Holiday gifts that give back
For Toms, charity is a year-round endeavor.
But this holiday season, the shoe company known for its buy-one/give-one policy is making a bigger splash by teaming with Target for an extensive collection that goes way beyond that recognizable footwear. The collection for men, women and children has some 65 items, none costing more than $50. And true to company policy, for each purchase, the program will give a blanket, meals or shoes to a variety of charities.
It goes without saying that Target is not alone when it comes to feeling charitable. Shoppers who want to feel good about their purchases can find gifts just about everywhere -- from organizations such as UNICEF and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to major department stores, to small local shops.
There are diamonds, there are doggy treats -- something for everyone on your list.
Your gift is the good that you'll do.
100 Good Deeds bracelet(Credit: 100 Good Deeds)
Get motivated to do your own good with this 100 Good Deeds bracelet created by Mary Fisher and Thomas Morgan. Hand-braided by women in Africa, Haiti, Indonesia and India, (Fisher travels to train them), each bracelet is made up of 100 unique glass beads. Each time you perform a good deed (anonymously, by the way), whether large or small, you move the bracelet's single rubber ring one bead closer toward the "1GD" button until you've performed 100. All profits are invested back into the program benefiting the women who create them; $30 (in 18 colors) at 100gooddeeds.org.
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine portable palette(Credit: Laura Mercier)
Laura Mercier's Bonne Mine portable palette of blushes and bronzers wakes the face, with all proceeds going to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund; $48 at makeup counters or lauramercier.com.
"Imagine" scarf(Credit: Hungerthon)
Scarf inspired by John Lennon's "Imagine" with depictions of his iconic doodle and a replica of his autograph; $30 at hungerthon.org, with all proceeds going to the organization's efforts to fight hunger.
Anne Taylor elephant pendant(Credit: St. Jude's)
Elephants are thought to bring good luck (plus they live for a very long time) so Anne Taylor has created a selection of elephant-themed jewelry to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Here, the pendant; $39.50 in select Anne Taylor stores and online, with half the proceeds going to the hospital.
Michael Aram snow globe(Credit: Bloomingdale's)
Michael Aram snow globe; $75 at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com, with 5 per cent of purchase price going to the Child Mind Institue to support children's mental health care at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com
Gund holiday teddy bear(Credit: Bloomingdales)
Gund holiday teddy bear; $18 at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com, with $2 going to the Child Mind Institute to support children's mental health care.
Toms for Target(Credit: Target)
With each purchase from the Toms for Target collection (50 items, all under $50),Target will donate a blanket, meals or shoes to the Red Cross and several other charities. Here the gray poncho, $28, and graphic tee, $16; in stores and online.
Treasure and Bond sweater(Credit: Treasure and Bond)
Fair Isle chunky funnel neck sweater; $78 by Treasure and Bond, Nordstrom's first-ever private label give-back brand at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com. Five percent of net profits will go to Girls Inc., an organization that works to empower women and girls.
Artisan pillow(Credit: Inigo Elizalde)
Artisan pillows by Inigo Elizalde; $85 at accompanyus.com, with all proceeds going to disaster relief in the Philippines.
The Body Shop Schoolbook of Joy(Credit: The Body Shop)
The Body Shop has joined with the organization War Child to help provide education in war-torn areas. Here, the Schoolbook of Joy, with Vanilla Brulee body butter, shower gel, lip balm and soap; $15 at select Body Shops, with a portion of the proceeds going to War Child.
MMM-MWAH mug(Credit: Nordstrom)
MMM-MWAH mug; a portion of all proceeds will be donated to causes that fight ovarian cancer; $13 at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital tie(Credit: St. Jude)
Men's tie with fanciful illustrations of international children and flags; benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; $22 at giftshop.stjude.org.
Lafayette 148 New York shirt(Credit: Lafayette 148 New York)
Life coach Iyanla Vanzant is one of three women who designed a white shirt for Lafayette 148 New York's White Shirt Project, with each design benefitting the children charity of her choosing. The Iylana blouse is $348 at lafayette148nyc.com, with 30 percent going to the National Cares Mentoring Movement.
Vegan leather Holly Quilted Jacket by ASTARS(Credit: ASTARS)
Vegan leather Holly Quilted Jacket by ASTARS; $189 at astarswomens.com, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to the humanitarian organization CARE.
"Pinot for Paws" gift box(Credit: One Hope Wine)
"Pinot for Paws" gift box includes one bottle of California Pinot Noir (for human slurping) and doggy toys and treats for the pooch; half the profits benefit ASPCA animal adoption programs; $49 at onehopewine.com.
"Women as Bamboo" pendant(Credit: Ambalu Jewelers)
The "Women as Bamboo" pendant by Patti Hogarty comes in several silver or gold variations; $75 to $1,000 at Ambalu Jewelers, East Hills, with 40 percent of the proceeds going to the Women's Fund of Long Island.
Buddha of Compassion(Credit: Glenn Bradford)
The 13th annual Glenn Bradford "Shop for Charity" event runs through Christmas, with the designer donating 10 per cent of sales from his spiritual collection to one of several local charities. Here, the Buddha of Compassion in anti-tarnish sterling silver with a burnished ruby and diamond; $775 at his Port Washington boutique or glennbradford.com.
Four Directions pendant(Credit: Fortunoff)
Four Directions pendant in sterling silver with amethyst stones is meant to evoke the comfort of a hug; $100 at Fortunoff, Westbury, or fortunoffjewelry.com with proceeds going to the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
La Prairie gift set(Credit: La Prairie)
A lavish gift set from La Prairie from the Skin Caviar line, includes sleep mask, eye lift cream and a lavender-scented pillow packaged in a pretty silver clutch; $300 at select Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's stores.
Ginger Forest shoulder bag(Credit: UNICEF)
Ginger Forest shoulder bag by Om Prakash of India; $29.99 at market.unicefusa.org, with a portion of the proceeds going to UNICEF.
Dangling fringe pendant(Credit: Accompanyus)
Dangling fringe pendant Odin necklace with black hematite stones is handmade in India; $270 at accompanyus.com, with proceeds going to the CFDA's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.
Treasure & Bond skinny jeans(Credit: Nordstrom)
Coated skinny jeans by Treasure & Bond, Nordstrom's private label give-back brand; $98 in stores and online, with 5 percent of net profits going to Girls, Inc., an organization that works to empower women and girls.
Liza Minnelli ornament(Credit: Broadway Cares)
Liza Minnelli, decked out in red to conjure the Halston gown she wore when she won a Tony for "The Act," is this year's Broadway Legend ornament from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; $55 at broadwaycares.org.
Kiehl's holiday gift set(Credit: Kiehl's)
The iconic Norman Rockwell painting "Young Love: Sledding" is used in Kiehl's holiday collection, including this gift set (body cream, shampoo, hand salve, facial cream, body wash and a sample of midnight recovery complex); 100 percent of net profits goes to Feeding America; $45 in stores and at kiehls.com.