5 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Finish your holiday shopping with heart-warming choices that benefit those who need holiday cheer the most.

Down to the wire on holiday shopping? Make a donation in someone's name. It's thoughtful, brings it back to what the holidays are all about and eliminates the stress of finding the perfect present.

Nonprofit memberships and donations make it easy to set an amount that’s right for your budget. Plus, most donations come with a colorful email certificate that you can frame. (I'm looking at you, Christmas Eve shoppers.) And if you really want to overnight and wrap something, a lot of charities have online shops with proceeds benefiting the organization.

National Audubon Society, Inc.

National Audubon Society, Inc.

My go-to is the National Audubon Society’s bird collection. These adorable plushies brighten an office desk, make a great stocking stuffer and are always a hit with kiddos. This year they have a Christmas-themed bird collection! You can buy three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Who doesn't want to help out a partridge in a pear tree?!

National Audubon Society, Inc.

National Audubon Society, Inc.

Here are some other great ideas that benefit charities: 

For the Nature Lover 

Because: They likely already have all the gear they need. Make a donation in their name to the National Park Foundation. Place the certificate inside a card with a fun note about their go-to trail. "To protect your favorite Instagram spot in the Smokys :)" 

For the Foodie

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Because: They got every kitchen tool imaginable in their wedding registry. Make a donation to No Kid Hungry. Our friends at Food Network are extremely passionate about this one. This holiday season, they're donating $1 for every tweet or Instagram of baked goods with #BakeItForward

For the Fashionista

Every $1 donated, warms two people in need. Will you give the gift of warmth this winter? www.onewarmcoat.org/donate

Posted by One Warm Coat on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Because: Don’t be a catalyst to their borderline-hoarding closet situation. Make a donation to One Warm Coat. This group has provided more than four million people across the country with a coat.

For the Tech Guru

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Because: They researched and pre-ordered anything you think they’d like months ago. Make a donation to Girls Who Code. This organization aims to close the gender gap in technology by providing computer science education to girls who may not be exposed to it at school or in their community. 

For the HGTV-Obsessed

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Because: You can't put Chip Gaines under their tree. Make a donation to Rebuilding Together, HGTV and DIY Network's official nonprofit partner. Rebuilding Together helps low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes. So many of our hosts and experts have chipped in with their projects, from Jason Cameron to Vanilla Ice.

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