Gifts That Give Back 13

A few local gift giving options that not only bring joy to those who receive but also benefit other causes…

Alaffia Good Soap – These luxurious soaps, available at your local Whole Foods Market, are made with rich, moisturizing, fair-trade shea butter from women’s cooperatives in Togo, Africa. The profits go toward raising funds for community projects in Togo, such as maternal health programs, building schools and planting trees.

Feelgoodz Slippers – Created by Nature, Crafted by Artisans. Talented artisans from around the globe help bring these products to life. In return, Whole Foods Market is dedicated to providing fair wages and promoting responsible manufacturing. Available at your local Whole Foods Market.

Aurora and EverEarth – For the fourth year in a row, PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market are partnering on an exclusive line of toys for the gift-giving season wth best-selling plush animals from Aurora, and a line of sustainable, environmentally friendly toys from EverEarth – a company that manages its own FSC-certified forest and expands the forest through its ‘Plant-A-Tree’ program.

Katherine Cosmetics at Flower Hill Promenade – The Beauty of Giving Back Palettes that benefit City of Hope + Windward Learning Academy are makeup palettes priced $44 each and $1 from each sale of each palette will give back to City of Hope, supporting the care and treatment of cancer patients, their families, and cutting-edge research to cure common and rare diseases.

Fairen Del at Flower Hill Promenade – Without Limits Collection is donating $25 from every piece of jewelry sold to EES; Educational Enrichment Systems in San Diego, dedicated to providing top quality early childhood education to families in need in the community. Jewelry pieces are made in the U.S. and designed by Fairen Del through Tat2 Designs Jewelry.

AnnMarie D’Ercole – Purchase a specially designed Thrive Animal Rescue necklace – 45 percent of the entire sale of every necklace goes directly to Thrive, which saves abandoned dogs from the loneliness of shelter life and places them into loving families and forever homes. Clothing line Philanthropy donates 10 percent of net proceeds from sales to Children’s Hospital LA, The ASPCA, and other local animal charities. With every purchase of specially designed pieces for Turtlepak, a backpack with BPA free reusable water bottle and care items is delivered to a nearby shelter or resource center to spread awareness on their effort and intention to “Start Local, Impact Global”.

Exclusive Mizuno BCRF Wave Rider 21 – Mizuno and Fleet Feet Sports will raise funds for breast cancer research through ProjectZero, an initiative supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, through sales of limited production, men’s and women’s special edition of the Wave Rider 21. Each pair of shoes sold will result in a $10 donation to the BCRF.

West Elm in Solana Beach – Shop the Love is Love Collection where 50 percent of the purchase price is donated to the Human Rights Campaign, which works to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Gift cat objects give 50 percent of the purchase price back to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Instagram famous pet ornament collection donates $1 from the sale of each ornament to the ASPCA.

Lotus Trolley Bags – A practical gift that also helps the planet, Lotus Trolley Bags offer an attractive, green alternative to paper or plastic. They are specifically designed to fit in your shopping cart, allowing you to organize your food as you shop. The company is a member of 1% For The Planet and a portion of each sale goes to great charities like PlasticPollutionCoalition and Surfrider Foundation. Available at Jimbo’s, Vons and Ralphs.