For as much as Christmas still feels ages away, somehow it’s already mid-November which means it’s time to start thinking about our upcoming Christmas gift shopping!  That’s why some friends and I got together to streamline the search for well-researched and hand-picked Christmas gifts.

Most of us want to help make the world a better place, but sometimes get stuck on the details.  All of the gift ideas that you’ll find below have been chosen with exactly that in mind.  If you know you want to make a difference, and you know you’ll be Christmas shopping this season anyway, then why not kill two birds with one stone?  In the words of Kid President, “The truth is, most people don’t need stuff. They need to know somebody cares. The perfect gift is something that makes the world better.”


Feel free to peruse, bookmark this list for later, and share it with friends – Together, we can make a difference for those who need it most!

G1Love with Food   –  This is a subscription service that sends members a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty foods which vary based on seasonal themes for only $10/month.  LOVE WITH FOOD donates a meal to a hungry child in America for every box purchased! The mission of Love with Food is to, “Snack SMART. Do GOOD.”  Such a fabulous gift idea to send a friend or family member one time, a full year, or any number of times you choose!

G2World Vision Gift Catalog  –  This gift catalog gives people the opportunity to better the lives of children, adults and communities in the U.S. and around the world through new products in each year’s catalog. with life-saving impact through hundreds of gifts in all different areas of need: clean water, food, education, sexual exploitation, job training and others.  Handcrafted gifts make beautiful presents that will also change a life of a child or family in need.  Over 100 alternative gift ideas appear in World Vision’s Gift Catalog.  Donations can also be made in a loved one’s name.

G3 Smuggled DVD  –  Smuggled is the latest multi-award winning film from Think Ten Media Group. Ten percent of profits from the sales of the film are being donated to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and their efforts to respond to the crisis of unaccompanied minors along the border.

G4 Go MAD bracelets  – These bracelets are a tangible reminder to keep caring and to keep trying to do your part to Go Make A Difference.  One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to education for orphans by the amazing Kola of Beta Motivation!

G5Warby Parker glasses  –  for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need Free shipping, free returns!

G6The Fashion Project  –  Purchase with purpose from The Fashion Project!  Seriously, fashion as a force for good is a thing.  55% of the net proceeds from every item sold on Fashion Project goes to support an amazing charity.

G7Sevenly  –  Sevenly sells clothing and home accessories year round and also has adorable and appealing gifts for all ages perfect for holiday shopping!  I love supporting Sevenly because they exist to bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes. Every item purchased on gives $7 to the designated charity.

G8 Gift of Happiness  –  Gift of Happiness has thousands of unique and American made gifts to choose from.  Best of all?  Five to fifteen percent of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice!  Love their motto – “You shop. We Give. Together”  🙂

G9World Help Gifts of Hope  –  World Help gift catalog offers a wide variety of life changing gifts.  You can shop by category and see exactly where your your money goes and who your purchase empowers!

G10Samaritan’s Purse  –  When you purchase through the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas catalog, you can have personalized honor or memory cards sent directly to family or friends.  Each card includes a description of the impact your chosen Samaritan’s Purse project will make.

Wishing you the happiest holiday season!  Remember presence over presents yet presents for a purpose and you’ll be well on your way to making a difference through giving gifts that give back to others!  For bonus ninja shopping mojo, shop through GoodSearch  – when you shop and search the web, you save money with over 100,000 coupons and deals.  They even donate to your designated cause in return!  No joke.  Why not?  🙂

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