Giving Tuesday 2015: Top 5 Best Christmas Gift Ideas

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Giving Tuesday is a day that’s all about giving something back. In the midst of the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday helps us to remember that we can use our money to enact global change. This day is a great occasion to to donate to your favorite charity, or do some holiday shopping from retailers that give a portion of their profits to charitable organizations. You can find charities you want to donate to here. If Giving Tuesday has put you in a charitable mood, we suggest shopping for Christmas gifts, with a focus on companies that give something back. We’ve rounded up five great gifts from companies that donate a portion of their proceeds to important charities. Read on to see some great Giving Tuesday-inspired gift ideas for all the people on your Christmas list.

Looking for more great gift ideas? Shop gifts that give back to charity here, or visit our Gifts section to get recommendations for all the people on your holiday shopping list.


1. Charitable Wines

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A number of wine companies will donate part of their profits to charity. Wine is a great holiday gift, especially if you’re in need of a hostess gift for a Christmas party. Two options we want to highlight are the Purple Star “Taste of Washington” mixed pack, and the ONEHOPE Holiday Dinner II wine mixed pack. Both packs include three bottles of wine.

15 percent of Purple Star’s proceeds go to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where the funds will be used to covered the costs of healthcare that wasn’t covered by insurance. ONEHOPE has donated over $1.5 million to a variety of charitable causes, including cancer research, children’s organizations, environmental charities, and much more.

Not sure if either of these options are right for your gifting needs? You can shop our recommendations for the best red wine, moscato wine, and best wine openers. You can also browse more affordable bottles of wine here.

Price: $40.80 for the Purple Star pack, $34.18 for the ONEHOPE pack

Buy the Purple Star wine mixed pack here.

Buy the ONEHOPE holiday mixed pack here.


2. ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design Living Water International Bangle

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These trendy, inexpensive bangles are already a great Christmas gift idea, but the company’s line of “Charity by Design” bangles are an especially nice choice for people who want a gift that gives something back. Charity by Design proceeds benefit select non-profit organizations. A portion of proceeds are donated directly to each organization, with the charity varying from bracelet to bracelet. The Living Water charm funds the charity Living Water International. The company has pledged to donate 20 percent of the purchase price from each Living Water Charm Bangle sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000.

Want to see more options? Shop all designs from the Charity by Design collection here.

Price: $28

Buy the Living Water bangle here.


3. Toms Women’s Desert Wedge High Boot

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TOMS is a really cool brand that has charity at its very core. The company was founded on a simple principle: For each pair of shoes you purchase, a pair of shoes will be donated to a child in need. We like the style above, especially as we head into the coldest months of the year.

Looking for gifts for men? Shop Toms shoe styles for men here, or check out our post on the best Christmas gifts for men.

Price: $60.06 – $125, depending on size/color selected

Buy the Toms Women’s Desert Wedge High Boot here.


4. Mad Darling CASA’s Candle of Hope Violet & Musk Soy Candle

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This soy candle makes a great gift, and you can feel great about giving a gift that gives back. Mad Darling donates proceeds directly to CASA Jefferson Parish. CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate. These advocates are appointed by judges to serve as the voice for children in foster care. This is an especially thoughtful gift for anyone who was in the foster care system themselves.

Looking for more gift ideas? Shop cool handmade jewelry here.

Price: $16

Buy CASA’s Candle of Hope here.


5. Bracelets2Educate Ethically Made Charity Bracelets (Set of 4)

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These ethically made bracelets come from Education And More. Proceeds from each sale go towards educating children in Guatemala. These bracelets are also ethically produced by women who earn a living wage. All bracelets have an apple charm to remind you that you are supporting education. This would be a great gift for a teacher, or a gift for someone with family ties to Guatemala.

Looking for more gift ideas? Shop cool handmade jewelry here.

Price: $28

Buy the Bracelets2Educate Ethically Made Charity Bracelets here.


Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You should also check out our collection of long-format gift guides: Best Gifts for Women and Best Gifts for Men, and the Heavy Christmas list. Looking to decorate your Christmas tree? Browse our guide to the best funny Christmas ornaments, and find something for your tree, or to give as a gift.


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