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Charitable And Stylish Holiday Design Gifts 2013

For that die-hard décor and interiors aficionado in you, here’s our top ten picks of design gifts you will love this holiday season, not just for the pizzazz it adds to your life but the infinite ways it gives back to others during this season of gratitude and love.

1. Given Goods Company

(Photo Credit:Given Goods Company)

(Photo Credit:Given Goods Company)

With a name like that you know they are doing some giving and they are good at it! Well curated home goods are hard to come by on one site but these folks do a great job of it. Their website even has an impact map to show all the good being done around the world. We have our sights set on this 6 pack fold and play sound system made from recycled materials. Price: $59.99

Charity – Through reinvesting profits in The National Music Service and The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, provides positive educational experiences for students in low-income communities.

2. Tory Burch Foundation

Foundation Sunglasses

Foundation Sunglasses $149

Tory Burch has a website with stylish and elegant gifts which would make holiday gifting a pleasure. Great style, great cause: The Foundation Sunglasses feature a pattern of our signature sunflower logo inside each temple, giving the oversized, Seventies-chic shape a hint of graphic impact. Includes a protective orange case made from the highest-quality, scratch-resistant Italian leather. All profits from this purchase benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. Take a look!

Charity: The Foundation supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. through small business loans, mentoring programs and entrepreneurial education.

3. IKEA Foundation

(Photo Credit:IKEA Foundation)

(Photo Credit:IKEA Foundation)

With several locations across the world and multiple outlets in US cities, IKEA has come to be synonymous with affordability and quality. But each individual store has its own charity focus locally as also through the IKEA Foundation, currently focussed on their Soft Toys for Education campaign. Proceeds are from participating stores through November and December.

Charity: Benefits Save the Children and UNICEF. In 2012, they donated €9.3 million. Since 2003, the campaign raised nearly €57 million, supported 90 projects in 45 countries, helped 10 million children receive better education.

4. Architecture for Humanity

Exterior perspective of a building in Port au Prince (Photo Credit:Architects for Humanity)

Exterior perspective of a building in Port au Prince (Photo Credit:Architects for Humanity)

Architecture for Humanity works with communities around the world on site specific projects from a basketball court with an integrated rainwater collection system in Mahiga, Kenya to housing projects in Biloxi, Mississippi in response to damage done by Hurricane Katrina. They have built structures for more than 2 million in 46 countries. Make a donation in memory of a loved one or as a family towards supporting these projects and helping in completion of current undertakings in Tanzania,Ethiopia, etc. This nonprofit design services firm is building a more sustainable future through professional design.

5. Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

(Photo Credit:Cooper-Hewitt Museum)

(Photo Credit:Cooper-Hewitt Museum)

The only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design has a gift shop online with unique gifting options. The goal of the gift shop is to create a true design destination offering a selection of works by established and emerging designers that will surprise, delight and inspire. All proceeds generated in The Shop support Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This Areaware cast iron Menorah designed by Josh Owen is minimal and modern, and makes for a lovely family heirloom for future generations. Price: $100

6. Fair Trade Designs

(Photo Credit:Fair Trade Designs)

(Photo Credit:Fair Trade Designs)

Shop ethically without sacrificing your style at this California-based company. They provide handcrafted, fairly traded, sustainably produced gifting ideas on their website. Our attention went towards the eye-catching stationery and candles beautifully designed in holiday colors and themes. Who could have enough stationery or candles to go around for the holidays?

Charity: A member of the Fair Trade Federation, the company supports human trafficking victims and donates portion of proceeds to nonprofits dedicated to eradicating this violation of human rights.

7. Your local Museum of Design chapter

The Museum of Design in Atlanta (Photo Credit: MODA ATL)

The Museum of Design in Atlanta (Photo Credit: MODA ATL)

Giving locally is equally as rewarding as giving globally and your local Museum of Design chapter is a good bet as any for an educational organization doing good work in the community. Shop at your local Museum of Design gift store to help them with their educational programming and outreach efforts. Check this list for a museum near you and visit the gift shop or purchase online to support the integral role that local and city design museums play in our society. You’ll be surprised the brilliant design gifts you can find at these hidden gems!

8. West Elm

(Photo Credit:West Elm)

(Photo Credit:West Elm)

Famous for their stylish décor and on track fashionable interior accessories, West Elm’s motto is to make great design affordable, collaborate whenever they can and get a little greener every day. They work a lot with natural materials and clean modern lines with a focus on multi-functionality and comfort. They are inspired by and work with artisans and nonprofits around the world. This white feather wreath screams holidays loud and clear. Add a touch of understated glamour to your home through the holidays and beyond. Price: $19. But don’t let us stop you, peek around for your own gift ideas!

9. Crate and Barrel

(Photo Credit:Crate and Barrel)

(Photo Credit:Crate and Barrel)

Crate and Barrel helps rebuild homes and revitalize communities across the country as part of their three-year, $1.5 million partnership with Rebuilding Together. Purchase their limited-release artist ornaments and special-edition $100 gift cards – For each ornament sold, $10 is donated to Rebuilding Together. $20 for every $100 special-edition gift card sold.  Ornament here is priced $16.95

Charity: Rebuilding Together rebuilds homes and lives of America’s homeowners in need. Crate and Barrel is dedicated to supporting this very important cause by donating resources and time to national rebuilding efforts.

10. FireBelly Design

Typeforce II Book (Photo Credit:Firebelly Design)

Typeforce II Book (Photo Credit:Firebelly Design)

And finally, this catalogue of typographic artistry and a recount of the gallery reception experience offered by FireBelly, a Chicago-based company. Focused on positive world change connecting authentic companies with real people in socially responsible ways, they advocate Good Design for Good Reason. Broken up into three distinct sections, the book meshes tradition and energy through colorful visual cues; the motivation (blue), the substance (color), and the experience (red). Size is 6in x 9in. Price: $20.

And the best part – you can buy all of these fabulous gifts online, in the comfort of your home! Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

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