Whether for Christmas, birthdays, showers or another special occasion, we always seem to be shopping for presents. You can pull double duty and enlighten your gift recipient and others with your thoughtfulness by choosing a gift tied to a charitable cause.Of the many fashion and beauty products benefiting various charitable organizations around the globe, here's a cool top 10 that stand out.
10. Give a toteDesigned by Marimekko exclusively for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, this stylish cotton canvas tote has a pink-ribbon-motif zipper pull. A full 100 percent of the net profits will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Grab Avon's limited-edition Crusade Tote for the book lover, teacher or woman in your life who will appreciate a tote that could help change the world. $10, www.avon.com
Lush USA, makers of fresh handmade cosmetics, have a wonderful product for the passionate protector on your holiday buying list. The Lush Charity Pot hand and body cream gives money directly to worthy causes around the globe. Choose a group focused on environmental conservation, animal welfare, humanitarian issues or other cause, and it gets 100 percent of proceeds from the sale. If your cause is not on the list, you can email the company with an organization or group's info. www.lush.com
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8. Give toolsWe all know a great pair of tweezers is one of the tools of the beauty trade. Try the Japonesque Jigsaw Slant Tip Tweezers and help benefit the Autism Society of America. The brushed stainless steel tool is finished with a deep enamel coating and bright colors for a fun look and feel. This tweezer is designed for flawless, expert hair removal and makes the uncool task of hair removal at least look cool. $20, www.japonesque.com
7. Give teesGive and Take Tees are the perfect gift for those who want to raise awareness about certain causes and make a statement with their wardrobes. The message on these vintage cotton wash tees is intended to ignite a positive response and to encourage activism in a hip, stylish manner. And you can choose which cause to support. www.giveandtaketees.com
Soft Hands, Kind Heart hand cream has angelica extract, known for its protective and soothing benefits, and organic olive oil to condition and soften the hands. It's a non-greasy formula that sinks into the skin to moisturize and condition. By purchasing this product, you can show your support for children and young people victimized by sex trafficking around the globe. $10, www.thebodyshop-usa.com
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