To Give is To Receive: Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Giving a gift is always a thoughtful gesture, but it is made even more meaningful when you know that your gift is also giving back to those in need. Check out these great gift ideas that allow you to provide some much-needed holiday cheer to those less fortunate this holiday season.

Shape Mags

Shape Mags are innovative magnetic tile building sets that allow little builders to create castles, bridges, trains, buildings, pyramids, rockets, their name, the possibilities are endless. Shape mags come in train track sets, gates and fences, frames, arches, windows, doors, vehicle bases, and much more. Shine a flashlight through their magnetic structures to explore shadows and color. Or, try building in the window or on the overhead projector to create a colorful reflection and great hands-on learning fun. Kids are only limited by their own imagination to put together a morning or afternoon of creative fun. And if they need a little help coming up with ideas, Shape Mags building sets also includes instructions that provide a wide variety of visual examples.

Shape Mags has partnered with Chai Lifeline, an international health support network that helps families with children with serious illnesses and cancers. Shape Mags is donating .25 per every follow people make on Chai Life social media accounts.

Finn + Emma

Voted one of the “10 Best Sustainable Baby Brands” by Vogue magazine, Finn + Emma focuses on sustainability, fair trade, and organically grown cottons. But, thhey are also they are also contemporary, whimsical, and sophisticated. Check out their new Fairytale and Totem collection joining their existing organic apparel and toy collections, which include their Do-Goodies which are made of upcycled scraps of Finn + Emma products. These squishy, soft, hand-sewn in the USA loveys make a great gift for under $25.00.

A portion of the purchase will be donated directly to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play so they can thrive.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry

Isabelle Grace Jewelry makes simple, beautiful, and elegant pieces inspired by the most important things in life - and worn by many celebrities!

Isabelle Grace celebrates and cherishes adoption with the Hello Sunshine Necklace and a portion of purchases will be donated to the National Adoption Council. Featuring a beautifully handcrafted sterling silver sun charm with the message “Oh Happy Day” on the front and “When You Came” on the back, this precious piece is sure to make you smile. To make it extra special, a Petite Initial can be added.

Isabelle Grace also has a special breast cancer line and donates portions of the sale of several other designs, including this adorable heart necklace to the American Cancer Society.

Lorena Canals

Lorena Canals eco chic cushions are machine-washable and easy to clean. Each cushion is individually, carefully hand crafted with artisans making each one unique and no two are alike. They are made from all natural cotton, non-toxic dyes, and are soft and comfortable cushions.

Lorena Canals is socially responsible and does not employ child labor in any of their activities. Lorena Canals also finances the education of over 100 children in northern India by donating a portion of each sale to a local nursery and school, giving those children the opportunity to decide their own future.

Bears for Humanity

Bears for Humanity was founded by husband and wife team, Vijay and Renju Prathap.   The couple realized soon after they gave birth to their twins that there was a void in the market place for a socially responsible company. Manufactured in United States, Bears for Humanity products are made from 100% organic cotton shells, uses only GOTS certified cotton, recycled materials, and are handcrafted in the U.S.A. The organic cotton shells ship to the United States where the bears are hand crafted, hand sewn, filled, fluffed and literally come to life. As part of the company’s mission to help those in need, Bears for Humanity trains and employs workers in the Northern California region who participate in California’s welfare-to-work program, Calworks. Each bear takes approximately an hour to create from start to finish. For each bear purchased, one is given to child in need.

Hasbro

Hasbro is a company that makes kids throughout the world happy with Disney Princess dolls, Star Wars Light Sabers, Play-Doh and more. Whatever your child’s interest, from Elmo to board games, there is a Hasbro toy that your child will be happy to open this year.

Hasbro gives back in many ways through its philanthropic programs. They are the one of the largest sponsors of Marine Toys for Tots and they founded Be Fearless Be Kind. But Hasbro doesn’t just give back around the holidays, every week throughout the year they bring Christmas to Give Kids the World Village near Orlando where Santa gives “Wish Children” facing life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, the perfect gift. This adds up to a donation of over 18,000 toys a year. Hasbro gives back to Give Kids the World in other ways by sending employee volunteers to help scoop ice cream and otherwise make sure every child has a magical experience on their once-in-lifetime Wish Trip.

Rockin Baby

Rockin’ Baby is a stylish, quality children's apparel and accessories brand that is a one-for-one concept: for every item purchased, an item is donated to a mother or child in need. Since its founding in 2002 as a sling & pouch company, Rockin' Baby has donated 50,000 slings to families in Kenya and Haiti. In September 2015, they launched their first apparel collection that is Child to Child. Since then, the company has donated nearly 230,000 items of clothing through Child Fund International.

Cheryl Saban

Cheryl Saban Designs features designs carefully crafted with Cheryl's own hands, making the result of her artisanal talents the perfect unique gift for anyone, including yourself. In addition to being a glass blower and jeweler, and weaver Cheryl is a former United Nations Representative and advocate for women and children. Cheryl is as well known for her generous charitable work as she is for her art. She gives a percentage of each sale back to the community, rotating charity organizations every three months.  

Keen

KEEN Kids Footwear is inspired by a love of the outdoors and makes outdoor and casual footwear that anyone would be happy to unwrap during the holidays. In addition to being a high-quality, trend-forward brand, you can feel good about supporting KEEN as they are committed to preserving the places we all play, and they have a long history of supporting good causes through the KEEN Effect and Hybrid Care programs.

Read Between The Lines

Read Between The Lines makes chic art prints that transform bedrooms to festive wine bags and napkins that bring laughter to a party, making them a great choice for the holidays. But, not only will these products benefit you, but the brand donates a percentage of each purchase to Mana Nutrition and Rolling Dog Farm. Mana Nutrition addresses severe cases of childhood malnutrition across the globe and Rolling Dog Farm provides safe and loving permanent homes for disabled dogs and horses.

AeroMax Toys

AeroMax Toys features tons of fun toys from very real-looking Astronaut costumes to parachute packs. But, Charitable giving is an important component of the company’s business plan with thousands of toys and costumes donated to Kids Wish Network and Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.).

Bluebee Pals

Bluebee Pals are Bluetooth enabled plush friends who stream any song or story you play. Lip synchronization means that Bluebee Pals can interact with your child in any language. Bluebee Pals donates to schools and organizations across the country for use in their classrooms and therapy sessions. Hundreds of special needs educators say that these talking tech buddies” encourage communication, language use, attentiveness, sensory processing, and positive behaviors in children who need a little encouragement.

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