Gift Ideas that Give Back this Christmas {2012}

If you are like me you may be feeling like gift giving is overrated.  I mean, we love to buy for our kids (within reason) but I just don’t see buying an item because I “have to”.  I don’t think that is what Christmas is all about and it never will be for me.  I do however enjoy giving a gift that has a lot of thought put into it, is handmade, local, gives back or all of the above.  Here is a great list of ideas if you feel like you are in the same boat.

FashionABLE

A non-profit company that helps sustain jobs for women in Africa.  These scarves are gorgeous and handmade by women in Africa who are looking to better their lives for themselves and their families.  Prices range from $28-$40 and the quality is absolutely amazing.  Each scarf comes with a tag about the woman who created it.

fashionable scarves

Monkeez

These adorable plush animals are not just cute, but beneficial.  10% of your purchase goes towards charity.  You can also select different “Do Good” cards for your children in order to encourage good character.  These can be redeemed online for Monkey Island Game incentives.   A win/win for all!  You can find these starting at about $7.

monkeez

Macy’s Heart of Haiti

Beautiful is an understatement with these pieces.  You will find gorgeous home decor and kitchenware crafted by Haitian artisans.  The best part is that 50% of the wholesale price goes directly back to the artisan.

macys

NOVICA

This is one of my favorite go-to sites when I am looking for something extra special.  NOVICA supports local artisans in many countries around the world.  You can browse by category or regions.  I have NEVER been disappointed when purchasing from NOVICA.

St. Jude

Many of you are probably familiar with this charity, but did you know that they also have a wonderful gift shop that gives back?  With the way cancer and other terminal illnesses have touched friends and family around me, this has always been on my gift giving idea list.

Feel free to leave comments below with other Gift Ideas that Give Back!

*image credits: FashionAble, Monkeez, Macy’s, NOVICA, St. Jude’s

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Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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