As consumers we have a choice of where to put our dollars, of where and how to spend them so that they are put to the best use possible. When you are shopping for items for unique holiday gifts this year, why not consider purchasing gifts that give back to those who made them or gifts that pay it forward to charitable organizations? While we can give a beautiful gift to the person on our holiday list, we can pay it forward at the same time and put our dollars to use twice. With that said, here are 5 suggestions of unique holiday gift ideas that give twice:
Is there someone in your life who has everything but you just want to make them laugh? Check out Ballerina. Photographer Bob Carey has taken brilliant photographs of himself wearing a pink tutu in various locations and compiled the photographs into this fabulous table book. It costs $50, but ALL net proceeds support women with breast cancer. For more information and to see a few of the photos, go to: http://www.thetutuproject.com/support-the-tutu-project/ballerina-the-book/.
Cure by Design
Rachel began selling beaded bracelets to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes. Since then she has begun designing bracelets for several important causes. For every piece of jewelry sold at Rachel’s Cure by Design over $30, she donates $10.00 to the cause plus $10.00 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rachel has developed a beautiful selection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings to choose from, all of which would make a terrific holiday gift. To see her designs, head on over to: rachelscbd.com
Headbands of Hope
For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s foundation to fund cancer research. The photo to the right is one of my personal favorites. The rhinestone and pearl trim is detailed and made from premium metal, pearls, and stones. All beading is attached by an elastic strand in the back to fit different head sizes. Cost is $24.85. Purchase your headband for hope and donate one to a girl with cancer at headbandsofhope.org
Let There be Wine
Charity Wines make the perfect gift for the sports fan on your list. The site partners with professional athletes and celebrities to create wines that help raise funds for a variety of charities throughout the country. To search the site and find a retailer, go to:http://charitywines.com. Hurry, charity wines are exclusively single run wines. Once they are sold out they are retired and no longer available.
Knits for Life is an Etsy store that makes ethical goods for everyday people. She uses mostly all organic, recycled, and natural farm-direct materials for her knit wear. For every hand made item purchased, a tree will be planted through The Nature Conservancy. To browse the shop for your favorite, go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitsForLife.
Bottom line: This is the Season of Giving so give the people you love a gift that gives to people you don’t know who need your help :) HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!!