Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

Some of the best gifts I've ever received have been charitable donations in my name. Really! It just feels good to give back during this season of excess. Donations are always a wonderful option, but if you'd like to give your friends and family something for themselves as well this holiday season, there are plenty of companies that donate all or some of their proceeds to charity and make beautiful gifts to boot...

Buying a colorful silk scarf from VIDA helps provide life-changing literacy classes to the brand's craftspeople and their families in India and Pakistan.

Cooper & Ella, maker of this perfect holiday dinner blouse, partners with the Hope Foundation School in Bangalore to provide a hot, nutritious meal to a child in need with every item purchased.

A gift of LSTN headphones will not only please your favorite audiophile; it will also help restore hearing to someone in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Ann Taylor donates 50% of the purchase price of its elephant ring set to St. Jude Children's Hospital, while 100% of the profits from Laura Mercier's Peach Hope Lip GlacĂ© goes toward fighting ovarian cancer.

7 For All Mankind's limited-edition Movember jeans proudly display the organization's mustache symbol on the back pocket, and the denim maker donates $20 to the Movember Foundation for each pair purchased to improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

ONEHOPE Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine is more than a pretty package: 50% of the profits are donated to the World Food Program USA to help end childhood hunger in America.

I'm partial to these leopard accent loafers, but the purchase of any shoe or accessory by Sseko helps empower women in Uganda by sending them to college.

Kiehl's Greatest Hits Collection includes all of the brand's luxe essentials, and 100% of the net profits up to $100,000 from the US sales of the limited-edition set goes to Feeding America. Supporting the same organization is this rustic jar candle, part of the TOMS for Target collaboration.

Finally, the New Year's Eve-worthy FEED 1000 Clutch is a collaboration between FEED and Judith Lieber, and each clutch sold provides 1,000 school meals to children—the largest donation to date for any FEED products.


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