Gifts that Give Back

These presents bring holiday cheer, and benefit a worthy cause.

Text by Allen B. Bunting

Project Wish Cake
You don't have to sweat over a holiday dessert this year. The Project Wish Cake ($39.95) is a two-layer, chocolate lover's dream. Thirty percent of cake sales are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to this specialty cake, Bake Me A Wish! offers other decadent goodies that benefit the organization: strawberry shortcake, cafe au lait cheesecake, carrot cake, caramel apple crumb cake, and more. Order online at

A Greater Gift
At, find many gifts and decor items, including a recycled metal marine scene wall piece ($70) and a sea life arpillera ($40). A Greater Gift, part of SERRV International, supports artisans and farmers around the world through fair, alternative trade. Visit

Charity Charms
Purchase one of these palm tree or sea star sterling silver clip-on charms ($50) to benefit the charity of your choice. Order online at

Philip Simmons Jewelry
Famous Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons designed many of the gates throughout the city. His designs are re-created in jewelry that is simple and special. Each piece―earrings, necklaces, and brooches displaying fish, egrets, and palmettos―benefits the Philip Simmons Foundation. Order online at

SeaKeepers Wreath
Decorate your home for the holidays, and help protect our oceans, with a wreath from Nautical Luxuries. Nautical Luxuries donates a portion of all wreath sales to the International SeaKeepers Society. Choose from sea-inspired designs such as the fresh evergreen wreath adorned with sand dollars and sea stars (22-inch diameter, $52); the Pawleys Island wreath with dried flowers, seashells, sand dollars, and sea stars (22-inch diameter, $50); the coastal breeze dried floral, sea star, and shell wreath; or the Catalina Island dried floral and sea star wreath. Order online at

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Kits
Welcome house guests this holiday season with a Dr. Hauschka kit ($15.95-$21.95). Twenty-five percent of sales from the Daily Aromatherapy face, body, and bath kits benefits Heifer International, a nonprofit organization working to end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance. Purchase kits in stores that carry Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, or online at or

Secret Gardens Note Cards
Send a holiday "thank you" on cards that display beautiful images of Nantucket gardens ($14.95). All cards sold benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the island's only health-care facility. Secret Gardens 2008 Calendar ($14.95) is also available. Order online at

Pelican Coast Neckwear
These 100-percent-silk ties and bowties come in cheerful colors and sea-life prints including fish tails, shrimp, oyster shells, and sail knots ($75). They are designed by a fifth-generation New Orleans family, and a portion of the proceeds goes to America's Wetland Foundation. Order online at

Sierra Club Atira Vineyards
Don't show up empty-handed at holiday parties. Toast a good cause with Sierra Club wine, which benefits the organization. Order online at (shipping laws vary by state), or call 888/968-7946 for more information.

Endangered Species Chocolate
A perfect stocking stuffer: Sales of these chocolate bars aid endangered species recovery programs. Order online at

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