Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Special Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

Spread Joy This Holiday Season!



I love the holidays. For our family, I try to use the holiday season as an opportunity to focus on quality time together, and we often engage in service activities to make the season even more special. We focus on sustainable gift giving, which I recently wrote about for the Multicultural Kid Blogs, and highlight presence over presents. That being said, I enjoy seeking out gifts that give back and support others. Here's a gift guide featuring some of my favorite gifts that give back.


Holiday Cards for a Cause


Gifts for Baby


Beanies and Booties from Sevenly ($7 from every Sevenly purchase goes to a charity. Each week, a different charity is featured.)


Bibs from RED or Swaddle Blankets from RED (RED supports efforts to provide lifesaving drug treatments for individuals with HIV and to provide drug treatments that prevent the HIV from passing from a mother to their baby). 

Very Hungry Caterpillar Onesie from Out of Print via TOMS Shoes (Out of Print donates books to communities that need them.) 

Denim Newborn Hat from Krochet Kids International via TOMS Shoes (Krochet Kids International provides skills training and mentorship to allow families to earn consistent income.)


Gifts for Kids

Books for Children and Teens -- Better World Books offers a wide variety of books and donates books to children in need and raises funds for literacy and libraries. 


Girl's T-Shirt from Girl Rising to support equal education and educational access for girls around the world. 

TOMS Shoes for Kids (For every pair of shoes purchases at TOMS, a child in need also receives a pair of shoes; one for one. A pair of shoes is also donated for each gift card purchase.)

Adorabe T-Shirt, Sweatshirts and Friendship Bracelets from Pablove (The Pablove Foundation invests in pediatric cancer research, provides education regarding childhood cancer and provides free photography workshops/art programs for children with cancer.) 

Unique Youth Soccer Ball that is practically indestructible from One World Futbol (For every soccer ball purchased, a soccer ball is given to youth in need through organizations working in disadvantaged communities, including war zones and refugee camps.) 



Hoot (Owl) Beanie from Krochet Kids International via TOMS Shoes 

Putumayo Kids Present: Kids World Party, a world music CD from Amnesty International to support human rights for all  

Nahuala Rectangle Trays (Set of 3) from Noonday - I would love to use these for various sensory experiences or activity trays or for seasonal decor. Great for a child's room or for your own room! (Noonday uses fashion to create economic opportunity to the vulnerable through no-interest loans, scholarships, living wage jobs and much more. Noonday also hosts adoption trunk shows to assist families struggling with financial costs of adoption.)

If you're already shopping at Kohl's this holiday season, look for Kohl's Cares products, typically stuffed animals or books in which 100% of the net profit from those specific items go toward health and education initiatives for children.


Gifts for Writers (Adults, Teens, Tweens or Children)


I love Moleskin notebooks. They make fabulous gifts for writers or busy mamas (like me). RED has a special edition notebook just for their campaign. It looks lovely.  

Greeting Card Pack via Girl Rising

Fair Trade, Handmade Fabric Journal via Amnesty International

Blossoming Buck Journal from Denik via TOMS Shoes (for every journal purchased, Denik contributes $1 to building a school and artists receive 5% royalties for their cover art for the journals).


Gifts for Moms (from Kids)

(Gifts for under $20 so children/youth could purchase with their own money!)

RED Beaded Bracelet from RED for only $5 



Chloe Headband from Krochet Kids International via TOMS Shoes 

Dots Cluth from Joyn via TOMS Shoes (Joyn provides living wage jobs, educational opportunities and more for artisans in the Himalayas.) 

Vessel of Light Candle - 50th Anniversary Amnesty International Candle


Gifts for Foodies


William Sonoma Cutting Board with iPad stand made by Orange Chef Co. to support No Kid Hungry


Wooden Utensil Set from Badala via TOMS Shoes (Badala provides employment for widows and single mothers and provides scholarships for orphans. Bonus - this set is under $15!) 

Le Creuset Mini Cocottes, Set of 3 via William and Sonoma to support No Kid Hungry


Tech Accessories


RED has several tech accessories including iPhone cases and more


Unexpected/Unique Gift Ideas 


For more ideas for gifts that give back, check out this list of 10 Inspiring "Buy One Give One" Projects

The Wounded Warrior Project Under Armour Collection 

Beautiful Photography Prints from Pablove 

Chocolates, Pencils, and Hats that give back as well as Holiday Service Ideas from Pragmatic Mom 


Waiting for Mamu short film from Shine Global with every dollar spent to download the film going directly to the Early Childhood Development Center featured in the film during this exclusive 90 day release period.

Girl Rising DVD to support equal education for girls around the world.

SMUGGLED DVD - Smuggled is the latest multi-award winning film that I produced in 2012 and which my company has been screening throughout the U.S. (at film festivals, university campuses and community organizations) for the past two years. Our company is called Think Ten Media Group because 10% of all proceeds go toward charities. In the case of SMUGGLED, 10% of profits from the sales of the film are being donated to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and their efforts to respond to the crisis of unaccompanied minors along the border. 

Complete Kid Blogger Network Gift Guides to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

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