Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top 4 Gifts that Give Back - Holiday Gift Guide

If you're looking to be more charitable with your gifts this holiday season, there are several companies who make it easy for you to give back.

Of course, you can always donate money in someone's name, but if you think they'd rather receive something tangible in their gift box than a piece of paper, you can purchase something for them that is cool but that also supports a cause.

Check out these awesome gifts that your gift recipients are sure to enjoy. You'll feel good about making the purchase and your gift recipient will feel good about wearing/using it!

1. Hickory Farms
Hickory Farms sausage is one of my favorite things to eat, and the company always has great gift baskets for the holiday season. The company is also introducing new cheese flavors, including my favorite Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika. Hickory Farms also has a "give back" program. For every Party Planner Gift Box sold this year, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, which provides funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, and long-term solutions for families in need.

2. Banded 2gether
These colorful and fashion-forward elastic headbands not only look great on your head (especially for my favorite tuck-and-roll hairstyle), but they are also a "give back" purchase. Partnered with Amazima Ministries, Banded headbands are making a difference for children in Uganda. Each headband purchased helps Banded support Amazima's feeding programs. One headband equals three meals.

3. World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with communities, families, and children worldwide to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of injustice and poverty. There are several handcrafted gifts to choose from this holiday season, and each one benefits a different community and cause. For instance, the deliciously fragrant Prosperity Cinnamon (Vietnam's renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree) is sold to benefit generations of hardworking families.
4. SoapBox
Not only is SoapBox a gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan-certified soap company (which you can read more about in my full review here), but the company also works to save and improve lives around the world and in the U.S. Whether you purchase the all-natural bar soap, liquid hand soap, or body wash, for each purchase, SoapBox will donate either a bar of soap, a month's supply of clean water, or a year's supply of vitamins.

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