Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday 2011 Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

While I still maintain that the best way to support a charity is to make a direct donation, these items make great gifts for anyone on your list, and they give back to worthy causes.

Holiday 2011 Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back

Top row:
Designed by Ed Ruscha (one of my favorite artists!), this benefits the Art Production Fund. Art Production Fund towel, $95

This peace pillow is from a collaboration between CB2 and Bawa La Tumaini, a fair trade organization that empowers impoverished Kenyans. watu kwa amani 20" pillow, $40

100% of the proceeds from these skinny jeans benefit City Year, a national service organization. J Brand City Year 811 Jeans, $144

Middle row:
Crafted from Vietnam War-era scrap metal, proceeds from this bracelet generate income for artisan families in Bali's Naphia Village. ARTICLE 22 peaceBOMB Arm Bangle, $40

25% of the proceeds from this cheery orange silk-modal scarf benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS.  Donna Karan Erase MS Scarf, $295

100% of proceeds from the sale of this woven bracelet go to the FECHAC Foundation to support its Expanding Children's Development Program in Mexico. PROJECT PAZ Woven Bracelet by Sara Beltran for Dezso, $65

Bottom row:
Everyone knows (and loves) TOMS shoes, and now they've added sunglasses—each pair purchased help TOMS give sight to one person in need—through medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses or sight-saving surgery. TOMS striped sunglasses, $145

15% of the proceeds from this colorful tote benefit Indego Africa, which supports women artisans and entrepreneurship in Rwanda. Nicole Miller Indego Africa Tote Bag, $60

There are several high-profile celebrities that created mugs for Zrike Co.'s "Whatever it Takes" campaign, but George Clooney's is my favorite, and 20% of proceeds go to his charity of choice, the 21st Century Leaders and CARE International. Zrike Co. Whatever It Takes George Clooney Mug, $15

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