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Top 10 Gifts That Give Back

If you are like me, then you have found holiday shopping this year a bit challenging. Finding a meaningful gift in a time of abundance can be hard, but these gifts do double duty. Not only are they great to give, but you can rest easy knowing you & the recipient made a difference too.

Gifts That Give Back:

Dallas Clayton’s Awesome Book & Awesome Book of Thanks
For every book sold, one is also given
This is THE best children’s book I have seen in a long time. After researching it
for this post, I bought one of each for my own children.

See for yourself, you can view the entire book online.

Water for Christmas
A craft collaborative, all proceeds go to building wells in Africa
See Meg’s blog for details (
you can even contribute crafts for this cause)
TOMS Map Classics - great gift that gives back! Earthwise Map Classics – TOMS Shoes
Each pair contributes to building 3 new clean water wells in Ethiopia
Or select from other TOMS styles with the give back options – buy one, give one, feed a child, support healthy school lunches, etc
Psst, Now till 31 Dec, get $5 Off All TOMS Shoes Using Coupon Code: AFFTM5

Tub of Cubs – World Wildlife Fund
Adopt a species of your choice – Give a certificate & plush animal
(Other animals & price options available)

PB Teen 100% Organic Pillow Covers
14 pillows to choose from, $5 donated to:
St. Jude, Boys & Girls Club, Student Conservation Association, Special Olympics, Trees for the Future or Do Something

Socks for Happy People
For every pair purchased, a pair is given to a Mongolian child in need
£5 & up

The Working proof
Art + Charity: Each print is paired with a charity of the artist’s choice
Purchase this week & they’ll donate 20% to charity instead of the usual 15
Wanderlust print shown – $30

Giving Tees – Tiny Revolutionary
Several styles available, amounts donated & charities vary

Foundation Bracelets – Stella & Dot
Colorful bracelets for Women or Girls
All proceeds go to ACCION USA, buildOn and Girls Incorporated

One World Futbol
An all-terrain soccer ball that needs no pins or needles, never goes flat even if punctured.
For every ball you buy, they donate a ball to an organization that works with people in need.

This program hits home to me since I have personally delivered 100’s of soccer balls to children & young people in Africa. The poster below by Jessica Hilltout does a great job depicting what their makeshift balls looked like. Don’t think for a second these balls of rags slowed them down, made their games less fun or made them any less amazing. These kids had talent, and passion and enthusiasm no matter what they were playing with. Still, I have never seen eyes light up quite the way they did when we gave them an actual ball though. Families walked for days (yes, I said days) to come to our camp when they heard the news we were handing out free soccer balls. Truly a humbling experience.

Celebrated European photographer Jessica Hilltout created this poster featureing “rag balls” found all over the world where young people have a passion for soccer—but no soccer balls that last. Hilltout, featured in the New York Times last summer, spent 9 months traveling the back roads of Africa, documenting through photography the passion for soccer throughout Africa.

I would love to hang this poster ($25) in my office some day. What a lovely reminder to live life to the fullest, make do with what you have and that true happiness doesn’t cost a thing.


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Gifts That Give Back”

  • So did you get the Awesome Book or An Awesome Book of Thanks for the kiddos? Where can I go online to look at it? I didn’t see anything on Dallas’s website…You have me curious now! :)

    • Yes, I bought them both! WIsh I had found the Awesome Book of Thanks in time for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be ready next year. I can not wait to make these a part of our bedtime routine. You can read Awesome Book here & Awesome Book of Thanks here. Just scroll to the right to see each page, you’ll love them :)

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