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Gifts That Give Back

Charitable giving isn't always just about handing over money to a worthy cause. In fact, many not-for-profit organizations offer more-personal gift options that are sure to make this holiday one you (and someone in need) will never forget. Here are some of our favourite festive philanthropists.

By Lauren Gaiswinkler


The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is always looking for a helping hand, especially during the cold winter season. The organization provides many services, including cruelty investigation, shelter and adoption, and humane education, among others. Gift that keeps on giving: spay or neuter a pet, $65.

2. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Named the No. 1 children's cancer facility, St. Jude's has been leading the battle against pediatric cancers for nearly 50 years. Gift that keeps on giving: Lucky Brand Custom Necklace for St. Jude, $33.

3. Save the Children

Save the Children champions children's rights worldwide and works tirelessly to provide relief and support for youth in impoverished countires around the globe. Gift that keeps on giving: donkey, $100.

4. Toms

The footwear pioneer has taken its One for One movement to the next level with the introduction of eyewear to their product catalogue. Much like with its shoes, for every pair purchased, Toms will help give sight to a person in need by providing medical care, prescription glasses or sight-saving surgery. Gift that keeps on giving: Classic 201 sunglasses, $138

5. Habitat for Humanity

Your support for Habitat for Humanity will help provide someone a home this season. Its efforts to help break the cycle of poverty and ensure that everyone has a safe and decent place to live are world-renowned. Gift that keeps on giving: Loblaw's Everyday Essentials Habitat for Humanity Canada mug set, $10 (at Real Canadian Superstores)


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