Giving and Giving Again: One for One Shopping

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m hoping to keep the spirit of giving thanks alive as we enter the true giving season.  I was grateful for the opportunity to share this giving opportunity on NBC Connecticut on Sunday.  I will share the TV clip as soon as I get it!  Until then, please enter the giveaway below for a few extra gifts this season.

“Buy One, Give One”  or “One for One” shopping is making a major impact this holiday season.  For every item purchased by a consumer, participating companies are committed to making a donation of a similar item or the cash equivalent to those in need.   Far beyond TOM’s Shoes and FEED bags are a myriad of carefully designed products, inspired by their creator’s desire to better the world.  It may seem like a corporate gimmick, but when you read the companies’ mission statements and their founders’ bios, choosing to make these purchases is a simple, easy way to give during the holiday season and all year round.

“Buy once, give twice.”  Baby Teresa Clothing

“Show the World You Give A Shirt.” You and Who

“We are a part of a movement to help consumers turn their everyday purchases into acts of generosity towards people around the world.” Smile for the People

“When you make a (one to one) purchase, you give some kindness to someone you know, and someone you’ll never meet.” WINK Bags

“Our mission is to empower change by spreading the most fundamental need for happiness and prosperity — health.” Kutoa Bars

FOR THE TRAVELER/BEAUTY QUEEN: WINK Bags (http://winkbags.com)

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Inspired by one mother’s stay at the Ronald McDonald House, WINK (When In Need of Kindness) sells stylish toiletry bags with luxury products from Soap & Paper Company inside. When you buy a WINK bag, one bag (filled with important travel-size basic toiletries) is donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms across the U.S. so family members staying with their critically ill children don’t have to worry about these necessities.  Each adorable chevron-printed WINK bag contains a custom all natural WINK lip balm, a 4 oz. shea butter soap and corresponding solid perfume. $36 each.

FOR THE HEALTH FOOD LOVER: KUTOA BARS (kutoa.com)

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In Swahili the word ku-toa means “to give.”  For every KUTOA health bar purchased, KUTOA donates, through a partnernship with the World Food Program, a nutrition pack to a child suffering from malnutrition, providing them with the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  The KUTOA bars are made with all natural ingredients including organic oats, fresh fruit and nuts.  My husband snacks on bars daily and he gave these two thumbs up.  The bars come in four flavors: cherry cashew, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate banana and blueberry almond.  $25.99 per dozen

FOR THE NEATNIK: Smiles for the People (smilesforthepeople.com)

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Smiles for the People’s Original Adult Brush is a premium toothbrush made from 100% biodegradable bamboo. The brush has an ergonomically curved design that makes it comfortable and beautiful. For every toothbrush you buy, Smiles for the People gives the cash equivalent of ONE toothbrush to one of their partner dental charities.  These donations enable Smiles for People’s giving partners to design locally appropriate interventions for their communities’ unique local needs. $5 each.

FOR THE NEW PARENTS: Baby Teresa (baby-teresa.com)

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Baby Teresa was founded by two women who wanted to do something that would allow them to give back.  Rather than simply profit from their organic baby clothes and accessories, they decided to set their company up under a one for one giving model.  For each baby outfit they sell, another one is donated to a child in need somewhere in the world through one of Baby Teresa’s many charity partners (http://baby-teresa.com/donation-sites/).  All of the socially responsible clothing from Baby Teresa is made from fabulously soft cotton that is 100% organic.

FOR THE T-SHIRT LOVER: You and Who (youandwho.com)

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You and Who markets original design t-shirts and for every one sold, a matching shirt is donated to someone in need in the city of the artist who designed the shirt through local charity partners. Through this model, You and Who is not only helping those in need, but also the very artists who design the one for one t-shirts, providing exposure for their work and paying them $1 from the sale of each of their one for one t-shirt designs that is sold.

Find more buy one, give one products:

Thanks for checking out all these great products and wonderful companies.   To get the giving going, I will be giving away a One for One Holiday Package, including one WINK cosmetic bag, six Kutoa Bars and two Smile for the People toothbrushes (a $60 value).

Love Them Madly One for One Giveaway

How To Enter:

1. Comment on this post by sharing below your favorite way to GIVE during the holiday season.

2.  Next, do one of the following: subscribe to Love Them Madly (fill in your email, top right corner of this page) or LIKE LOVE THEM MADLY on Facebook.

3. The contest will close at midnight on December 10th. All entries will be entered onto www.random.org on December 11th and a winner will be randomly selected.  THE WINNER IS AMY DEUTSCH!
WINK, Kutoa and Smiles for the People provided me with free samples of their products to review.  I was under no obligation to review them, nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the products I received.
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Comments

  1. Tisa says:

    Great concept! Underscores the true meaning and spirit of the season. It’s a way to “pay it forward” through gift giving. Love it!

  2. Kim says:

    LOVED your segment on NBC CT today. These are all awesome companies with an important platform! Imagine our world if all our products did one for one…

  3. Dean says:

    It is great to hear that companies are truly embracing the spirit of the holiday season. Thanks LTM for sharing these great ideas – can’t wait to check out these products and incorporate a little one for one in my life as well.

  4. Hi Jodie, Fabulous blog and thank you so much for including Baby Teresa in this list of very inspiring company!

  5. Nerissa says:

    As the old cliche goes, “you never cease to amaze me.” Blessings to you for making this world a better place with your tender heart 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    What fabulous products! I had some additional gifts to buy and you provided the perfect solution and a way to pay it forward at the same time. I love it!!!!!!!

  7. Papa John says:

    Fabulous ideas and great causes

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