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Gifts That Give Back: Put Your Duck Face to Good Use With Selfless Selfie

Dec/19/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

Poppy Delevingne t-shirtCourtesy Poppy Delevingne

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.

It’s impossible to scroll through your Instagram feed without catching a glimpse of that one person who seems to post a selfie every five minutes. But before you roll your eyes (yet again) we’ve got some good news — those vanity portraits can now go to a good cause, as model Poppy Delevingne recently showed us on her account. All it takes is to make it a Selfless Selfie.

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Selfless Selfie is a fundraising campaign started by ActionAid, a company based out of the UK that strives to further human rights and end poverty for all. They started the campaign in response to the typhoon disaster in the Philippines earlier this year.

How does this fundraising fad work, you may ask? Well, first, you’ll want to buy one of the shirts from their website, because all proceeds go to relief efforts in the Philippines. Then don it and give us your best smize. Finally, upload the picture to Instagram with the hashtag #selflessselfie, and ActionAid will post your picture alongside Poppy’s in the selfie gallery, so the world can see how you (and that annoying selfie-posting pal of yours) are using your social media power for good.

Find out more about ActionAid and their mission here

Which filter will you choose when you take your Selfless Selfie? Tell us in the comments below!

–John Soper

Gifts That Give Back: This Stylish Accessory Helps Give Homeless People a 'Key' to a New Life

Dec/18/2013 at 02:40 PM ET

Selena Gomez necklaceGetty; Inset: Courtesy The Giving Keys

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.

It’s no secret that singer Selena Gomez is a big believer in philanthropy. Recently, this pop princess has been working on the Red Kettle Campaign with the Salvation Army and promoting various charities on her Twitter. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to accessorizing, she picks a necklace that helps those in need. Selena was seen on the KISS FM Jingle Ball concert red carpet wearing a “Serenity” necklace from The Giving Keys.

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The Giving Keys is a company started by actress and singer Caitlin Crosby, which employs people trying to transition out of homelessness. TGK prints inspirational words on refurbished keys and encourages customers to wear their key, embrace the message and then pass it on to someone who needs it. Don’t feel like wearing a key around your neck? The jewelry line also creates pay-it-forward bracelets, rings and iPhone cases. These pieces will add a perfect touch of vintage to any outfit — and with celeb fans including Ashley Tisdale, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron — you know it’ll be a hit no matter to whom you give one.

Find out more about The Giving Keys’ mission (and pick up one for yourself or a friend) here.

What message will you be wearing? Tell us in the comments.

–John Soper

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Gifts That Give Back: Hydrate Yourself While Helping Others

Dec/17/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

Kristen Bell bottlePictureGroup; Inset: Courtesy bkr

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: 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

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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

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

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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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