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Make a Difference in the World — And Give Snazzy Gifts, Too

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Good gifting offers a joyful rush, and when those gifts actually give something back? Well, that’s off-the-charts good. Whether you’re interested in helping feed hungry children or keeping the oceans clean, you’ll find a way to spread a little philanthropy around with these charitable selections.

TN120_give_back_1a_7201. Benefits: Survivors of Domestic Violence
Me&Ro Fearlessness Sterling Silver Script Pendant

The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, helps heal and empower survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. 100% of the net proceeds of this Me&Ro necklace go towards the cause. I love the idea of giving this to friends who are powering through a rough patch to remind them of their fearlessness.

$160, joyfulheartfoundation.org

 

TN120_give_back_2_7202. Benefits: Child Hunger
Creme de Corps Limited Edition Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butters

Just when you thought Kiehl’s’ products couldn’t get any better, it turns out that 100% of net profits (up to $100,000) of two new, limited-edition scents from their indulgently rich Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter line (Grapefruit and Coriander) and will help support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Delicious.

$38, Kiehls.com, Neimanmarcus.com

 

TN120_give_back_3_7203. Benefits: Ocean Conservation
Charity Mug to Benefit Oceana

For the mermaids and mermen in your life, this octopus mug is nice way to sip a cup of Joe and help protect marine life and habits. Sold at West Elm, 50% of the sales profits go to Oceana, the largest international organization focused on ocean conservation, and their efforts to protect marine life and habitats.

$10, West Elm

 

TN120_give_back_4_7204. Benefits: Children in Need
100% Organic Cotton Long Baby Romper

When you purchase a romper or other item of clothing from Baby Teresa, the company will donate an outfit to a child in need. For each accessory you buy, a portion of that sale will go toward purchasing formula for a baby in need, typically those in orphanages. I know a few moms-to-be that would love to know that this gift will not only dress their little darling, but another one across the globe in places such as Indonesia and Uganda.

$35, BabyTeresa.com

 

TN120_give_back_5_7205. Benefits: Warm Meals for Seniors
Scandinavian Circles Napkins by Catherine’s Table

Husband and wife team Maureen and Mark Goldman place a premium on the unifying factor of the family dinner table, so it makes perfect sense that their company, Catherine’s Table, would partner with Meals on Wheels. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these pretty napkins go toward helping deliver warm meals to seniors across the United States. I would give these to a few special friends with whom I love to break bread.

$48, GivenGoods.com 

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Suzanne Rust

Suzanne Rust is a former editor and media spokesperson for Real Simple Magazine. She is currently a contributing editor for the MSNBC website, The Grio, where she covers culture and high-profile professionals in the arts. Rust also writes regularly for Citibank’s Women & Co. and BermanBraun’s Mom.me. She blogs at http://www.livingwithrust.blogspot.com and tweets @suzannerust

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