Because Everyone Knows It's Better to Give Than Receive, Shop These Holiday Gifts That Give Back

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December 12, 2011

The hardest-to-buy for recipients on your list might actually be the easiest to shop for: don’t get them anything–or at least anything they will just throw in the gift closet. Give them a gift that gives back to others who really do need your hard-earned dollars. Here are 7 charitable gifts that will not only lighten the spirits of the recipient, but will make the world a little brighter as well.

Bid to score this teddy share bear designed by Cynthia Rowley at Charitybuzz.com. The auction starts at $100 and all proceeds will benefit the FEED Foundation.

TOMS doesn’t just do shoes anymore, you know? Their latest venture is shades and they’re gorgeous. Even better, for every pair of TOMS sunglasses you purchase, they’ll donate a free pair of prescription glasses or sight-saving surgery to a person in need. Awesome, right?

These super-soft, personalizable animal blankets make perfect nap mats. Even better, for every blanket purchased, the company will give a blanket to a child in need.

The perfect gift for your friend who has a hard time keeping track of time, Movado will donate $50 from every sale of this fab watch to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to a maximum donation of $15,000.

Yes, you can even do some good on behalf of your beauty junkie friends. Lancome donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this bronzer palette to Kate Winslet’s charity, Golden Hat, which raises money to better the lives of children living with autism.

Available in four flattering colors, 10% of the sales of this comfy tee go to the International Rescue Committee. The organization responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people rebuild their lives.

Say thanks to our servicemen and women by reading a bedtime story for the child of a military person at USOWishbook.org. You can have the book sent to the child for just $50.

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