Gifts that give a little bit more

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE   by Samantha Conforti

     ‘Tis the season of giving! Why not give a gift that keeps on giving?

      Today, so many companies are teaming up with organizations to spread awareness about important issues and raise money for those in need. This holiday season, by giving one gift you not only are making a loved one happy, you’re doing a good deed for society.

     I have compiled a list of gifts that allows you to not only give great presents, but also feel good about spending the cash!

            For mom– Pottery Barn’s Etched Mercury Spiced Vanilla Filled Votives, Candlepots, or Etched Mercury Rose Candlepot. These candles range from $19.50 to $29.50 and benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

            For dad– Nike’s Livestrong Dri-Fit Logo T-shirt $25, proceeds go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer.

            For sister– MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Lipstick $14.50 or Viva Glam Melt Your Heart Lip Bag $36, both benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, the fund creates innovative programs that deal directly with victims of HIV and AIDS.

            For brother– GAP Ancho(RED) in Hope (PRODUCT) RED T-shirt $24.95, benefits the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.

            For boyfriend– Chickens In Love, Vinyl Format, $15.99, various artists recorded the album to raise money for 826LA writing programs for children.

Purchase the Chickens In Love album to support 826LA writing programs for kids.

            For girlfriend– Kate Spade Hand in Hand Idiom Bangle $58, proceeds go to Women for Women International, an organization that works with women in war-torn countries who are enrolled in a one-year program where they learn job skills and receive business training to they can earn a living.

            For best friend (girl)- If under 21, Build-A-Bear WWF Fennec Fox $25, benefits the World Wildlife Fund in their pursuit to save endangered animals and their habitats.

            If 21 and over, Fledgling Wine $25; $5 of each purchase goes to Room to Read a wonderful charity that spreads childhood literacy around the world.

            For best friend (guy)– TOMS Campus Classics $48, TOMS benefits One For One. For every pair of shoes you purchase, one pair will be donated to a child in need.

       If none of these spark your interest, you could always make a donation to a charity of your loved one’s choosing in their name, and you will receive credit for a thoughtful gift and your friends and family will be satisfied the money went to a good cause.

       Make this a holiday season no one will ever forget!

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