Gifts that Give Back

According to Target and their FULL out Christmas decor, the holiday season is here. I always listen to Target so I figured it was time to start thinking about gift giving. For the past few years I have rounded up gifts that give back in various ways and it was always a hit. So we are bringing the tradition over here to provide you with a very philanthropic shopping experience. During the holidays and in some cases all year round, many stores, brands, and products offer items that support various charities. From shoes to makeup, you are almost guaranteed to find something that supports a cause if you just look for it. The benefit of course is that your gift keeps on giving and your money does double duty. So I’d encourage you to spend a little time researching your favorite causes or asking your favorite stores if they have any products that support the greater good. Together we can make a major impact all while doing what we love: Shopping!

Products from top left to bottom right:

  • Jonathan Adler iPad cover available from Gifts that Give, $40. Gifts that Give has a HUGE selection of gifts all of which give back to the charity of your choice. $1 of every $5 goes to charity. Head over to check out their other gift ideas.
  • Ceramic owls from West Elm, $14-$19. West Elm will donate $5 from the purchase of every owl to St. Jude Children’s charities.
  • Medal of Honor gift set from One Hope Wine, $250. A total of $175 goes to charity, $150 to the Medal of Honor foundation and $25 to the charity of your choice. This is a great gift to honor the soldiers in your life. Half of the proceeds from any bottle of One Hope wine goes to charity so if this is out of the budget, consider giving just one bottle.
  • Philosophy To believe shower gel from Sephora, $20. Philosophy will donate 100% of the net proceeds of this product to WhyHunger. The perfect stocking stuffer!

More ways to give back this holiday season:

  • Join our virtual food drive
  • Start a warm clothing drive or donate old jackets, sweaters or gloves to people in need
  • Adopt a family and play Santa
  • Serve food at a food kitchen or homeless shelter
  • Contact your local women’s shelter and see if you can buy gifts for the children there
  • Contact local schools or churches and see if there are any families in particular need this year
  • Stuff stockings and take them to a home for the elderly (Be sure to get permission in advance and ask about any restrictions). Simply visiting a home for elderly people is a great idea too.
  • Send cards or care packages to soldiers who will spend the holidays away from home
  • Ask your employer to be a drop off spot for Toys for Tots or start your own toy drive



  1. Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Great ideas! This year I made some organic beauty products to give away, it was a lot of fun and I hope they turn out well. These are great ideas in the event my project flops :) Thanks!

    • AMcFrench
      Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Great idea! You’ll have to post some recipes!

  2. Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic roundup. So important and a wonderful added bonus when you find a sweet gift that gives back!

    • AMcFrench
      Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Thank you Aleah!

  3. Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    what a great post! I love the little owls from West Elm. I need to clean out my closet and get to donating. I have so much stuff I don’t wear. Have a great Monday!

    • AMcFrench
      Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Margaret! Great idea- I need to clean mine out too!

  4. Posted November 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I didn’t know that about the west elm owls, Ive been looking at them too and never noticed that they give back to St. Jude. Thanks for the great list! xoxo

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