Feel Good Shopping: Generous Gift Ideas that Make Positive Change

With the next few weeks bringing both Christmas and our little one’s first birthday, I’m spending a lot of time researching cool gift ideas. I struggle with decision making when it comes to choosing meaningful, enjoyable gifts for my friends and family, recently however, I discovered a few items that I would be proud to give and excited to receive. If you too have shopping to do and like the idea of making a positive impact, check these out:

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: This is a children’s story, based on the real life bunny owned by Vice President, Mike Pence. It was written by Jill Twiss, a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, as part of a segment on the show all about Pence’s connections with anti-gay organizations and individuals. In the book, Marlon falls in love with another boy bunny, then must overcome hateful, homophobic behaviour exhibited by a stinkbug who lives in the garden with Marlon and his friends. We ordered the story not just for its message of tolerance, but also because all of the book’s profits go to Aids United as well as the LGBTQ charity, The Trevor Project.

The Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Poppy Shirt: I first saw this super pretty design posted on Instagram by Julia Louis Dreyfus. Anyone who follows Julia knows that she was diagnosed with breast cancer a while back, but thankfully appears to have beat it. The floral cotton t-shirt looks feminine and comfy, and all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery. 

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The Michal Kors Watch Hunger Stop T-Shirt: This is another beautiful t-shirt that I learned about from a celebrity Instagram post. I came across a pic of Kate Hudson  wearing this bright, beautiful tee with a caption explaining that for each shirt sold, Michael Kors will donate 100 meals to hungry children through the United Nations World Food Program.

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Cuddle and Kind: These sweet fair trade dolls are ethically handmade with natural cotton, and could not be more adorable. Cuddle and Kind is a family business inspired by a desire to feed children in need. With the help of several charities (World Food Program, Children’s Hunger Fund, Breakfast Club of CanadaWE Charity School Nutrition Program) Cuddle and Kind provides 10 meals to hungry kids for every doll they sell. I recommend watching their moving holiday video for more info on their product and vision, but good luck doing so without getting a tear or two in your eye:

Tentree:  As their name suggests, Tentree plants ten trees for every item that they sell, but there is more that makes them a special company; the mission statement on their website outlines a noble goal: “to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet”. If this isn’t enough to inspire a Tentree shopping spree, check out some of these cute, cozy items.

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