I love Christmas and the feeling of cheer and love! However there are so many that are not given the privilege to enjoy. And at times we all can forget the real meaning of giving.
So this year include something on your wish list that is not only great, but a gift that makes an impact for a good cause! Here is a list of my top 10 pretty awesome and cool gifts that will not only make you smile, but will bring a smile to someone else as well.
Gift Idea #1:
Every girl loves a cool bangle, so why not give this charming Alex and Ani’s Spiral Sun Charm Bangle. Twenty per cent of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Alexandani.com, $28 to $38 per bangle.
Gift Idea #2:
Have a friend that is passionate about animals? Then an ornament with a cause will do the trick. With 10 per cent of sales going to the World Wildlife Fund, one of the country’s leading conservation organizations, these various animal ornaments do more than make a home more festive. The ornaments range from orcas to kiwi birds to Arctic foxes and otters. Drakegeneralstore.ca, $15.
Gift Idea #3:
This is one of my favorite on my list- a State Bag! For every one of these sleek, office-to-gym bags you give, State will hand-deliver a backpack (filled with essentials) to an American child in need. ($85; statebags.com)
Gift Idea #4:
I had no idea about these awesome pens until I was school supply shopping for my daughter, and they really are pretty awesome! So if you have someone on your list that loves to take notes, they will swoon over this set of rainbow gel pens: For every one sold, a donation will be made to a classroom in need. ($9.99; yoobi.com)
Gift Idea #5:
Whether your giftee wears glasses or just needs a new pair of sunnies, a Warby Parker gift card is a sharp choice. They have an amazing selection and I love their new at Home Try On Program. Select 5 frames and test them for 5 days. Pretty cool! So.. for every pair sold, a pair is donated to someone in need. ($95; warbyparker.com)
Gift Idea #6:
Now this rocks- anyone you know that likes to skateboard will love this! The Minnow”, the first skateboard deck made from recycled marine debris. This 25” cruiser is paired with 30% veggie oil wheels and premium marine grade hardware to bring you a quality ride. Each skateboard prevents more than 30 square feet of harmful plastic fishnets from entering our oceans while providing support to local Chilean fishing communities. Made in Chile. ($129; bureo.co)
Gift Idea #7:
Ok now for a really cool stocking stuffer – this one I am a fan of! These scratch-offs are always a winner: With every card, someone in need will receive clean water, solar light, literacy tools, or nutritious meals. It really is the perfect stocking stuffer! ($20; givelottolove.com)
Gift Idea #8:
This is a must for every girl you know that loves a cute winter beanie! Love Your Melon donates 50 percent of its profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer $45, loveyourmelon.com Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.
Gift Idea #9:
I love a new pair of rain boots! Roma Rain Boots are not only cute, they are practical for the wintery slush in the late winter months. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need and on top of that, 10% of all proceeds fund educational initiatives around the world. ROMA RAIN BOOTS $68
Gift Idea #10:
Cheeky Tableware is cool and hip for anyone holding a get together! Surprise a hostess with Cheeky’s bright, patterned disposable tableware (yep, it’s actually cute enough to gift). For each item sold, they’ll donate a meal to an American facing hunger through a partnership with Feeding America. Items starting at $4.
As if a gift that gives twice wasn’t enough of a draw, these items are often one-of-a-kind or released in limited qualities.
An added bonus? Research shows giving to charity helps you feel good, too. So go ahead and add a few items to your shopping list for an extra perk this holiday season.