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Gifts that Give Back

  • Dec 15, 2009
Here are five places that you can shop this holiday season and feel great about your purchases. Not only are you buying a gift for your friend or family member, you are also giving to a great cause, in the form of a monetary donation from proceeds, or actual profits. Many companies have one or two special products on sale that the proceeds go to a good cause, but here are\ entire on-line stores where your entire purchase benefits those in need.
TOMS Shoes
This is the ultimate gift that gives back, when you buy one pair of shoes, you are actually buying TWO pairs of shoes, one for you, and one for a child in need. Shoes help children for so many reasons. Children without shoes often cannot attend school, as shoes are an expensive part of a uniform. They help protect feet from cuts, which can lead to infections. The number one cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sore.

Toms distributes shoes in Argentina,South Aftica, the USA and now in Ethiopia.  In Ethiopia, one million people (out of a population of around 80 million) are affected with podoconiosis, an entirely preventable form of elephantiasis. The only way to prevent podoconiosis is to wear shoes.

Shop for TOMS here.
World Wildlife Fund
As an animal lover, this has been my favorite cause for a very long time. I have donated multiple tax refunds to the WWF and have "adopted" a snow leopard from them. Any animal lover would be happy with an adopted animal gift. You can choose from a number of their endangered species (There are 100 to choose from) and their are various levels from a $25 gift to a $100 gift, they include different items in addition to the donation.

If stuffed animals aren't your thing, they also carry a wide arrange of apparel and useful accessories, aprons, water bottles, reusable bags, calenders and handmade crafts.

Shop WWF and "adopt" an endangered animal here!
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St Jude's is a great cause that many people would love to support. They make it really easy this year with their Holiday gift ideas and in such affordable price ranges! They have gifts under 10$ and a lot of varity, from precious Chirstmas tree ornaments, to a lot of different appral...shirts, jackets, scarfs, ties, watches and more.

They have tons of toys for teens and kids, for pets and for toddlers.They are all resonably priced and every cent benefits the Hospital.

Check out their awesome selection of great gifts here.
UNICEF gift shop is know for their beautiful holiday greeting cards, that come blank. You can customize the message printed on the inside, or order them blank. They have photo cards as well. The cards feature all different holiday greetings. When someone recieved a UNICEF card, they will know that the money spent on that card has gone to help children all around the world.

They also sell other goodies for the holidays like USB ports, stationary, holiday decorations and toys. They are sure to have something for everyone on your list, check it out here.
The Greater Good
The GreaterGood Network of websites offer a unique way to support causes they care about.

One hundred percent (100%) of sponsor advertising is paid as a royalty to charity through GreaterGood.org. Shoppers can also give directly to charity by purchasing Gifts that Give More, where one hundred percent of their donation is given to charity, or buying one of the many other products that they offer

The Greater Good is a one stop shop for all your charitable gift needs, with 9 differnet stores benefiting different charities. The Hunger Site, The Rainforest Site, The Pink Ribbon Store, The Literacy Site, The Museum Shop, The Breast Cancer Site,  The Childrens Health Site, and The Animal Rescue Site

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December 17, 2009
I heart this list! You rock, Aria....thanks so much for spreading the true spirit of X-mas!
December 16, 2009
Awesome list!!! Thanks for raising awareness about these great resources!
December 15, 2009
This is a really great list for some really great causes. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing, Aria! :)
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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