Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts That Give Back

Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts That Give Back, Holiday 2014, TargetxToms

Clutch | Sunglasses | Holiday Card | Friendship BraceletPencils
Coloring Book | TOMS Candle | Blankets | TOMS Slip-ons | Door Mat | Candle

Can you even believe that we are already gearing up for Christmas? It seriously blows my mind. The other day I was running some errands and I needed to pick up a couple things to decorate for Thanksgiving. Much to my surprise, the stores have decided to skip Thanksgiving and go full force with Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as well. I feel like we need to find reasons to be thankful before moving into a season of receiving, but that's just me.

Since I am still not 100% on the Christmas bandwagon just yet, I am starting off this year’s Holiday Gift Guide with Gifts That Give Back. I mean heck, if you are going to do anything this Christmas, you might as well support some of the brands that give back to others. Am I right?  Many of you have probably heard of some of these brands like TOMS and Warby Parker, but there really are so many wonderful brands that give back. 

TOMS: If you haven't heard, TOMS has partnered up with Target for a very special holiday collaboration. TOMS for Target follows the one-for-one model where each purchase made will be counteracted by gifting someone in need. For every TOMS for Target limited edition gift purchased, Target is giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. There are so many amazing products in this collection which include bracelets, sweaters, blankets, mugs, candles & the well-known TOMS slip-ons. The full list of products can be found at TOMS for Target.

Warby Parker: Buy a pair, give a pair. That is what Warby Parker stands for. For every pair of glasses tpurchased, a pair is also given to someone who needs them. Each month Warby Parker tallies up the number of glasses that are purchased and they make a monthly donation to non-profit partners. People often wonder why they don't just "donate the glasses" instead of offering a donation to cover the costs of the glasses and it is simple. They want to train others to learn to sell the glasses, which in turn allows them to make a living. It sounds pretty incredible to me.

RxART: This coloring book was created by fifty-three contemporary artists. The book was designed by Matt Murphy Design & underwritten by none other then Warby Parker. Warby Parker has contributed to the book with a page of die-cut pop-out masks, featuring paper-toy glasses. This coloring book is being placed in pediatric hospitals all over New York City

West Elm: I had no idea, but West Elm collaborates with over 20 artisan groups in over 15 different countries with committing to pay $35 million directly back to artisans. "Over half of the artisans are women who are learning skills, supporting their families and empowering themselves through the work they're doing." If you click the "handcrafted" tab on West Elm's site you can a check out all the products that are offered (and man there are A LOT!)

Kite Pencils: These pencils were proudly made in the USA & designed by a talented 15 year old art student in Kenya. For every pack purchased KITE donates a pack to a child in need.

Kate Spade: When I heard about Kate Spade's recent "On Purpose" collection I immediately fell in love with the concept & had to get myself a clutch. 150 talented Rwandan women handcraft beading, embroidery and friendship bracelets (which are my favorite). The "On Purpose" collection products are one of a kind, limited editions.

Hooray For The Underdogs: I was pretty smitten when I found this site where a husband and wife team sell stylish greeting cards featuring pictures of dogs are cats that are up for adoption in shelters. 10% of the proceeds go to animal welfare groups and shelters. Cards are $3.50 & box sets are $17.50.

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Target via AOL Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target or AOL.