Gifts That Keep on Giving: Part 1

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Looking for a gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays have past? Then check out these suite options:

1. Aid to Artisans in Morocco
Photo credit: Courtesy of Aid To Artisans

Mirror, mirror on her wall. This eclectic one will reflect some world good along with her pretty face. Not only does it benefit the environment by preventing misprinted food- and drink-can metal from filling up landfills, but the purchase of this handmade mirror benefits Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit that provides economic opportunities to artisans in developing countries. (www.atawebstore.com, $28)

2. Philosophy She Colors My Day

Give your mom a reason to relax with Philosophy's She Colors My Day bubble bath. Philosophy will donate 100 percent of its net proceeds to women's cancer research. $20, www.philosophy.com

3. TheBalm to the Rescue Vegan Lip Treatment

Extraordinary girls deserve extraordinary lip balm, which is why theBalm offers vegan lip treatment that is designed to leave any girl's lips soft and kissable! All of its net proceeds will go to Pug Rescue, which helps abused dogs. $14, www.thebalm.com

4. Toms Picnic Canvas Shoes

Treat your dad to a new pair of shoes and help those with no shoes at all. For every pair Toms sells, one pair will be given to a child in need. $42, www.tomsshoes.com

5. Teddy Trust for HIV/AIDS
Photo credit: Courtesy of The Body Shop
All those good deeds can wreak havoc on the muscles. This acacia wood Total Body Massager from the Body Shop has two sets of roller balls to knead out tension. The massager provides muscle relief, and the fact that its purchase supports the Teddy Trust, which promotes HIV and AIDS awareness, means she'll even be socially conscious when she's relaxing. (www.thebodyshop-usa.com, $18)

6. Shemergency Survival Kit

Any girl-on-the-go is bound to run into a minor beauty catastrophe, and this Shemergency Survival Kit by Ms. & Mrs. is full of immediate solutions to save the day! This portable kit also helps raise awareness for breast cancer. $20, www.msandmrs.com

7. American Red Cross
Photo credit: Courtesy of the American Red Cross

If it sounds strange to link a romantic quality with a charity that aids victims of war and natural disasters, all one has to do is look at this fantastic umbrella, or imagine pretty nurses tending to handsome soldiers during World War I. Either way, the vintage American Red Cross promotional posters (by Norman Rockwell and other greats) that adorn this umbrella are sure to brighten any rainy day. As will the thought that carrying it supports one of America's favorite charities. (redcrossstore.org, $34.95)

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