Holiday Gifts that Give Back

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Choose from more than 100 top brands and 1.4 million charities for a gift that gives back this holiday season. Photo: Flickr/stevendepolo

As you’re browsing the Web for that perfect holiday gift this season, why not choose a gift that gives back?

Founded in 2008 by Neiman Marcus retail veteran and former nonprofit board member Nancy Y. Taylor, Gifts that Give allows shoppers to choose from more than 100 top brands for that perfect gift. And the best part is – 20 percent of all proceeds are donated to the shopper’s charity of choice.

So, how does it work? Before you get started with your shopping, click on the “Causes” button at the top of the page to search for charities by topic and location. Shoppers can select from more than 1.4 million charities, including 18,000 local and national groups working to improve the environment.

Once you’ve made a purchase, $1 out of every $5 spent will be donated to the charity you chose. Charities range from national groups like Habitat for Humanity and Save the Whales – one of December’s featured causes – to local organizations like the City Parks Institute of Philadelphia, neighborhood PTAs and community groups.

If they’re donating that much to charity, the gifts must cost a fortune, right? Nope! All gifts are sold at regular retail prices, which range from $25 to $2,500 to suit any budget. Browse gifts by price range or check out their Favorite Gifts Under $50 for holiday shopping that won’t break the bank.

Want to take your giving one step further? Launch a Facebook fundraising campaign! The site’s one-of-a-kind Facebook store allows shoppers to launch their own campaigns within their social networks in four easy steps.

Simply designate a nonprofit, set a fundraising goal, select from hundreds of products to appear in your boutique and share with friends and family on Facebook to get them shopping for the cause. You can even use your personalized boutique to raise funds for charity walks, bike rides and runs in your area.

SEE: Earth911′s 2011 Holiday Gift Guides

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