Give the Gift that Gives Back

By Abby Kutscher on December 5, 2012

 ’Tis the season! The season for giving to others that is! While receiving gifts is great, there is nothing quite like giving something special and thoughtful to the ones you love. So why not buy gifts this year that give back to the world at large? Here are five websites where you can order gifts for your friends and family that will not only make them happy, but will improve the lives of someone else too!

1. This is the go-to site for the shoe-lover or animal-lover on your list. Why? Because the Humane Society of the United States has partnered with the Soludos brand to create a line of shoes in which a portion of the proceeds will go to “Friends of Finn,” a group that raises money and awareness to end the puppy-mills in the United States. The shoes have cute little dog bone patterns on them! Unisex shoes at only 45 dollars a pair? You can’t go wrong with this gift idea.

2. site is great for the jewelry buff on your list, especially if he or she loves unique and original designs. According to their website,“The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to engrave recycled keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key necklace is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then tell us their story.” What a great message and gift to pass along!

3. This site has a multitude of products. Each product, whether it be a shirt, an accessory, or a bag, helps to give money to the United Nations World Food Program and its School Feeding program. You can find a little something for everyone on your list here!

4. This site is perfect for the people on your list who love fashion. These limited edition t-shirts help the Native American people of our country to earn an income and to promote an accurate historical account of their race.

5. If you already have a cause or charity that you are passionate about, then this is the perfect site for you. The site offers access to a large variety of products and proceeds from each purchase are given to the organization of your choice! Furthermore, each product tells you exactly how much of the money spent will be given to the cause.

This year, give the gift that gives back. Happy shopping, everyone!



By Abby Kutscher

Uloop Writer
I am a senior at The Ohio State University. Being an English major was an easy choice for me because I love to read and write. I plan to pursue a writing career after college so I am very excited to be on the team of writers for Uloop!

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