The Girl's Guide to Giving Back

Give When You Give. My recommendations for unique and hand crafted gifts for all occassions that donate a portion of their proceeds to reputable non-profits and local artisans.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

First Moment of Peace

LOOONG weekend, but fun weekend. I lived through Thanksgiving (barely). Then my friend T came up, and we got to spend some girl time together. Now it's Sunday, and I am counting down the hours that I have before having to go to work tomorrow.

I wanted to share with you all a GREAT blog that I often steal.. I mean borrow.. ideas from. It's called and their blog often features gifts that give to charity! It's nice to find a site that has a similar sensibility so I check it often.

Last week they featured a t-shirt that benefits St. Jude hospital. I particularly like this bracelet that reminds me of a bracelet that a friend of mine from Look-Look used to have (Hi SF!). They also have a ton of other products that benefit the hospital including inspiration clothing, jewelry and more. Check their catalog out here.. Hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday weekend...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Product Red Web Site

Hey there- If you happened to be bored at work, check out the official site for Bono's Product Red. There are some good products on this site that benefit this organization that helps those in Africa that are dying of AIDs. Need a new cell and sick of those stupid pink Razors? I do. I am going to buy this one:

There's also an Amex you can get which gives 1% of what you spend to the fund. Plus a bunch of other great gift ideas (a watch from Armani, some Chuck Taylor Shoes). Plus, since it's all RED, it sure fits in with the Holiday theme!

Happy Thanksgiving. We're hosting for 27. Should be madness, but a hoot.

Monday, November 13, 2006

1000 Visits and Counting!

Well, I finally made it past the 1,000 visit mark. I would like to think that this is actually 1,000 people visiting my site, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it's mostly me, checking the site to see the count. And I think my friend KG does something with social bookmarking for me. But regardless, I'll go ahead and feel proud about it. It at least incentivizes me to keep going. I think I am supposed to comment on "similar" sites to get my traffic up, but the main problem is, there really aren't similar sites! Which is kind of a bummer. I really am going to try and practice what I preach this holiday season and buy some of my gifts through the sites that I've mentioned. And I hope that the few of you that are actually reading this blog do the same thing!

Anyway, while shopping for something to post about, I revisited the site They generally feature a few designers that donate (like my favorite Future Fashionista). I came across this site: Sweet Sky Jewelry. 10% of their proceeds go to one of three charities. Plus, the prices can not be beat ($40ish for most earrings). Great place to go holiday shopping!

How about this pair of earrings with your black New Years dress?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Future Fashionista

So I was browsing through some of my favorite sites today for holiday ideas, and came across this snapshot of my site on Future Fashionista! This really made my day. Elana looks like she really beefed up the site and redesigned it. There are a ton of new unique jewerly items that would make awesome holiday gifts. Future Fashionista also donates $1 from every item sold on their website to their charity of the month.

Check out some of her awesome new stuff here. I particularly like the giraffe necklace. It reminds me of Africa. Which reminds me of Mom. I know my cousin likes the little heart necklace (that happens to be on sale!). I really dig all of it...