Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back

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By Janice Somosot | December 19, 2013 4:55 PM EST

This particular Holiday 2013 Gift Guide features wonderful gifts that give back to those in need. It's a great feeling to receive gifts, but when you are giving gifts, it's even better. Whether you will be the giver or the receiver of gifts this season, it's a nice touch that someone else will benefit from this traditional exchange of gifts this Christmas. Some of the products mentioned in this gift guide include nail polish, makeup, accessories and even a bike! Check out the Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back below.

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back:

 

1.      Philosophy to Believe Shower Gel - $20/16 oz.; philosophy.com

This shower gel which can also be used as a shampoo and a bubble bath, not only makes you squeaky clean, it also smells wonderful because of its cranberry currant scent. More importantly, it helps alleviate hunger because 100% of philosophy's net proceeds from the sale of this product will benefit the charity WhyHunger, which aims to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to affordable and nutritious food. WhyHunger also supports grassroots solutions that inspire community empowerment as well as self-reliance. This project is done in collaboration with singer Jackie Evancho, whose song lyrics ("To Believe) appears on the shower gel's bottle. Check it out below.

"before i lay me down to rest, i must ask one small request. i know i have all i could need, but this prayer is not for me. too many people on this day don't have what they may need. i pray for a day when hunger will pass away. believe in a day when everyone has plenty, and let me always try to believe that we can hear the hearts that grieve." reads Jackie Evancho's song lyrics from her single "To Believe."

2.      RuPaul's The Original Viva Glam Lipstick - MAC, $15; maccosmetics.com.

Mac's Viva Glam is a perfect gift for all the glamazons out there. The original Viva Glam Girl, which features a ruby shade from RuPaul, is brought back this season. As with other Mac Viva Glam lipsticks, every cent of its sales will go towards helping women, men, and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

3.      The Uniform Bike - Pure Fix, $325; toms.com/marketplace.

For every Pure Fix Cycles Uniform Bike sold, $100 goes to charity:water which brings safe, clean drinking water to developing countries including the Philippines, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. It's a beautiful bike with a gloss yellow frame (frame size = 54cm), black fork and deep-dish wheels. It also has a front-brake standard to guarantee the bike rider's safety.

4.      Sandy Hook Green nail polish -  OPI, $26; store.sandyhookpromise.org

OPI nail polish in a beautiful emerald green not only beautifies nails this Christmas, but also supports Sandy Hook Promise ("I Promise to join other parents to encourage and support sensible solutions that help prevent gun violence in our communities and our country," states the Sandy Hook Promise on its official Web site.) The green color represents the Sandy Hook Elementary's school colors. According to InStyle magazine, all the proceeds from the sales of this nail polish will aid the families of Newtown and promote an open dialogue about gun safety, school safety and mental health.

5.      Purple Passion Triple Wrap Bracelet -  GreenSewn, $39.20; designedgood.com

This gorgeous and stylish bracelet made of vintage silk saris, supports upcycling and charity. With each purchase of this bracelet, Trees for the Future will plant a tree. Because of this venture, GreenSewn has already planted over 38,000 trees!

This 2013 make the holidays so much more meaningful by giving gifts that help other people as well. That way, you are not just giving a loved one a thoughtful gift, but also another human being can benefit from the simple act of giving presents on Christmas. After all, Christmas is the season of giving, right? Hopefully, this Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back will direct you on the right path of buying presents that benefit the needy. Click HERE for more gifts that give back and do good.  

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