The “Gifts that Give Back” Guide 2016

gifts-thatDid everyone survive the Black Friday chaos?  If you didn’t check off everyone on your list yet, or you avoided the chaos like I do, maybe you are at a loss for some gifts.
How about putting your funds toward a gift that gives back?  Not only will you feel great about the gift you give, you will get extra good vibes by knowing you helped an additional purpose.
Sometimes we mindlessly get into the gift giving loop of getting something just for the sake of it.  Here are some ideas for gifts that pack a one two punch in the giving department.
Pura Vida Bracelets  You can select a favorite charity, or shop by color or style.  They have so many to choose from, and they start at only $5 plus free shipping in the US on orders $25.  These bracelets would make a great little token for some of those folks you don’t want to go overboard with, but need to give them a little something to show you care.
WWF Symbolic Adoptions  A few years back, I got so fed up with buying stuff and instead did one of these symbolic adoptions for every member on my list.  I selected animals that reminded me of the person’s spirit, and it was nice for them to know how I saw them.  Whether peaceful and free like a dolphin, or fierce like a leopard, it allowed me to comment on the characteristics I saw in them.  With a $55 donation, you also receive a plush.
Greater Good  I’ve mentioned this site before because you can visit everyday to click for free and advertisers give a donation each time you do.  For even greater good, you can purchase gifts and items that give back to your selected charity or group.  You can support; Ending Hunger, Fight for Breast Cancer, Saving Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest.
Bidding For Good I know you’re thinking, “ok but what about actual goods.”  This site is kind of like ebay and an elementary school auction, that benefits non profits and schools by an online charity auction.  There are everyday items here and unique and off the wall, like a visit from Henry David Thoreau!
Amazon Smile  Looking for something specific?  Amazon’s got it all…. and all you have to do is head to Amazon Smile first, and complete your purchases as usual.  You select a charity and a portion goes to that.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Doll Kind    A place to buy dolls, but with so much more.  You see, The Doll Kind dolls come with 10 kindness coins for children to pass out to those that may need a little love, while teaching kids to pass on goodness.  Not only that, but for every doll purchased, one is donated to a child in need.  The dolls are super sweet looking, approachable, cuddly, and kid friendly.  Head over to their site to check out their selection.
There’s so many ways to give a gift, and have that gift run the extra mile.  Remember these sites all year long, and for every gift giving need.  Let the Holidays begin!
Also stop in to last year’s gift guide post on everything Dollar Tree, plus some more ideas.  Lots of folks are shocked at what you can find at the tree!