2010: Holiday “Give” guide: Tory Burch, Feed and Ten Thousand Villages

How about doing something special this holiday season….GIVE BACK.  I know, interesting concept right?  While I would never suggest that you “MUST” donate to these organizations, I’m just offering some fun options that you may not know of.

I am a fan of Lauren Bush and her participation in Feed. This year, they have created a Guatemala 3 Large Ikat Tote, $39, available at Lord and Taylor stores.  For every bag that is purchased, they Feed will donate $10.50 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF’S nutrition programs in Guatemala.

This is in honor of designer and friend Tory Burch and the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps provide economic opportunities to women and their families in the U.S. Tory has created a Charm Bracelet and all profits from the bracelet will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation.  This is one of the very few – if not only…anything I’ve ever seen of this quality product, where the entire purchase price will go to charity.   She has other products as well on the site, so check them out.

While in Montreal last week, I remembered a great shop my mom took me to in North Carolina. Ten Thousand Villages has an incredible collection of absolutely unique fair-trade gifts from around the world, and work to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and compelling stories to market. You get to be a star with the perfect gift, while feeling good knowing you did something to help someone in need.   I’m sure there is a shop near you and remember…it does take a village. If you must give a take-a-way at your wedding, one of the great items they have will surely be perfect.

So just think about it.  You will be giving to your family and friends AND giving to those who need.  Isn’t that what the ‘season of giving’ is all about?


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