Gifts That Are Truly Worth Your Money This Giving Tuesday
Start crossing names off your holiday list with these gifts that give back to some of our favourite charities.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday tend to get most of the holiday shopping hype, it’s time to turn your attention to Giving Tuesday. Coming to Canada on November 28, 2017, the day is dedicated to giving back in any way you can – by volunteering, donating or even just shopping for a cause.
Hear what you need to while blocking out what you don’t with these high-fidelity earplugs. Bonus: every pair that’s purchased helps fund the Hear the World Foundation, which provides hearing aids, funding and education to those in need.
Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs, $24 at discovervibes.com.
Sight for sore eyes
Protect your loved ones’ peepers from the year-round UV rays with a pair of sunglasses from charity-focused brand, Toms. Plus, for every pair purchased, Toms will help give sight to someone who needs it.
Toms Lottie Black Tortoise Fade Sunglasses, $190 at toms.ca.
Gift with donation
While most of the gift ideas on this list are for you to purchase with proceeds going to charity, the switch is flipped with this one. When you make a donation to Rethink Breast Cancer of $25 or more, a woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer is given this care package (tissues, sanitizer, lemon candies and more) to use throughout her treatments.
Give-A-Care donation, $25 or more at rethinkbreastcancer.com.
Everyone loves a bright lip around the holidays, but this fuchsia will kick the festive spirit up a notch. Every cent from every VIVA GLAM lipstick sold goes towards helping men, women and children who are living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
MAC Viva Glam lipstick, $22 at maccosmetics.ca.
Warm your hands and your heart by picking up a bottle of Hope Hand & Body Crème. The signature scent will please even the pickiest on your list, but knowing 100 per cent of the net profits are going towards funding depression research will soothe your soul.
Hope the Uplifting Fragrance Handy and Body Crème, $50at saksfifthavenue.com.
Help women in your community by adding this red lipstick to your shopping cart. For every tube sold, the beauty retailer is giving $10 to Sephora Stands, and if that’s not enough to make you click “check out,” the rosy hue is perfect for the holidays.
Sephora Stands Fearless Rouge Cream Lipstick, $16 at sephora.ca.
Love red lipstick, then you will love this shade of red.
Put a pin in it
The perfect stocking stuffer, this cute-as-a-button button will remind everyone on your list why you think they’re so awesome – oh, and they’ll know you’re awesome since 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Indigenous Youth Empowerment programming run by WE.
Roots Nice button, $3 at roots.ca.
Have you ever tried writing a gratitude journal? You should!
Smooth as silk
This rich body cream is sure to soothe even the driest winter skin, plus 100 per cent of the purchase price goes to supporting local foundations and organizations.
Charity Pot, $8 at lush.ca.
Pain in the back
Give your loved ones the gift of luxurious leather (and ergonomic back support) by shelling out for this stylish sack. You’ll be helping them, and you’ll be helping those in need in Africa, since 100 per cent of the profits go towards education, job training and reducing hunger in the area.
Wanderers backpack, $329 at love41.com.
Jewellery is a standard holiday gift, but nothing about this silver infinity bracelet is standard. For every bracelet purchased, Montblanc will work with UNICEF Canada to improve learning conditions for more than five million children around the world.
Infiniment Votre UNICEF bracelet, $290 at montblanc.com.
Have you seen Princess Kate’s message for everyone struggling with their mental health?
This soft and cozy toque (perfect or those cold Canadian winters) will warm any head you put it on – and it’ll warm their heart, too. Fifty per cent of the profits from each hat sold goes to nonprofit organizations working in pediatric oncology, cancer research initiatives and to providing support for families of children battling cancer.
Organic Navy Speckled Pom Beanie, $57.83 at loveyourmelon.com.
Have you read “I Was Diagnosed With Cancer at 17”? Grab a tissue box!
Staying hydrated is key through the holiday season (hello, Christmas cocktails and dry winter air) and this water bottle from Brita gets the job done. The best part? Every bottle sold provides one year of clean water to someone, somewhere in the world, who really needs it.
Brita Me to We Water Bottle, $20at shop.metowe.com.
Green tea and peppermint are both said to cure what ails you – and this tea will do exactly that. Plus, for every package sold, the company will make a donation to the Point Foundation, which supports orphans and vulnerable young people in Rwanda (where their tea is produced).
Teapigs Green Tea With Mint, $10 at teapigs.ca.
Give someone you know and love the gift of organization, while providing a stranger in need with a much-needed education.
Create, Dream, Explore notebooks, $20 for a set of three at shop.metowe.com.
Help heal one of the world’s most threatened resources – our oceans – by gifting your nearest and dearest with Biotherm’s 2017 holiday charity collection, including the super hydrating (and best-selling) body lotion.
Biotherm Lait Corporel, $31 online on November 28 at biotherm.ca.
The health nut on your list will love these turmeric teas. They will get four different organic loose-leaf flavours, including chai, lemongrass, peppermint and Ginger teas, all made with with turmeric. The best part, though: For every gift box sold, 24 meals will be donated to Food Banks Canada.
Turmeric Teas Gift Box Case, $192 (shipping included) at turmericteas.com.
A bear worth hugging
Hudson is The Bay’s adorable plush, with proceeds going to Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, through the HBC Foundation’s HEADFIRST Program.
Charity Bear, $21.99 at thebay.com.