teamed up this holiday season, and each time this sweatshirt is purchased, a blanket is donated to someone who needs it. There's a whole section on with all different items to give back this holiday season. Definitely worth checking out. $22

7. Alex and Ani. Shop by charity or by bracelet for a huge selection of different charities to have a portion of your purchase be donated. $28

8. French Milled Baby Soap. Don't let the description of baby soap fool you. This soap is great for sensitive skin (children or adults!) and 20% of the proceeds go to charities benefiting children, such as St. Jude. $12

Sorry for the long-winded post, but I wanted to give a description of all the items. If you're done shopping, consider doing something small like donating a toy to Toys for Tots or even just buying the person behind you their coffee in the morning. Let's spread some Christmas cheer :) 
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