Mamatoga Top Ten: Gifts that Give Back

We all have that someone on our holiday shopping list that is impossible to shop for, the person that either "has everything" or insists they can't come up with one idea for what they might want. Or maybe it's a niece or nephew that isn't exactly lacking in the toy department and you're reluctant to add another toy to their heap that won't be used. Here are some ideas of some great gifts to give this holiday season that also give back to a charity, so even if that cute polar bear eraser goes unappreciated under a pile of Matchbox cars, you'll know that you a portion of the sales go towards a worthwhile charity.  

1. Tory Burch Foundation Pendant. This is a great gift for that stylish woman in your life who makes you nervous to shop for. She's got great taste and great fashion sense and you always strive to find something that she'll actually like, and wear! With this gorgeous pendant you'll take some pleasure knowing that not only did you score a chic gift from this great designer, but also that all of the proceeds for the sales of this beautiful piece go to benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, committed to providing economic opportunities to women and their families in the United States. To read more about the Tory Burch Foundation click here. $125


2. Feed Our Small World Onesie and Pants Set. Each purchase of this adorable set will generate funding to help UNICEF provide 150 children with essential Vitamin A supplements - a nutrient proven to be particularly crucial to the health of a growing child. Made of organic cotton in a natural cream color, the center of each bodysuit features adorable characters representing children from many different cultures around the world, wrapped around the FEED Our Small World logo with sweet coordinating pants. $39



3. Toms Shoes. These are perfect for anyone on your list, man, woman or child. These amazing shoes are not only fashionable and comfortable, with every pair of Toms purchased they will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from, kids love them because they're easy to get on and the Tiny Toms collection comes in great kid pleasing patterns. Anyone would love to receive these as a gift this holiday season, including myself! I've been buying Toms for years and have a rather eclectic collection so far with glitter gold ones and every day blue and white ones along with some fun patterned ones, you can't have enough Toms! $29-$54


4. Altruette Charms. The Altruette concept couldn't be simpler: 50% of the net profit from the sale of their charms goes to their cause partners, and wearing these beautiful bracelets also helps spread the word about great causes! They have a bunch of beautiful charms to choose from, each representing a different charity. There is a sweet little Christmas Tree for Toys for Tots, a hummingbird for The Nature Conservancy and many others to choose from to suit the particular gift receivers personal preferred charities. My favorite is this cute little elephant, which benefits the African Wildlife Foundation. $115-$145


5. Lush Charity Pot Body Lotion. One of the first lotions made by the fantastic company Lush, it's made with skin-softening Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and almond oil to make your skin feel amazing, and it has a creamy chocolate scent you'll want to sniff all day long. Every penny that you pay for a pot, excluding the tax, goes to grassroots charities all around the world. $21.95


6. Clocky (PRODUCT)RED™ Special Edition Alarm Clock. This amazing little clock runs away to get you out of bed, and helps save lives at the same time! When it's time to wake up, this alarm clock will leap off your nightstand and run away beeping to ensure you’re awake. For every sale of Clocky marked (PRODUCT)RED , Nanda Home will contribute 5% to The Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS. This is a great fun gift for anyone on your list, and you'll be sure that a runaway alarm clock is not something they already have! $45


7. Guatemalan Coffee. Have a java lover in your life? This particular gift idea is very near and dear to my heart, the Juan Ana coffee is not only delicious and will please any discerning coffee drinker on your list, it is produced in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, where my mother and I spent some time on a volunteer vacation. Independent farming families support themselves by growing and selling this coffee. Land for the land-less is one of the most important efforts made in the integral human development program in San Lucas Toliman. It makes available to a farming people what is vital to their lives - land on which to produce their own basic food. It also gives them an opportunity to raise a cash crop of high quality to meet other human needs. $9


8. Gigantic Endangered Animal Eraser. These super cute eco-friendly erasers make a great stocking stuffer for any little one and because a portion of sales are donated to the Center for Biological Diversity you can feel good about giving this gift. $6.65




9. Trumpette Lucy Socks. I absolutely love Trumpette socks, and I was so sad when Lev finally outgrew hers. These Lucy socks are beyond sweet, the set comes with six pairs of big bow jewel toned colored socks in a gift box and a portion of sales goes towards The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New York City Chapter.




10. Pet set. Don't forget about the four legged friend in your family, or the dog lover on your list! With this pet set from the World Wildlife Fund embroidered with their panda logos, your pet will show its support on the street or at the dog park. Easy to clean, each is made with an embroidered ribbon overlay on tough polypropylene nylon webbing and your purchase goes to support this fantastic organization.