'Tis better to give than receive, especially with gifts that give in other ways by donating part (or all) of the proceeds to worthy causes. Here are some great gifts that are equal parts style & heart:
Gift: Michael Kors Sutton clutch
Worthy Cause: God's Love We Deliver
They provide nutritious, home-cooked meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer & other serious illnesses who are otherwise unable to prepare meals for themselves
$395 at GodsLoveWeDeliver.org
Gift: Brushed silver Darfur charm
Worthy Cause: Help Darfur Now
Since 2003, an estimated 3 million people have been displaced in Darfur, Sudan, and around 500 die...daily. Inspired by the prisoner-of-war bracelets worn during the 1970s as a symbol of solidarity and hope for liberation, these eyecatching pendants inscribed with the word Darfur were co-created by artisan jewelry Jane Diaz in collaboration with Help Darful Now. Founded by three high school students, it has since grown to include over 250 high school chapters, all mobilizing to raise funds for the victims of this genocide. The hand charm symbolizes support & the heart, compassion. $100 at ABCHomeAndPlanet.org.
Gift: Viva Glam lipstick or lipglass
Worthy Cause: MAC AIDS Fund
Stocking up on any of the various flattering shades means that 100% of the selling price goes to the MAC Fund which supports the fight against HIV/AIDS. They also spread the love with their MAC Good Spirits program which teaches patients undergoing cancer treatments beauty techniques to help restore their appearance & self image. To date, MAC Cosmetics has raised over $100 million for the Fund. $14 at MACCosmetics.com.
Gift: iPod (PRODUCT) RED
Worthy Cause: The Global Fund
Sleek & ultra-thin, the 8GB version can play up to 8 hours of video on a single charge or hold 2,000 songs. As part of the (PRODUCT) RED program, a portion goes to the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa by distributing anti-retroviral medicines, and focusing in particular on women & children. To date, the campaign has raised almost $50 million for the Fund, of which more than $30 million has gone directly to grants in Ghana, Rwanda & Swaziland. $200 at Apple.com.
Gift: George Clooney (sort of)
Worthy Cause: CARE International
Designed by the heart throb as a self portrait, a portion of the proceeds of this Zrike mug goes to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty through education, increased access to clean water & sanitation, preventing the spread of HIV, expanding economic opportunity & protecting natural resources. In particular, they focus on poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. $20 at NeimanMarcus.com.
- Lesley Scott
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