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Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2013: San Francisco

The holidays are quickly approaching and what great way to celebrate the spirit of giving than by giving a gift that keeps on giving? We have compiled a list of charitable and stylish gifts from local small businesses that give back to their communities.

Looking for a gift that connects you and your bestie? Consider the Best Friends Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani.

(Photo credits: alexandani.com)

(Photo Credit: AlexAndAni.com)

Alex and Ani, LLC was launched by Carolyn Rafaelian in 2004 and has locations all over the United States, including one in San Francisco. She offers eco-friendly and positive energy jewelry that enlighten the mind and empower the spirit. She also believes in empowering those that are in need of assistance, therefore she started the Charity by Design collection. 20% of the proceeds from the Charity by Design collection will go toward organizations such as Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Stand Up to Cancer, American Red Cross, and many many more.

PRICE: $48 for the set, plus shipping.

Alex and Ani San Francisco
2103 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Ph. 415-673-2841

This winter, keep your loved ones warm by giving them a pair of stylish and warm boots from In Her Shoes!

(Photo credits: inhershoespa.com)

(Photo Credit: InHerShoespa.com)

In Her Shoes is a boutique store located in Palo Alto, CA that carry shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Pam Rosekrans‘ passion for philanthropy and fashion led her to open this store in 2006. In Her Shoes supports the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization Global Fund for Women and 100% of its profits go toward this organization.

PRICE: $605.

In Her Shoes
Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real #45
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Ph. 650-326-9644

Know someone that’s stylish, charitable, and loves books? Then, head down to Books, Inc. and purchase them a copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a story about kindness, generosity, and compassion that perfectly embodies the holiday spirit.

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(Photo Credit: Google.com)

Books, Inc. is an independent bookstore with 12 locations in California and has been in business since 1851. Books, Inc. serves local communities and schools with programs such as book fairs, school fundraisers, and discount programs for teachers and students.

PRICE: For prices, please visit the store.

Books, Inc.
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Ph. 415-931-3633

This holiday show someone that you appreciate them by giving them a gift set from Kiehl’s that is filled with products for their hair and skin so that they can maintain their stylish image through the hustle and bustle of this holiday season.

(Photo credits: kiehls.com)

(Photo Credit: Kiehls.com)

Kiehl’s is a company that develops products to help us keep our hair and skin healthy. Kiehl’s also has a program called Kiehl’s Gives that supports Kiehl’s three pillar causes: HIV/AIDS research, environmental issues, and children’s well-being. So far, Kiehl’s has donated $3,500,000 to organizations that support Kiehl’s three pillar causes.

PRICE: $44 plus shipping.

865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph. 415-644-0112

Looking for a way to organize your desk this holiday season? Check out these stylish Glass Knot paper weights from West Elm. This holiday season West Elm is partnering with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital campaign by donating $5 of the purchase price to support the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. Through the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign over $387 million were raised and used toward research and treatment to end childhood cancer.

(Photo credits: westelm.com)

(Photo Credit: WestElm.com)

PRICE: $19 – $39

WHERE: Westelm

If you want to further support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, there are also plenty of wonderful gifts from St. Jude Gift Shop. For those ladies in your life that are addicted to purses, there is a fabulous Nine West Tote Bag with matching coin purse for purchase on the St. Jude Gift Shop’s website. 100% of the profits will benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its continued mission to end childhood cancer.

(Photo credits: http://giftshop.stjude.org)

(Photo Credit: Giftshop.stjude.org)

PRICE: $49

WHERE: St Jude Gift Shop

For all the mothers out there, be stylish while running errands with this adorable reusable shopping tote bag from Giggle! It also folds compactly so you can put it away when you don’t want to carry it! Plus, all the mothers will be happy to know that proceeds from the sale of this product will benefit the Orphans International Worldwide – OIWW has been supporting orphaned children in Africa, Asia, and America since 1999.

(Photo credits: giggle.com)

(Photo Credit: Giggle.com)


2110 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Ph. 415-440-9034

This holiday season give the gift of kindness to the kindest person you know in your life. This candle holder called Kindness from Glassybaby is the perfect gift for that kind person because 10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ will be donated to the UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay to help cancer patients.


(Photo Credit: GlassyBaby.com)

PRICE: $44 

3665 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Ph. 415-423-3694

Holiday shopping stressing you out and you can’t seem to find the right gift? Then, give the gift of gift cards that give back! Gift cards from GlobalGiving allows recipients to choose which organization they would like the money on their gift cards to support and they will also receive regular updates on how their donations have made an impact on the organization! GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives people from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.

(Photo credits: globalgiving.org)

(Photo Credit: GlobalGiving.org)

PRICE: varies

WHERE: GlobalGiving

For vodka lovers or those looking for a gift to bring to the host of holiday parties and dinners, the Belvedere Special Edition Red Vodka is just perfect! This special edition bottle raises proceeds for the Global Fund – an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. 50% of the global sale from every bottle of the Belvedere Special Edition Red Vodka will go toward supporting the Global Fund.

(Photo credits: http://www.belvederevodka.com)

(Photo Credit: BelvedereVodka.com)

PRICE: $33

WHERE: Belvedere Vodka

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