This is a crazy time of year, and after the last bite of turkey has been eaten tomorrow, we will quickly catapult into the last few weeks before Christmas. After we've gathered together to give thanks for the many blessings we have, it's all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and lose sight of what's truly important. I'm sure we can all agree, giving back is something we should think about all year long, but can be especially meaningful during the holidays. Whether it's a small donation to the Salvation Army Santa ringing his bell, or a donation to Toys for Tots, every single gift counts no matter how big or small.
As I shop for my two little ones, I am very conscious of those kids out there less fortunate than mine, so I love it when I find cools gifts for them, that also give to other kids in need. Here are just a few of the brands that are making a major impact.
I can't say enough how much I love these backpacks! There are so many amazing styles, it's impossible to pick just one for my preschooler! And they don't just stop at backpacks, they have snack packs and pencil cases for the littles, and a full line of adult bags too. On top of being so stylish, this brand is majorly generous. For every backpack you purchase, a backpack filled with necessary school supplies is donated to an American child in need. How amazing is that?
You can visit the STATE bags website for more info!
This is the perfect gift for an expecting Mom, and doesn't look like your average paisley printed diaper bag (and it's Dad friendly too). I remember when FEED Projects originally launched with their signature tote bag, and working at Ralph Lauren at the time, I immediately scooped one up and still use it to this day. I have since donated to the cause by participating in their Run 10 Feed 10 race in New York City, and also by purchasing just a few more bags since my original tote. They now have an extensive selection, and are making a huge difference globally in fighting childhood hunger. For every bag purchased FEED donates micronutrient meals to children around the world.
You can visit the FEED Projects website for more info!
Cuddle and Kind
I think this picture speaks for itself. These amazing hand-knit dolls are ethically produced in Peru by women artisans which is helping to provide jobs and fair wages in struggling communities. Also, for every doll purchased you are helping to fight childhood hunger by providing 10 nutritious meals. They also have a line of inspirational prints that provides 5 meals.
You can visit the Cuddle and Kind website for more info!
Kids love jumping in puddles, it's an innate quality. So what better gift, than the gift of stylishly dry feet? This Dallas-based company is on a mission to "give poverty the boot". For every pair you purchase, a pair is donated to a child in need. Additionally, 10% of the proceeds goes towards funding educational initiatives worldwide.
You can visit the Roma Boots website for more info!
Last but certainly not least, here are a few stocking stuffer ideas!
Headbands of Hope
Offering an awesome array of headwear for both kids and adults, this brand has set out to make kids with cancer feel beautiful and special. For every headband sold, a headband is donated to a child with cancer.
You can visit the Headbands of Hope website for more info!
This entire website is full of really colorful and cool art and school supplies which are perfect stocking stuffers! Their missions is "one for you, one for me", so for every item purchased on their site they donate an item to schools in need of supplies in underserved communities. What a great and easy way to donate school supplies!
You can visit the Yoobi website for more info!
Toothbrushes are a stocking stuffer staple (alliteration much?) in our household, so this year consider giving this one instead! Founded in 2011, and on a mission to provide hygiene necessities like toothbrushes globally to improve health and wellbeing for children, this company has already donated in all 50 US states and 20+ countries worldwide!
You can visit the Smile Squared website for more info!