Make a Difference: 7 Gifts That Give Back

It’s Giving Back Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), a day dedicated to gifts that make a difference. Make sure your holiday presents are making an even bigger impact this year with these great picks: 

PLUS: Holiday gifts for the celebrity enthusiast!

1. Vintage Jewelry

Every sale of Saint Vintage jewelry benefits organizations such as Stand Up 2 Cancer, with up to 50% donated on each piece.  Give back this holiday season and shop for a cause from Saint Vintage’s collection of colorful drop earrings, charm bracelets, glass beads lariats, and more.

Starting at $45, saintvintage.com

2. Cute Shoes

These boots benefit Reef’s We Heart Collection initiative, which helps communities in India, Togo, Guatemala and Uganda. Purchasing handmade crafts and incorporating them into products, the initiative helps to provide a platform for artisans to grow their businesses, to build stronger communities, and to share their beautiful crafts with the world. (These boots feature textiles from Guatemala.)

Reef Santa Marta, $180, reef.com

3. Beaded Bracelets

Sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market this holiday season, this assortment of green bracelets with charms are perfect for stacking. For each green bracelet purchased, Chavez for Charity will donate 25 percent of profits to the Whole Plant Foundation. Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is poverty alleviation through microlending programs in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Chavez for Charity Bracelets, $12, WholeFoods.com 

4. Pampering Treats

For every specially selected gift you buy, The Body Shop will make a contribution of approximately 6 cents to fund a class for a child. Dr. Samantha Nutt, President and Founder of War Child North America says, "In areas of conflict, getting a child back into school keeps them safe. Building their confidence, knowledge and skills opens the doors of opportunity. Find the gifts at Christmas.TheBodyShop.com!

Try: The Body Shop Cube, $9, Christmas.TheBodyShop.com

5. Pretty Lashes

By buying a #GirlsCan Mascara (which are now in key retailers nationwide), you help foster programs the help girls around the nation. For each one sold, COVERGIRL will donate $1 to the following non-profits that help women break barriers and blaze trails including: Girls Who Code, Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation, Step Up and Dress for Success. 

6. Sweet Scent

The newly designed limited edition Happy Heart comes in an awesome color-block package that makes it feel like it doesn’t even need wrapping! The scent is bright and floral with hints of sweetness from mandarin orange and cassis mingled with soft floral notes of water lily, rose, and geranium. Ten dollars from each sale will go to the Happy Hearts Fund, which helps to build schools around the world.

Happy Heart perfume spray, $38, Clinique.com

7. Adorable Tote

This tote by Catrinka benefits She’s the First, the leading non-profit that sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries. The Catrinka x She’s the First canvas totes feature a bold, magenta image of a girl raising her hand, block-printed on text that reads “the girl from [city] can change the world” from each of the 10 cities of She’s the First partner programs (in Guatemala, Peru, India, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, The Gambia and South Sudan) in their respective local languages.

She's the First tote, $20, Catrinka.myshopify.com