It’s very easy to get swept away in the holiday spirit; Christmas music plays on the radio 24/7, decorated evergreen trees pop-up on every street corner and crowds in shopping malls triple in size.
As you shop for the perfect present, consider purchasing feel good gifts with a local and global impact. Here are nine of the best holiday gifts that give back.
1. Pink Tartan + Keurig Limited Edition Designer Cup, $19.99, keurig.ca
Fashion-lovers can start their day off by drinking a cup of Joe out of this limited edition designer cup by Keurig and Pink Tartan. The two have come together to raise funds to benefit the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, a cause close to Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Creative Director of Pink Tartan. You can give this gift to family and friends with confidence knowing 100 percent of the profits from the sale of this cup will go directly to the foundation.
2. 2014 Olympic Red Mittens, $10, Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com
Nothing says ‘I am Canadian’ more than the iconic Red Mittens introduced during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. This year Hudson’s Bay launched the fifth edition of its Red Mitten, a source of direct athlete funding through the Canadian Olympic Foundation. When you purchase a pair of Red Mittens $3.33 is donated to the foundation allowing them to support current Olympians, future Olympians and the sport system in Canada.
3. Links of London FEED Bracelets, $150/$195, linksoflondon.com
This holiday season help fight child hunger around the world by purchasing a Links of London FEED bracelet for your BFF. The bracelets come in several colors and silver charms, each engraved with the number of meals or days of clean drinking water that will be given per bracelet sold. The purchase of one of these bracelets could provide 500 days of clean drinking water for one child.
4. MAC Viva Glam The Original, $15, MAC counters and maccosmetics.com
Paint the town red by applying a knock-out shade of MAC Vivia Glam The Original lip gloss or lipstick to your lips on your next night out. Every cent of VIVA GLAM The Original products goes to the MAC AIDS Fund to help women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
5. Me to We Bound by Art Tee, $34.60, metowestyle.com
Give a style-conscious gift in the form of a classic, army-style tee designed by Aliya-Jasmine Sovani in collaboration with Me to We Style, part of the Free The Children organization. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, the Art Tee is eco-friendly and made from organic cotton. When you buy the Art Tee a tree is planted and 50 percent of the profits go to Free the Children to educate, engage and empower youth to become active local and global citizens.
6. Ugandan Stuffed Animal Ornaments, $7.99, select Danier mall stores
Lions, rhinos and zebras oh my! Danier has partnered with Children of Hope Uganda to sell these colorful, handcrafted holiday ornaments in select mall stores. Adding these fun-loving animals to your Christmas tree, as presents or as stocking stuffers will surprise and delight. All profits from the ornaments will benefit the charity supporting caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children, who are victims of more than 20 years of war in Northern Uganda.
7. Tweezerman Precision in Pink Slant Tweezer, $26, Sephora stores and sephora.com
Used by beauty professionals, celebrities and women around the world, Tweezerman has created a limited Pink Ribbon edition of its award-winning stainless steel slant tweezer. Decorated with the iconic Pink Ribbon symbol and Swarovski crystal, the Precision in Pink Slant Tweezer honors and supports breast cancer awareness, as well as makes for a handy addition to any makeup kit. A portion of this tweezer’s sales will be donated to breast cancer awareness organizations to fight the disease.
8. LUSH Knot-Wrap Climate Revolution Designed by Vivienne Westwood, $25.95, LUSH stores and lush.ca
Environmental warriors take action! Join British designer Vivienne Westwood in the fight against climate change by purchasing and wearing her exclusively designed LUSH Knot-Wrap. Available in pink and camel, these limited edition pieces are woven from 100 percent organic cotton by a UK-based artisan. Sold in LUSH stores and online, profits from the Knot-Wrap will go to support Climate Revolution, an organization dedicated to saving the Rainforest.
9. Me to We Charm Necklaces, $19.99-$22.99, metowe.com
Understated and elegant, the Me to We Charm Necklaces are made from recycled brass pieces and handcrafted by artisans in Free the Children communities worldwide. Available in lengths of 18” or 28” and in three charm styles – bird, horse or star – the necklaces are ethically sourced and sustainably made by these artisans who receive a fair wage for their work, usually up to two to three times more of what they were earning before.