College Gift Guide: Change The World As You Shop

If you are anything like me, you still have a lot of shopping left to do for the upcoming holiday season. But before you head out to buy those last-minute gifts, you should stop and consider how you can do some good for the world while you shop…

Each year, we spend billions of dollars on clothing, household items, electronics, health and beauty products, and more, which leaves many wondering; wouldn’t it be great if some of the dollars that we spend on “stuff” could do more for others? The good news is they can.

Today, more and more corporations are joining forces with charitable organizations. Some companies donate a percentage of every sale to a good cause; others sponsor fundraising events or offer special merchandise for which they donate a large percentage of profits.

Here are some great products you can buy for friends and family this holiday season that will not only put a smile on their faces, but will also help change the world:

 

sketchersShape-ups by SKECHERS ‘Awareness’ Walking Shoes 

 Skechers® Shape-Ups, which are designed to maximize the health benefits of walking, are now helping women with breast cancer. Support the fight against breast cancer by purchasing this walking shoe adorned with the pink ribbon logo.  For every pair sold, Skechers® will donate $36 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

 

lipglossToo Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm 

Inspired by Lisa, the sister of the brand’s founder, who is battling 4th stage Melanoma, a huge portion from the sale of each product will go to the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant to help find a cure for this deadly disease. This amazing product not only helps fight this awful disease, but it also makes for a great stocking stuffer!

 

pillowHook rug inspirational pillows

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has an amazing variety of holiday gift options that are perfect for everyone on your list. Your purchase of these throw pillows, which make a great gift for college dorm rooms, will benefit the research and patients of St. Jude as 100% of the proceeds benefit the hospital.

 

basketBaskets of Peace

Female survivors of the Rwandan genocide weave colorful traditional baskets that the Rwanda Path to Peace project markets to U.S. retailers, including Macy’s. Your purchase of the baskets will provide real, sustainable income to rural women who had never before earned money in their lives.

 

navy large copy-resized-600A pair of TOMS shoes

The idea is simple. For every pair of TOMS Shoes purchased, the company will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. It’s what they call the “One for One Movement”. TOMS hopes people will give lots of shoes as gifts this holiday season, and with your help, they can.

 

watchBreast Cancer Crusade Strap Watch

This stylish silver-tone watch comes complete with a ribbon motif on faux mother-of-pearl dial and a pink crocodile embossed strap. 100% of the net profits made off of this $10.54 gift will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Whether you buy this for a roommate, sister, or friend, this last-minute gift will help empower women so they can make their dreams a beautifully reality.

What are some other ways you can do more for others this holiday season? Comment & share below!

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