Published December 17, 2012
With the holidays approaching, last-minute shopping can make it easy to forget the true meaning of the season.
And, for people feeling the economic crunch, making donations to charities isn’t always easy.
However, there are some ways to buy cool gifts for your friends and family members, while helping out a worthy cause.
Kayleen Schaefer, features editor of Women’s Health Magazine, discussed how to make the holiday season ‘twice as nice’ with Fox News Health.
“Holiday shopping can be tough, sometimes you don’t know what to get a person, sometimes you really do just want to help those in need,” Schaefer said. “So Women’s Health put together a gift guide where you can do both.”
UNICEF'S GOLDEN CHANDELIER EARRINGS & NOTE CARDS
Cost: Earrings, $15; note cards, $10.
The sale of these gifts helps fund The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) programs that save and protect the lives of children around the world, and the 190 countries and territories they work with. They provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
KIEHL'S CREME DE CORPS MOISTURIZER AND BODY BUTTER
Kiehl’s partnered with New York-based artist, Kenny Scharf, to create these limited edition products with the mission to provide safe, positive environments for children around the world.
RxArt, a non-profit organization, is committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness for young patients in pediatric hospitals. They provide a humanistic and creative surrounding that helps to relieve stress and anxiety, while increasing appreciation for art.
CLARINS FEED 10 KIT
A travel-size moisturizer, makeup primer and radiance booster come in a cute FEED pouch that benefits the FEED Foundation—which provides meals to those in need across the world.
KIND HEALTHY SNACKS' SNACK & GIVE BACK CUBES
KIND has partnered with Arianna Huffington, Bobbi Brown and Grace Potter to help you snack the KIND way while giving back to charities of personal importance for each partner. Each limited-edition cube is custom designed and personally curated by either Arianna, Bobbi or Grace.
Grace Potter: Funds support the Alzheimer's Association; the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
Bobbi Brown: Funds a new KIND Kitchen at the Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school that prepares New York City's most vulnerable young people to graduate with Regents diplomas.
Arianna Huffington: Supports the Commitee to Protect Journalists, an organization promoting press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
SMILE SQUARED TOOTHBRUSHES
This is a great stocking stuffer that will brighten smiles – and not only to those you give it to. For every toothbrush purchased, another one is sent to a child in need.
Since 1990, this company has planted nearly 40 million trees, and has expanded their reach with the "Global ReLeaf Campaign," fighting deforestation around the world. In 2012, American Forests' Global ReLeaf Campaign will plant 2.64 million trees in 33 projects in 10 states and 4 countries to help restore forests important for wildlife, clean water, and carbon sequestration.
MAXLOVE WINTER HAT
Give a cozy hat to keep warm, look cute and support cancer. MaxLove is a nonprofit headwear company working to ensure that kids fighting cancer not only survive, but thrive.
Hiptipico’s mission is to support the creativity, ingenuity and passion of local artists in Guatemala.
Preserving Mayan culture and traditional customs is essential to Hiptipico’s brand. Reinvesting profits into women’s cooperatives, family shops and Mayan handicrafters, Hiptipico naturally energizes the local economy while creating access to foreign markets.
RIEDEL WINE GLASSES
These pink, stemless glasses are perfect for the person who loves to entertain, but they go above and beyond just holding your favorite spirits — buying these glasses helps support the charity foundation Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
For more info on these products, check out the current issue of Women’s Health.