Who am I going to buy gifts for? What am I going to buy them? How much is this all going to end up costing me? Common questions I ask myself over and over again this time of year. But at the end of the day, aren’t the Holiday’s all about giving back, spending time with our loved ones and RELAXING? That’s all I want this year, to relax with my wonderful husband and sweet baby boy. I mean, I’m not going to lie a nice new pair of shoes or a brand spanking new bag would be phenomenal, but it’s not what I’m most looking forward to! If I could snuggle my cuties for the 2 weeks my husband has off and not do anything else, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
But, it is the holiday season and we must socialize and show our friends and family how much we care by being present and giving presents. So when I gift, I like to give gifts with meaning. Given that a lot of times it’s hard to know what people actually want, you can’t go wrong by choosing a gift for a loved one that also gives back. And if you have someone on your shopping list that isn’t into paying it forward, then that Grinch doesn’t deserve a gift anyway!
So here are my top 10 picks for gifts that give:
10. TOMS for Target
There’s quite a few really great items from this holiday line, but I particular like these chic black flats. They’re an everyday shoe, that will go with just about anything. I own a few pairs of TOMS so I can personally tell you that they are super comfortable shoes, and come in handy especially while chasing a toddler around.
Lush cosmetics “Charity Pot Body Lotion” donates 100% of the price of the product (minus the sales tax) to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. How wonderful is that? Not to mention, the lotion works amazingly well and smells great too!
8. That’s Caring
For the foodie on your list, you’ll be able to find something that their heart desires at thatscaring.com. I personally was drawn to the Wine & Cheese package, I mean you can never have enough wine & cheese! The baked goods also look delicious, and each purchase donates nonperishable, sustainable, nourishing, all-natural food supplies to hungry children of households in need.
7. Noddle and Boo
I can’t say enough about this line of lotions, shampoo’s, soaps, etc for babies. It smells amazing, it leaves your child with the softest skin ever, it’s simply the best! I’ve been buying this product for my son for over a year now and I wouldn’t use anything else on him. I wish I could provide more specific information on the percentage of their donations, but they do donate to several charities such as St. Jude’s, Save The Children and Keep A Child Alive, to name a few. I’m happy to know that a portion of my money is going to these wonderful charities because their products really are the best out there.
6. Laughing Man Coffee
I was never a big coffee drinker, but honestly having a kid has forced me into needing a daily dose of caffeine for my daily survival. So here’s a fun little gift for the coffee drinker on your list. The company was started by Hugh Jackman, and 100% of Laughing Man Worldwide’s revenue goes back to education, community development and new business development for up and coming entrepreneurs.
5. One Hope
I feel like this is a great gift for HIM, there’s a couple of different spices for grilling and a bottle of wine. I say this is the perfect gift as he can grill for you, and you can drink the wine, that’s what I call a win win! Oh and not to mention that half of the proceeds support our Troops, make that a win win win!
4. The Giving Keys
I instantly fell in love with the giving keys when I received one as a birthday gift from a friend. I had never heard of the product before and loved how they re-purposed old keys with words on them in order to inspire and empower the people receiving the keys. What’s even better is that all of the proceeds go to helping the homeless. It’s truly a gift that keeps giving as the mission is to give your key to someone you feel needs it more than you. Soon, I’ll share with you who I’m giving my key to this holiday season!
3. This Bar Saves Lives
I found out about this wonderful product at one of their events that my husband was invited to through work. I can honestly say that these are the most delicious granola bars that I’ve ever tasted. For each bar you buy (now available at Whole Foods), they send a life saving packet of food to a child in need. My husband can’t always eat breakfast with us during the week and needs a quick on the go breakfast, and if these granola bars really do save lives, feeding my husband alone should make a major impact! I’m thinking I’ll stuff his entire stocking with these!!
The BeYOUtiful tshirt is for any male or female on your list! It’s a cute shirt that can be worn casually with jeans, it’s a beYOUtiful thing being fashionable and charitable all at the same time. Every single item on this website donates $7 to a charity of the week. I mean, it’s pretty amazing what they are doing here, they’ve already raised over 4 million dollars to date. Pretty darn impressive!
1. Purpose Jewelry
Well I’ve already GUSHED over this line of jewelry in a previous post so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Hand crafted jewelry by women who have escaped or been rescued from human trafficking and best of all 100% of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for these women. Besides the Key Necklace that I was wearing here, they have other gorgeous necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, gift boxes and ornaments. Gift the woman in your life jewelry that serves a purpose!