Give gifts that give back to those in need. From birthday gifts to Christmas presents, these 20 gifts serve double duty -- giving your friends and family beautiful gifts while helping others.
Buying a gift that gives back through TOMS
is simple. Purchase a pair of shoes and TOMS donates a pair to someone in need. The company has also branched out into sunglasses. Buy a pair and and someone in need will receive good eye care.
3. Child Mind Institute
Buy a special Christmas ornament from Bloomingdale's
and 100% of the proceeds go to the Child Mind Institute. The ornaments are designed by everyone from celebrities to famous designers. The Child Mind Institute's mission is to help children with psychiatric and learning disorders.
4. Roma Boots
Need a new pair of rain boots for you or your children? Roma Boots
are stylish and they're also a gift that gives back. For every pair you buy, Roma Boots donates a pair to a child in need. Also, if you join the site for free, Roma will donate one meal to an American in need.
5. Westward LeaningDonate to a cause based on the pair of sunglasses you purchase. Westward Leaning sells sunglasses that help kids in California, puts famous jazz musicians in Louisiana schools and more. The sunglasses aren't cheap but $10 of the proceeds fund the mission you select.
6. Ever/After Clothing
Want more control over where your donations go? Choose which cause your money is donated to with Ever/After Clothing
. The company's shop offers clothes for all age groups and 25% of the proceeds from your sale go to the charity of your choice.
7. FEED Projects
Women and deaf artisans in Kenya handcraft Christmas stockings, earrings, bags, apparel and more through The FEED Foundation shop
. Purchasing gifts for your loved ones gives back to the children of Kenya. Proceeds from your purchase fund school meals with each gift's item description showing you exactly how many children dollars from your gift will feed.
8. Raising Readers
Help a non-profit literacy group. Purchase one of three limited edition posters from Whigby
and 100% of the proceeds goes to Raising Readers, a non-profit literacy group in Canada. The group's purpose is to support literacy in early childhood with programs that include story and literacy clubs for kids in public schools.
9. SOS Children's Village
You can donate money to SOS Children's Village, which helps give children everything from a loving and secure home for as little as $20 to the gift of an education for $70. Another option is to show your support through a dalla nonna handmade Lucky Stars bracelet
with 20% of the purchase price going to the foundation.
10. Global FundYou've probably seen special items with Product Red stamped on them. A portion of the proceeds from these products goes to the Global Fund, which is committed to putting an end to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Product Red items range from handbags to laptops. Hit your favorite search engine with "Product Red items" to find gifts that give back to the Global Fund.