Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back Part II

eyeshadow / ornament / sunglasses / water bottle / women's sweatshirtmen's sweatshirt / ring / mug / backpack / hand cream / candle

I know it's awfully late in the game for a holiday gift guide, but let's face it: you probably have some shopping left to do. Besides, I found so many wonderful gifts with a charitable component that I'd be remiss not to share them with you. And no need to shell out for overnight shipping. Many of these can be found at your local mall.

The Chantecaille limited-edition Save The Sharks Palette supports a ban on the unregulated shark fin trade, with 5% of all proceeds from this oh-so-pretty eyeshadow palette donated to the BLOOM Association.

Barney's is donating 25% of all sales from the BAZ DAZZLED holiday collection by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin to Room to Read, an organization dedicated to improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. This quartz starburst ornament is definitely a standout.

These statement-making sunglasses from Westward Leaning honor the "color revolutions" that have brought about democratic change throughout the world. For every pair sold, Westward Leaning donates $10 to Reporters Without Borders.

As with all S'well water bottles, the purchase of this crocodile-embossed version helps the company provide monetary contributions and volunteer services to charities such as WaterAid, American Forests and Drink Up.

In honor of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues and protects orphaned elephants and rhinos in East Africa from ivory poaching and extinction, J.Crew teamed up with Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness to create these limited-edition men's and women's elephant sweatshirts. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from their sale will be donated to the trust.

Brazilian designer Ana Khouri unites her passions for art and the environment into avant-garde jewelry, made with a conscience. A portion of the profits from the designer's black diamond and gold Lucky Ring will be donated to benefit the local artisans of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nothing is better than an affirming message along with your morning coffee... except, perhaps, the fact that for every purchase of Santa Barbara Design's "Hi Beautiful" mug, a portion of the proceeds go directly to the Debbie Kogan Lyda Ovarian Cancer Road to Recovery.

The purchase of this utilitarian Boma daypack from Cotopaxi (available in every color of the rainbow) provides half a week of tutoring to a child at the Kilimanjaro Kids Community in Tanzania.

This limited-edition version of Ahava's cult favorite Mineral Hand Cream supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to fund research and promote early detection and education, with 10% of proceeds donated to the cause.

Perfumed with hydrangea, hyacinth, and forget-me-nots, the sale of Nest's Blue Garden candle supports Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Need more ideas? Check out Part I of the Gifts That Give Back holiday gift guide.


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