The #TOAPGiftGuide for today is one that will benefit more than just you and your family. All of these gifts give back to others in some way. These gifts are not only beautiful but help make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Shine Bright Like the Stars mug – Ally B Designs – $15
Coffee mugs with gorgeous messages are a hot commodity these days and this mug is no exception. With bold text and fun star accents this mug will bring a smile to your face. And the back of the mug will start your day on a positive note, with the text of Daniel 13:3 written. Ally B Designs donates $1 from every sale of this mug to a children’s charity. For the months of November and December these proceeds will be going to the Make A Wish foundation.
Ingabire print – Tales of a Peanut – $12+
The words Luke uses in his retelling of The Christmas Story paint a beautiful picture that this story is for all people of the world, without exception. That’s why I chose this verse when I wanted to create a print that would reinforce the freedom of this gift for everyone. This gold foil print was created as a free gift to customers in October who purchased and helped send Christmas cards to children without sponsors in Compassion’s program. It was then the front of the Christmas cards that we sent to those children. With the deadline to send cards passed, 5% of the proceeds from this print will go to support unsponsored children throughout the year with the Compassion program.
Essential Oil Pouch (large) – Kiwi and Hope – $30
Essential oils are everywhere these days and many attribute numerous benefits to using them. We had less sickness last year during the winter when I was diffusing them than we have in years past so while I don’t use them every day I do pull mine out on occasion. For those who like to always keep their oils with them, this large pouch is the perfect gift. It has a padded insert to hold 12 15 ml oil bottles within the large pouch. Not only will this make a beautiful addition to an essential oil collection, but Kiwi and Hope always donates 10% of their proceeds to a charity related to orphan prevention, orphan care, and adoption. For the months of November through January they will be giving their proceeds to Show Hope which cares for orphans.
The Story Isn’t Over Yet Mug – She Does Justice – $15
With a rich black interior and an extra large size, this mug might become your favorite for hot cocoa this season. And the message will remind you and everyone that sees you that your past doesn’t define your future. She Does Justice is another shop that donates 10% of the proceeds from their entire shop to various charities. What’s special about She Does Justice is that they let you designate the type of charity that you want your proceeds to support at checkout. You can choose from charities that support adoption, empowering young women, healthcare in Africa, orphan prevention, and anti sex-trafficking.
Strong Roots – BeMoShe – $32
This super soft hoodie triblend tee will quickly become your go to t-shirt in your closet. Especially since you’ll remember every time you wear it that your purchase supported a cause that is working to eradicate SIDS. A portion of the proceeds from this tee will go to the CJ Foundation for SIDS whose priority is the health and survival of all babies through their first year of life. This t-shirt is part of BeMoShe’s guest designer series which changes every month. This is November’s design and also comes in onesies and kids t-shirts. You can read about their guest designer series on their blog.
Birthday Tees – TypeBaby – $24
If your children are anything like mine they love talking about how old they are. These t-shirts are the perfect gift for them this year so they can show off their age all year long. Shirts are a super soft American Apparel poly/cotton blend shirt and are Made in the USA. And purchases of these shirts and anything in the TypeBaby shop go to support different charities. TypeBaby is donating 10% of the proceeds from their entire shop sales in November and December to the Little Giraffe Foundation which supports NICU families.
Sofia Dress and Leggings – Plaid Buttercup – $48
This adorable dress and leggings set will quickly become your little ones favorite winter outfit. The bright blue and greens and the interesting pattern will keep them begging for you to wash it so that they can wear it again. Plus the fabric is moisture wicking, soft, breathable, and wrinkle-free (do you hear that?!?! WRINKLE FREE!) so you’ll love it also. Plaid Buttercup is donating a portion of proceeds from this dress to Ruby’s Rainbow which strives to support the educational needs of adults with Down Syndrome.
Confidential: Semicolon – Emily and Eden – $85
This beautiful necklace combines precious metals with precious stories to create a necklace that makes much more than a fashion statement. If you don’t know, semicolons have been chosen as a symbol for those struggling with depression, anxiety, mental illness, and suicide (check out ProjectSemicolon for more info). This gorgeous necklace hides the semicolon symbol in the morse code for the character. Making your necklace a statement of your support of those struggling with those issues as well as accessorizing your wardrobe. For each Semicolon necklace purchased Emily and Eden donates $5 to Save.org which works as suicide awareness voices of education.
Striped Azalea Maxi – Ruby Claire Boutique – $48
This maxi dress can transition through all seasons making it a pivotal piece to have in your closet. The dress is at once romantic, modern, boho, and retro which most products couldn’t pull off but works beautifully in this dress. Ruby Claire Boutique has teamed up with the Cache Valley for Hope Cancer Foundation to give back 10% of all of their proceeds on the 10th of every month. This foundation supports cancer patients with their immediate financial needs as they undergo treatment.
Flamingo Color Block Personalized Journal – Meredith Collie Paper – $22
You can bring back hints of summer this Christmas season with this bright Flamingo Color Block notepad. These 5×7″ notepads are personalized and are available either with a spiral binding or as a perfect bound book. This entire Flamingos for a Cure line gives back 20% of all sales to the Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina.
Bucket Bag – Karama Collection – $195
This bag might be a splurge but it’s going to stand the test of time. Each bag is made of high quality full-grain Ethiopian leather and will patina over time to give it an even richer tone. These bags are made in Ethiopia bringing dignity and purposeful work to those who make them. This bag as well as the entire Karama Collection is a registered non-profit who reinvests their profits in artisans through product purchase. They also give back at least 15% of their total sales revenue each year to YoungLife Africa.
I don’t know about you but I am now thinking of ways to justify these purchases for myself since they’re really serving such a greater purpose. Grin. But, in all seriousness, these products would make beautiful gifts and also help you give back a little through your Christmas shopping. I know that there are more shops out there that donate to charities. If you’re one of them, leave your information in the comments so that we can shop with you as well!