Bobbie's Buzz: Gifts that give back
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If you're going to buy presents for family and friends, why not make them twice as nice? TODAY style editor and author Bobbie Thomas highlights some extra thoughtful holiday goods.
Buy one, give two
Wrap up your loved ones this season — literally. For every one winter accessory you purchase, Echo Design will donate two comparable items via Fashion Delivers to those still affected by Superstorm Sandy. It's all part of their Share the Warmth campaign, which runs through Dec. 8 ($32-$120, echodesign.com).
Cook something up
Expand someone's recipe collection, and help change lives across the globe with Women for Women International's "Share" cookbook. The compilation features photographs and recipes from renowned international chefs and the kitchens of women living in war-torn countries. One hundred percent of the proceeds go right back into those countries, providing women with business training and job skills so they can get back on their feet ($29, joyus.com).
Give back with bangles
Chavez for Charity's beautiful bracelets come in 10 colors to support 10 different corresponding charities. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from each hue helps organizations such as Water.org (blue), Whole Earth Foundation (green), etc. Pick and choose your favorites for friends and family, or just for yourself ($10, chavezforcharity.com)!
Get the ball rolling
Testicular cancer is no laughing matter, but a company called Balls of Steel is aiming to raise awareness and funds for research with their light-hearted, cocktail-cooling balls. It's perfect for white wine, champagne, or other spirits you would prefer to not water down. Grab a pair for him, and show your support; 15 percent of sales go directly to charity ($24.99, originalbos.com).
Make an impact with make-up
Make the world a more beautiful place with some pretty products that give back. Now through Dec. 27, Jane Cosmetics will donate one item of makeup to a women's shelter for each item sold ($6-$20, ulta.com).
Laura Mercier is also on a mission to help this holiday. One hundred percent of the profits from their Shop for a Cause collection, which includes lip glace, baked powder and more, will be donated to their Ovarian Cancer Fund ($24-$48, lauramercier.com).
Last but not least, Taylor's Gift is an organization that's dedicated to increasing organ donor registries. The charity, started by the Storch family, teamed up with OPI to create Taylor Blue, a special shade that raises money to help increase awareness about organ donation ($10, taylorsgift.org).
Our resident style editor and author of The Power of Style, Bobbie Thomas shares the buzz about beauty, fashion, and more here on TODAY and at Bobbie.com. Consider her your go-to girlfriend, style MacGuyver, and wikipedia for women — who you've seen in her underwear. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.