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Ring In 2013 with Fabulous Gifts
December 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Holidays have come to a close but you might still have a few New Year's parties to attend or maybe you want to pick up a little something for yourself that Santa might have forgotten. Start the New Year off right with these give back and/or eco-friendly gifts.

 Jewelry to Support a Local Cause. I love changing up an outfit with a piece of jewelry and if I can support a cause at the same time-it's a bonus. Support Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts while supporting a local business, check out Bird on Wire Design.  The sale of  the necklaces designed with waves and the word strong on them directly benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Give them as gifts or buy them for yourself -either way, you can know that you helped someone in need with your purchase! Proceeds go to Restore the Shore Projects and Waves for Waters efforts along the Jersey Shore.

Eco-Friendly House Cleaning. Holiday exhaustion has set in, there have been people in and out of your house for weeks, why not treat yourself or someone you know, to an eco-friendly house cleaning? It's the perfect way to start off a healthy year right. Check out and type in your city to find eco-friendly cleaners in your area. 

 Kauzbots.  Need a couple of unique kids' gifts? Kauzbots robot toys are the perfect plush toy to support causes in a unique way. There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each created to inspire kids and adults to change the world. Ten percent of the retail price of robot plush toys and accompanying apparel is donated to the kauz (aka cause) close to the robot's heart. Some causes include: autism, pediatric oral healthcare, homelessness, music for a cure, clean water and more.  

 Josie Maran Cosmetics. Need a new lipstick or Argan Oil to make your hair shine while ringing in the New Year? Why not try an organic option that also partners with a cause? Check out Josie Maran Cosmetics. Her line of organic and natural skin, hair and cosmetic products partner with several causes. A portion of sales of Bear Naked Wipes supports the National Resource Defense Council's efforts to save polar bears, and her Argan Oil is manufactured in Morocco at co-ops that employ, educate, and help empower women.

Dear Diary. Need to keep track of all the important milestones in 2013? Love Disney and Minnie Mouse in particular? Then check out Barney's Disney Electric Holiday. The diaries feature a silver embossed silhouette of Minnie Mouse®, silver-edged pages, and the diary closes with a Minnie Mouse®-shaped silver tone lock and key. An extra key is included, in case of lock outs, and the diaries are available in neon blue, pink and yellow.   Barney's is donating 25 percent of the retail price of the collection items to the American Red Cross.

Headbands. Want to liven up your hair or give a cute chic gift to a friend? Headbands of Hope has a variety of unique adorable headbands. For every headband purchased, one is donated to a girl with cancer and $1 is given to St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

Remember: you are what you give. Start 2013 off right by giving the best gift you've ever given-all while helping out a great cause.

How are you planning on starting 2013 off right? Are you buying yourself or anyone you know something special?


  • sukainah
    December 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I'm not buying any gifts for the new year, but those are good ideas!

  • natesmom1228
    December 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I am going to use the Kohls cash that I have. It's only good into Jan 1st. That is about all the spending that I will be doing.

  • SarahSuzyQ
    December 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM
    We don't really do New Year's gifts, but I like the idea of gifts that give back.
  • Madelaine
    December 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Good ideas!

  • GwenMB
    by GwenMB
    December 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    We won't be buying any additional gifts - unless wanting a retirement gift for my mom counts!  She retires Jan 2 - how's that for starting the new year off right?

  • MamaBear2cubs
    December 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    We don't do New Years gifts

  • jessicasmom1
    December 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    No New Gifts for the New Year 

  • goddess99
    December 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    We don't do New Years gifts.

  • dusky_rose
    December 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    No New Year gifts here, but I knitted myself a hat. LOL

  • alliesmom112
    December 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    We have our annual After Christmas Christmas Party for our Sunday School class so we will be buying 2 more gifts. Thanks for the great idea 

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