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  Gifts That Give Back Guide  
  This holiday season choose a gift for everyone on your list that also gives back to charitable organizations across the United States and the globe. Get in the holiday spirit by making your loved ones smile with a thoughtful gift while helping others in need.  

Save the Bees
Sterling Silver Pendant and $18” chain, $150
Birk’s Bee Chic, MaisonBirks.com
Ten percent of the sales from the Birks Bee Chicä honeycomb-shaped pendant in silver will benefit the Honey Bee Research Centre.

Feed the Children
Annabelle blouse, black, $150
Zoe blouse, white, $145
Ava tie front blouse, lace print, $135
cooper & ella, CooperAndElla.com
Known for its “desk to dinner, day to night” versatility, cooper & ella will donate one hot, nutritious meal to a child in need through its Empower initiative in partnership with the Hope Foundation School in Bangalore, India for each item purchased.

Help Families Fight Illness
“Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under the Stars” book, $13.95
Amazon, Amazon.com
All proceeds from the book’s sale will go to UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, which provides families with medical grants to help pay for treatments, medical services and equipment for their children. Perfect for kids between 3 and 8 years old, the stories in the Oliver & Hope series are inspired by the real-life journeys of the children that the organization helps.

Fight Cancer
SU2C “Stand Up, Stand Out” Triple Bangle Set, $75
Alex and Ani, AlexandAni.com
Available in Russian gold and silver, each bangle is designed with a focus on positive energy to adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and power the spirit. For each bangle set sold, 40 percent of the retail price will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer to support its cancer fighting research and programs.

Support Animal Shelters
Delivery of toys and treats, $18-$29 a month
BarkBox, BarkBox.com
Gift the pet in your life with a subscription for monthly deliveries of treats, toys and hygiene products. Ten percent of the proceeds from each BarkBox are given to various organizations including city and county shelters, sanctuaries, military dog organizations and more.

Be An Animal’s Best Friend
Baron Cooper Wine, price and varietals vary
Baron Cooper Wines, BaronCooper.com
Whether you choose a red or a white, any choice from the Baron Cooper brand can make a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the wine lover in your life. One percent of all sales are donated to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

Adopt a Tree or Tea Garden
Olive Tree, $69 quarterly
Darjeeling Tea Garden, $39 quarterly
Nudo, NudoAdopt.com
By supporting the olive and tea farmers directly through adoption of a tree in their harvest, you will be rewarded with a spring delivery of tea or olive oil from the tree you adopted. You can also add additional deliveries. 

Protect the Manatees
Adopt a Manatee, $25
Save the Manatee Club, SaveTheManatee.org
An adoption package includes an adoption certificate with full color photo and biography of a real endangered Florida manatee, membership handbook, and newsletter and e-newsletter subscription. Funds from Save the Manatee Club’s adoption program help efforts to protect manatees and their habitat.

Support World Vision Efforts
The World Vision Gift Catalog, WorldVisionGifts.org
Artisans from around the world create gifts for fair trade wages, which World Vision offers to Gift Catalog donors who give to World Vision’s “Where Most Needed” fund, supporting programs for children and families worldwide that might otherwise go unfunded.

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons, $65
Each unique set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons are delivered in a gift bag made of African fabric that is hand-sewn by local women in Kenya to support orphans.

African Soap Stone Box, $85
This hand-carved soap stone box is etched and designed by artisans in Kenya who are working to lift themselves out of poverty. Many are widows and orphans suffering from AIDS/HIV and tuberculosis.

Royal Silk Scarf, $95
Villagers in Vietnam’s Ma Chau region weave each traditional, silky scarf by hand, making each one unique, so they can earn a sustainable income to support their families.

Thai Necklace and Bracelet Set in Red, $100
Originally made in a project that helps to protect vulnerable girls from exploitation, this beautiful, handcrafted Thai jewelry set is a festive gift that can be dressed up or down.

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