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Last Minute Gifts That Give Back

Holiday season can be more hectic than usual. From preparing the home for guests, hours of cooking and baking, and decorating to get that festive feel—all added to our typical daily schedules—can make shopping for gifts near impossible. If you still have a few people left to shop for, but are stumped on what to get, try one of this last minute gift ideas that also donate to a cause.

For the Foodie (and Everyone)

You can’t go wrong with tasty morsels, of all kinds!

wine and chocolate pralines
Photo by Fotolia/Grafvision.

Seattle Chocolates donates a meal to food banks, nationwide, for every bar of chocolate purchased. Cultivate Wines will help you celebrate the season, as well as donate a portion of their proceeds to elementary education. And TOMS coffee helps provide safe water to those in need for every TOMS Roasting Co. product purchased, as part of their One for One campaign.

If you’d like more options, Tasting Table has a few more suggestions to choose from.

For the Traveler

Show your support for the loved ones in your life who have a touch (or more) of wanderlust.

Parks Project projects map
Photo via ParksProject.us.

Perfect for any adventurer and National Park lover, Parks Project apparel will allow you to support their love of the great outdoors (and their favorite park) by purchasing their gift from a company dedicated to funding habitat restoration, conservation and education programs within our national parks.

NPR Road Trip Collection CDs
Photo via NPR.org.

Any active mind is just as important as an active body. NPR has collected various stories into their Road Trip Collection—sure to entertain, inspire and support continued NPR programming.

For the Beauty Guru

Not all beauty products are created equal. Make sure the beauty-lover in your life is excited to pamper herself and feel good about it!

love goodly box
Photo via LoveGoodly.com

Subscription services, like ipsy and Nourish Beauty Box, are convenient, super-popular options for trying new beauty goodies. If you want to take your gifting to the next level, consider Love Goodly: Subscriptions are bi-monthly, so plenty of time to use the products before getting new ones; include only vegan, non-toxic products; and 5 percent of each purchase goes toward Farm Sanctuary and Cure Cervical Cancer. Plus, a subscription will remind your friends and family of your thoughtfulness throughout the year!

Find more excellent ideas in The Gift of Charity: Products That Give Back.