Hope you’re all doing amazing today! I’m kinda bummed we didn’t have time to go to the Christmas Market this year in Toronto, but I’m telling myself, to go once it opens for the season next year. We actually had plans to go earlier on in the week, Monday, but found out it was not open on Monday’s (after getting ready for my basic market photos 🤪), so we just went to do some Christmas shopping at Eaton’s and Sherway Gardens, went out for dinner and grabbed a new pack of playing cards. For my family and friends, hope you’re all ready to get burned in Speed. Don’t know how to play or never played it before? I highly recommend it. It’s VERY competitive and not to sound cocky, but I’m pretty good if I do say so for myself. Here’s a link.
Okay, now back to Christmas. Are you guys all done with your Christmas Shopping? I finally had time this week to do my shopping and now I just have to wrap them up and get some more gifts and stocking stuffers. If you’re like me and like to purchase gifts from companies and brands that give back to charity, finding one that meets your values and are genuine is kind of hard to find nowadays. Anyone can say they donate back to charity, but you have to be smart and do your research! Here are some charities or companies that give back:
Plan International is one of the charities I’ve been working with for years. It has a special place in my heart and honoured to be affiliated with a charity that gives back instead of profiting the donations. Our sponsor child is from a country in Asia, and when we first sponsored him, he was nearly a year old and now he’s gotten so big, is in school and best of all, healthy. It’s the little things in life like this that make my heart so full of love.
Real gifts that change real lives
“Gifts of Hope are not symbolic gifts – they are real gifts that change real lives. Many charitable gift programs direct your donation as they see fit. At Plan International Canada, we direct your donation to the specific gift you choose. When you choose a goat, your money goes directly to a goat program in a country like Cameroon. So the gift you choose is exactly where your money goes.”
To view other Gifts of Hope, please click here
Personally I would never drop 10 K + on a Cartier bracelet that everyone seems to have these days. It’s just not me and I feel uncomfortable with spending that much money for a bracelet that I don’t like. I like to own jewelry that means something to me or has a story to tell, but hey if you’re more a Cartier Love bracelet girl, then go for it and do what your heart desires. I love companies like Pura Vida because with every purchase, they donate a portion of the sale or net profit to a charity or cause. All of their products are handmade and all support a cause or charity. The causes and charity I chose above are some featured on their website that are very important to me. I have purchased matching bracelets for my favourite peoples and this is my go to for stocking stuffers and or adding something inside a card. Remember it’s not about how much you can spend, but the thought that counts ☺️
Bead Relief is another accessories company that donates a portion of their monthly net profits to charities. Like Pura Vida, they are handmade and are all made to support a charity or cause.
From their website,
One of my first purchases from Lokai was actually their Classic Lokai bracelet. My second was the Pact. The Lokai Pact featured causes and charities that hold a special place in my heart. The fact that you can wear something to promote a cause or charity, to make a difference, to help in any way, big or little is why I purchase items that have a story. I actually got the idea to donate portions of the net profit made from ninetyfour87 from Lokai. You get to create something you love, but also help people in return. What a great philosophy!
Like Steven, I also have a grandparent (my Lola) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Finding a cure and raising awareness for Alzheimer’s is something very dear and close to my heart and I love to support companies that also have the same philosophy.