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December 8, 2010

As part of the marketing department, I'm constantly multitasking and discovering ways to be more purposeful about the things I do, in order to increase efficiency. It occurred to me that this translates to my personal life as well. I love to shop, find the perfect gifts for others, and support notable causes. Here are some gifts that will not only support these special organizations, but will also remind your loved ones to help others in need.

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Aveda Gift of Hope Exhilaration Gift Set

I've been on the lookout for more hair care products lately. The Rosemary Mint set is a great scent to help rejuvenate and relax your friends while taking care of their hair. If mint isn't for you, there are other Gift of Hope sets from Aveda available on the website. The tagua nut accessory, made by the indigenous people of Colombia, is a token to remind you that you’re helping to preserve their rainforests. Your gift supports: communities protecting the rainforest in Colombia.

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b.cause Gund Bear

I remember being jealous of my sister’s Gund bear when I was younger. This super-soft, stylish bear is not only huggable, it also comes with a Christmas story. Bloomingdales donates $8 to CMI with every purchase. Your gift supports: The Child Mind Institute, devoted to transforming mental health care for the world's children to enable them to reach their full potential.

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The Half-Pint Box

The holidays always call for gift baskets—it's the universal gift. Opt for a more unique basket this year, freshly packaged with the right balance of salty and sweet treats. These handmade products are from local Bay Area small businesses. Your gift supports: Local entrepreneurship and the work of La Cocina.

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Classic LBD

This isn’t your ordinary little black dress. The founder of The Uniform Project wore this dress everyday for a YEAR to fundraise for the Akanksha Foundation. Show your support and get creative with your wardrobe! The factory in India pledges to donate $1 to the Akanksha Foundation and $14 of your purchase can go to the foundation as well. Your gift supports: The Akanksha Foundation, and the education of underprivileged children in India.

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Mission: Makeup “Buy one, set one free” Lip Gloss

Mission: Makeup is a recently created cosmetics company, and I anticipate more products from them soon! And guess what? They’re 100% vegan. Beauty IS on the move. Your gift supports: girls rescued from the sex trade, providing them with food, clothing, dignity, shelter, and love.

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Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream

I love this lotion! I can’t get enough of the scent, and the bottle is small enough to carry around. I plan to buy some as gifts and also buy another for myself. Your gift supports: ECPAT, to combat and raise awareness of sex trafficking of children and young people.

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