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Gifts That Give Back: A Pretty Scarf That Helps Abuse Survivors

Dec/16/2013 at 03:20 PM ET

Julia Roberts ScarfPictureGroup; Inset: Courtesy Theodora & Callum

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments.

We already knew Julia Roberts had good taste and a big heart. That’s why we weren’t surprised to see the star recently wearing a scarf from one of our favorite brands, which gives back to one of our favorite causes. She was spotted in N.Y.C. with Theodora & Callum’s “Joyful Heart Wearable Art” scarf, a pretty pink-and-red creation that supports Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps survivors and victims of domestic and sexual assault and child abuse.

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Theodora & Callum is donating 20% of the proceeds from the scarf to the Joyful Heart Foundation’s efforts to bring education, empowerment and joy into the lives of these survivors and to help create global change to eradicate these issues. But besides being a wonderful cause, it’s also just a beautiful scarf — that would look as chic worn with a coat as it does worn on the beach with a sarong (celebs like Jenna Dewan-Tatum love doing that with their T&C creations). Check it out here, and read more about the Joyful Heart Foundation’s mission here.

How are you giving back this holiday season? What’s your charity of choice? Let us know in the comments.

–Alex Apatoff

Gifts That Give Back: Nailpolish That Supports Sandy Hook

Dec/13/2013 at 03:49 PM ET

Sandy Hook Promise nailpolishCourtesy Sandy Hook Promise

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments.

One year ago tomorrow, the nation was rocked by the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 students and six educators dead. But in the wake of the senseless violence, the community came together to honor the victims and to try to build something to combat the devastation.

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Two moms of current Sandy Hook second graders, Jennifer Stoltz and Dana Schicker, were inspired to create a green shade in honor of Sandy Hook’s school colors, and teamed up with OPI to produce what eventually became “Sandy Hook Green.” OPI’s Artistic Director and EVP Suzi-Weiss Fleischmann donated 10,000 bottles to the cause, which are free with a $26 donation (in honor of the lives lost)

Donations go not only to help the families who lost someone in the shooting, but also to work to create initiatives to prevent gun violence in the future — hence the “promise.” And there’s no better cause than “peace on earth” to celebrate at the holidays, so this is one shade that any girl on your list would wear proudly. For more information, visit SandyHookPromise.org and check out the nailpolish here.

How are you giving back this holiday season? What’s your charity of choice? Let us know in the comments.

–Alex Apatoff

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Gifts That Give Back: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Helps Plant Gardens In Impoverished Communities

Dec/12/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Yes to Cucumbers towelettesCourtesy Yes to Cucumbers

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments.

Done with the bulk of your holiday shopping and only have stocking stuffers left to buy? First, we commend you (seriously, how did you do that?) and second, we found that last-minute gift you need that’ll fit in any stockings: Yes to Cucumbers Seed Fund Towelettes.

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You’re probably familiar with the skincare brand, but you might not be up-to-date on their latest cause, so we’ll fill you in: 100% of proceeds from these travel-sized towelettes will be donated to the company’s Yes to Seed Fund, a charity with the mission to plant gardens around the world to promote nutrition and healthy living for children living in impoverished communities.

So yes, this gift is a no-brainer. And it’s probably the cheapest thing you’ll buy all holiday season at $2.99 for 10 towelettes. Plus, Ginnifer Goodwin, Tyra Banks and Sheryl Crow are just a few of the celebrity fans of the brand.

How are you giving back this holiday season? What’s your charity of choice? Let us know in the comments.

–Brittany Talarico

Gifts That Do Good: Bare's Bags Are Eco-Friendly (and Fun!)

Dec/11/2013 at 06:14 PM ET

Jessica Biel bare bagsCourtesy Bare

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments. Read More

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Gifts That Give Back: All of the Proceeds From Joan Hornig's Jewelry Go to Your Charity of Choice

Dec/10/2013 at 01:25 PM ET

Joan Hornig brass cuffCourtesy Joan Hornig

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments. Read More

Gifts That Give Back: A Made-In-Brooklyn Flask That Aids Hurricane Sandy Victims

Dec/05/2013 at 06:31 PM ET

In God We Trust flaskCourtesy of Thorny Rose Wines

You’ve been busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments.

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Gifts That Give Back: Caliber Collection Jewelry Helps Get Guns Off the Street

Dec/04/2013 at 06:55 PM ET

Caliber jewelryCourtesy Caliber

You’ve already started busily bookmarking our gift guide, but this December, we’re also going to draw your attention to great gifts that also give back — to the community, to children, to the world around us. Check them out, and share your favorite gifts that give in the comments.

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