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10 Gifts that give back

Crystal Patriarche is the Director of Parenting Content for SheKnows and oversees the SheKnows Book Lounge. She's a mother, a life-long book lover, an Arizona State University journalism and public relations graduate and entrepreneur. ...

Gifts for a cause

Whether for Christmas, birthdays, showers or another special occasion, we always seem to be shopping for presents. Touch the 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, we've highlighted 10 that stand out.

10. Keep Time

Avon is the largest corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause. You can join in the effort by purchasing items from their Avon Cares collection, like this Breast Cancer Crusade Strap Watch for just $15. 100% of the profits from this timepiece go to support breast cancer research.

9. Give charity

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

8. Bag it up

These organic cotton canvas bags come in six different designs and are great for students who want to skip a boring backpack, moms who need to tote all their gear and even as reusable shopping bags! During October, Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods is donating a portion of their proceeds from the bags to breast cancer research. www.dandeliontotes.com.

7. Give tees

Give 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


6. Give soft hands

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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