Gifts that give back

BY Denise Albert

We love giving. But there’s nothing better than giving gifts that give back. This year, our gift guide includes items that give back. We’ve picked a wide range and hope if you still have gifts to buy, you’ll consider doing it to help others. Whether it’s jewelry or a pair of personalized photo socks (calcetines faciales personalizados for Spanish speakers), there are tons of gift ideas just waiting for you. The wide range of gift ideas that are available to us in the market is sure to give you innovative concepts. If you have pets, you could also consider getting your pet face on pillow – I’m sure if you have pet lovers around, they’ll love the gift! Pet lovers that are truly in love with their pet actually would probably prefer something for their pet, not themselves. For example, Fetching Ware and many other dog accessory brands are available to buy from, whether you are looking for a collar or a harness – there is so much to choose from. Treating your dog lover friend to a gift for their dog will really mean a lot to them… and their dog!

But if you’re really done, how about taking your kids along for an afternoon of giving?

Today, Melissa and I appeared on NBC’s Nonstop Day of Giving. To us, the most important message for our kids this time of year (and all year round) is to help others. We’re hoping our mom missions are passed to our kids in an easy to understand way.

We hope our kids understand that every dollar counts and now through the end of the year, thanks to a very generous donor, every dollar given to Robin Hood will be matched – up to $20 million – but ONLY if we raise the WHOLE $20 million. So give! And if you’re really done giving all new, it’s easy to grab your kids and go through what you don’t need or haven’t used and call Baby Buggy!

And if you’re already done giving and shopping, perhaps you’ll buy early and save for next year. Remember – these are all gifts that give back – and what’s better than that?!?!

Jamie Wolf Signature Jewelry Collection
Jamie Wolf left the New York City Ballet to pursue her passion of design and fashion, but never forgot where she came from. The ten years she spent as a dancer has influenced the aesthetics of her designs. Jamie Wolf’s collection combines true timeless femininity while working with a classically beautiful and sophisticated edge, and 50% of all sales from the signature collection donated to the New York City Ballet

Warby Parker Frames
Warby Parker ensures that with every pair of glasses sold, someone in need will be given access to affordable glasses. Knowing that you will be changing someone’s life who doesn’t have the opportunity to do so themselves makes this thoughtful gift an extraordinary find! “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair.

A|X Armani Exchange Dance 4 Life T-Shirt
The Holiday season is about giving back, and A|X Armani Exchange Dance4Life T-Shirt does just that! Model Doutzen Kroes partnered with the brand and for just $35 for this unisex and chic t-shirt. The best part — 100% of the profits supports dance4life education initiatives and their efforts to create programs that inspire, educate, and mobilize young people to lead the global dance4life movement to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Every Mother Counts, “Give Tradition
Christy Turlington, Founder of Every Mother Counts, has curated a “Give Tradition” themed sale for Gilt! The sale features Christy’s favorite items for men, women, kids, and home. It’s a great chance to pick up last-minute gifts hand-selected by one of the world’s most beautiful people. After years on the catwalk, Christy now devotes a great deal of her time to her charity, which strives to increase education and support for maternal and child health. Moreover, kind people like her are often known to stand for a cause and encourage others for becoming donors supporters, and volunteers. Though it is unclear how Christy reaches millions of people so easily, it could be assumed that she takes the help of SMS marketing software applications (which could be available at Tatango and similar websites). Since SMS marketing is known to be quite effective in dealing with the complex needs of non-profit fundraising, it could be possible that she takes the help of such technological tools. Anyway, it goes without saying that the world is in desperate need of people like Christy who are more inclined to charity.

Grosgrain Kids
Searching for the perfect gift for your daughter, granddaughter, or friend? Everyone will love these handmade barrettes, headbands, and hair accessories organizers for girls. Everything is affordable! And a portion of the profits is donated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. With every purchase, you help contribute to raising awareness and funds research to help end Neurofibromatosis. For a limited time only, get 20% off the entire site when you enter the coupon code DEC20!

Hearts For Hearts Girls
Know a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve? A Hearts for Hearts Doll is the most perfect or selfless gift! Every Hearts for Hearts doll represents a real girl from a real place around the world. The girls’ stories will take you on a journey, and their ideas to make life better, for her family, community, country, and the world around her will pull at your heartstrings. Starting at only $29.99 for each doll, a portion of the sales is donated to programs that support girls in that doll’s country.

Nest For Empowering Women
The intricate design on this pretty leather wallet was hand-tooled in Indonesia. With plenty of pockets and credit card slots, it’s ideal for helping her manage her money, and it will also help female artists in developing countries earn theirs. The proceeds from this wallet and all other items sold on Nest go directly to micro-loans that help female artists and designers pursue their passions and provide for their families. $49

ONEHOPE – Pink Perfection Gift Basket
Incredible strides have been made in the fight against breast cancer, which explains why there are more women living with breast cancer, surviving, and remaining cancer free than ever before. With the Pink Perfection Gift Basket, ONEHOPE donates 50% of its profits towards breast cancer research. Also amazingly, a portion of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice. What better way to help give back! $75.