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Gifts That Give Back Under $50

Gifts That Give Back, Living & Giving

Happy Sunday! We’re in the home stretch now for holiday shopping, especially if you’re planning to purchase items online. In my second gift guide, you will find items that folks ranging from foodies to techies will love. My favorites? The Giving Keys sweatshirt and the LSTN wooden headphones. Check out the roundup below.


1. This book is what happens when celeb chefs unite for children, $26

2. A must-have item for the resident do-gooder in your crew, $50

3. Of course charity:water designed a cool wooden phone case, $35

4. How about pairing these winter mugs with a hot cocoa kit, $48

5. These six lip colors help support the MAC AIDS Fund, $40

6. Smell good and do good with this perfume from Clinique, $38

7. Give the gift of snuggle with a cute throw, $30

8. A little pop of color in the home is always a good thing, $38

9. These chocolates are almost too pretty to eat (almost), $30

10. Zebra wood headphones make a great gifts for music lovers, $50


P.S. Looking for charitable gifts under $25? Here you go.

Gifts That Give Back Under $25

Gifts That Give Back, Living & Giving

Happy Holidays, everyone! With two weeks until Christmas, we are deep into gift-giving season. Every year, I come across gifts that give back, but I’ve never compiled an official gift guide. That ends today (obviously). I’ve compiled three guides designed to meet various budget needs.

First up, gifts under $25.



1. The cutest moccasins for your favorite little one, $21

2. A little ankara makes this tee perfect, $18

3. Gold leather earrings perfect for a night out, $24

4. This handmade teensy beanie makes a great baby gift, $23

5. Kiehl’s is giving its famous crème the “Norman Rockwell” treatment, $18

6. May your note cards be merry and bright, $12

7. “Build your tomorrow” with a little arm candy, $15

8. Give these cool pencils and support Kenyan children’s education, $10

9. EOS and Nicole by OPI bring you the best stocking stuffer, $10

10. These unique coasters support Haitian artisans, $20

The UNICEF note cards are my favorite for sure. See anything on this list that you like? The next two guides are on their way. Stay tuned!


TOMS for Target In Stores Now!

Beauty & Style, Gifts That Give Back

Last year, Target brought us the charitable collaboration with FEED Projects. This year, everyone’s favorite retailer has partnered with the original “One-for-One” social enterprise to bring us the TOMS for Target collection. There are more than 50 items in the holiday collection, all under $50. I know that we’re all used to TOMS footwear, but there are also items like candles, blankets, and accessories for all.

The TOMS for Target collection has the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need. Every purchase of clothing, accessory and home good purchase will lead to a donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need.

Take a look at some of my favorite items from the collection below. You can view all of the items here and head to your nearest Tarjay to get your hands on the goods.

Photos: Target

7 Charitable Gifts To Scoop This Weekend

Gifts That Give Back, Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

While I know that many of you have already completed your holiday shopping, I know that many more of you probably haven’t even started. I planned to put up a gift guide with zillions of charitable items until I realized that many of you are going to just hit up your local mall or shopping center for these last minute items versus ordering online. So, I decided to just feature 7 cool gifts that you can pick up while out this weekend. No shipping anxiety here!

1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Limited Edition Products (Kiehl’s Stores) | 2. Tiny Grey TOMS Classics (Anywhere TOMS are sold) | 3. Belvedere Red (Your favorite spirits retailer) | 4. Heart of Haiti Metal Bowl (Macy’s) | 5.  Goofy Hooded Towel (Barney’s New York) | 6. Beats by Dre Red (Best Buy) | 7. MAC Viva Glam Holiday Set (MAC Counters + Stores)

Seen on TV: Gifts that Give Back

Gifts That Give Back

This morning on Live with Kelly, Kelly Ripa aired a segment focused on gifts that give back. There was something for everyone on the list. The items included some TFG favorites like TOMS, (Belvedere) Red Limited-Edition Vodka, and Philosophy Charity Shower Gel, but also featured products that I didn’t know about!

Apple (PRODUCT) Red iPad Smart Cover – Each purchase supports the Global Fund to fight AIDS/HIV in Africa.


Tory Burch Foundation Cosmetic Case – Supports the work of the Tory Burch Foundation, an organization started in 2009 to provide economic opportunity to American women and their families


Jack Robie “Luke” Chambray Shirt – A portion of all proceeds benefits Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp which helps children and their families cope with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses.


If you’re a late shopper and still looking for ideas, check out the complete list here.


PB Teen Holiday Décor for St. Jude

Gifts That Give Back

Pottery Barn Teen (PB Teen) has these cute holiday décor items that are not only perfect for the teen in your life, but also support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bonus: Standard shipping (5-7 days) is FREE, so if you order now, you should have in time for Christmas!

Sparkly Sequin Word Pillow Covers, $29

Sherpa Stocking, $12

Additionally, PB Teen will make a $5 donation with the purchase of an e-gift card. To learn more about the company’s committment to St. Jude’s, visit


P.S. Do you have an page? Swap your current background image for a St. Jude’s branded one and AOL will donate $1 to the research hospital (up to $10,000). I updated mine yesterday!

My Home Needs a Style Lift – GIVEAWAY

Gifts That Give Back, Living & Giving

My apartment is in desperate need of a style lift. I’ve lived there for over 4 years, and it still looks like I just moved in. I think the fanciest thing that I’ve done is hang gorgeous purple curtains in the living room and buy some gray/purple/burgundy pillows for my couch. I have always been in a state of transition in that apartment and that has been the sole reason for my lack of decoration. I always feel like I’m about to move or I want to move, so why turn my house into a home?

While I haven’t quite found a place that makes me feel like Tiffany’s*, I think that I’m finally going to try and pull my place together before the spring gets here. That means coming up with a color palette for each room, creating a list of furniture to purchase (a dining room table tops this list), and finally breaking out the paint. When I first moved in, I bought two gallons of paint (deep red and a sienna) to add some warmth to my stark white walls. But, four years later, those gallons are in the closet along with shelves, candles, picture frames, and various other decor pieces that have brought more flair to my closet than my walls.

Well, thanks to the Lavish Giving gift certificate that I won a couple a months ago, I’ve found some vases that I must add to my bedroom. I like the earth tones/turquoise palette for my bedroom, so I am ordering the vases below in turquoise and brown.


Aren’t they great? Aside from being the 2010 color of the year, turquoise is a favorite color of mine because it reminds me of the lake on a sunny day or the ocean. *sigh* I’m looking forward to installing a shelf in the room and adding these guys. I won’t post any before pictures of my apartment but as things start coming together, I will definitely sprinkle some after pics on the site.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! *throws confetti*

I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to Lavish Giving! Lavish Giving has a great selection of gifts, stationary, and, of course, home decor. Even better is the fact that a portion of your total is contributed to a charity of your choice. I plan on donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (no surprise there)!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is respond in the comments to the question below.

“What’s your favorite way to give your home a quick style lift? Adding pillows? Buying candles? Etc?”

I’m looking forward to reading some of your tips because I’m really need to pull this together asaptually!!! I will randomly select the winner tomorrow at 3p, so make sure that your comment is up before then. Oh, and it sounds simple, but don’t forget to include your email and/or Twitter handle. Good luck, guys!


*In “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Holly says that when she finds a place that makes her feel like Tiffany’s (calm and secure), then maybe she’d buy some furniture for her apartment. One of my favorite lines in the whole movie because I understand her COMPLETELY!