8 Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Charity

These gorgeous gifts donate proceeds to charity, so everyone on your list gets a double dose of holiday cheer.

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The holidays can be equal parts frightful and delightful when it comes to giving the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There’s inevitably always one (or more!) person to shop for who seems to simply have it all. But a gift that also gives back is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

So we went on the hunt to find the must-have holiday gifts that also help out those in need. Companies are increasingly embracing the “give back” model, and these posh presents are so cute that you’ll feel a double dose of holiday cheer:

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Feed Bag Guatemala Wristlet – Each wristlet purchase provides 50 micronutrient packets to children in Guatemala. Available for $20 at feedprojects.com.

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Falling Whistles Original Necklace – For each sale, 50 percent supports Project Internet, which works to finance a series of Internet cafes in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. The cages serve as a hub for learning, culture and entrepreneurship. Available for $50 at fallingwhistles.com.

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31 Bits Bracelets for Keep a Breast – For each sale, 40 percent is donated to Keep a Breast, and also funds health education programs in Uganda. Available for $16 at 31bits.com.

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(RED) iPhone case – When you purchase this product, 10 days of life-saving pills are provided for a person living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Available for $45 at red.org.

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Harney and Sons ‘Love Life’ 20 Sachet Tin – For each sale, 50 percent is donated to GMHC, which is an organization that fights to end the AIDS epidemic and improve the lives of those affected. Available for $12 at harney.com.

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LUSH Cosmetics New Charity pot – 100 percent of every purchase (with the exception of taxes) is donated to small grassroots organizations working with environmental conservations, animal welfare and human rights. Available for $6.95 at lushusa.com.

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KITE for Uweza Pencil Pack Oak Finish – For each pencil pack purchased, a child in need receives a free pencil pack. Available for $10 at kiteproducts.com.

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TOMS Sandela Purple Craze Sunglasses – Every eyewear purchase supports TOMS mission to help restore sight to an individual with sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses or medical treatment. Available for $139 at toms.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

 

 

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Best Beauty Gifts for Your Body

Introducing Wishlist Wednesday! Each week, we’ll share the best beauty, health and wellness gifts this season and give you a chance to win them!

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Just in time for the holiday season, we couldn’t be more excited to announce Spa Week Daily’s new weekly column, Wishlist Wednesday! Every Wednesday, throughout the month of December, we’ll feature the most coveted beauty, health and wellness products that promise to make everyone on your gift list feel truly treasured, while also putting them on the path to wellness.

From the best body scrubs, to the most irresistible eyeshadow palettes and every must-have goodie in between, make sure you check out Spa Week Daily’s wishlist each Wednesday because we have another surprise in store. Show us that you love our wishlist by sharing it on social media, and you could win a special prize pack filled with an assortment of these amazing products. We’ll be picking the winners weekly, so stay tuned!

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Juice Beauty Ylang Ylang Spa Collection – We never pass up an opportunity to experience the relaxing, restorative effects of the spa, so when Juice Beauty created a line of products that channel the spa from the comfort of home, we had to learn more. The Ylang Ylang Spa Wash, Spa Lotion and Spa Cleansing Bar are all organic, and incorporate aromatherapy to transport you to your happy place. This is definitely the gift to give to someone who deserves a proper pampering session.

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Alba Botanica Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body LotionWe were instantly impressed by this skin-quenching lotion that’s almost immediately absorbed without a trace of unwanted residue. Formulated with unrefined coconut oil, coconut milk and shea butter, you’ll feel good about lathering up with the Very Emollient Body Lotion that’s never tested on animals.

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Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia Travel Set – Ideal for the jetsetter on your gift list, Sonia Kashuk’s Purple Seductia Bath and Body Travel Set is conveniently packaged to pamper the girl on the go. Pomegranate, rose and patchouli make these products smell like sheer decadence, and the Body Butter, Eau de Toilette and Shower Gel combo make any getaway feel instantly glamourous.

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Indie Lee Lemongrass Lotion – The fresh, invigorating smell of lemongrass is captured in this luxe lotion that penetrates deep to deliver a hefty dose of moisture. While we’re familiar with the refreshing scent of lemongrass, we were intrigued to discover that the dried leaves also have natural healing elements that firm, cleanse and refine dull skin.

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Lalicious Sugar Scrub Tower – This isn’t the first time these luxurious scrubs have made our list of must-haves, and for good reason! The whipped sugar scrubs are purely divine, and have the power to slough off the scaliest skin. Lalicious’ Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub Tower allows you to test out every delicious scent and delivers deep moisture to soften the skin.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Oils – While lesser known than its coconut and argon counterparts, grapeseed oil has become an increasingly popular skincare ingredient thanks to its ability to soothe problem and sensitive skin.  Grapeseed oil is light and odorless, also making it ideal for light massages. One of the biggest benefits of this natural skincare ingredient is that it doesn’t leave a greasy finish, which is ideal for daily use.

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B-lēve Body Lotions – Incorporating the brand’s signature Oleofirm technology, these lotions are quite advanced as far as skincare goes. The principle behind Oleofirm is that tiny microspheres release moisture throughout the day, as well as during application, to deliver around the clock relief to dry, damaged skin. The lotion comes in a variety of scents, and the delicately sweet and floral b-passionate variety is a fan favorite.

Don’t forget to share this wishlist on social media for your chance to win a prize pack as our gift to you!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Week Thanksgiving Menu 2014

With the help of The Hot Mom Squad, we bring you our absolute favorite Thanksgiving dishes of the year.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! After receiving countless, delicious recipes from Hot Moms across the country, we finally narrowed it down to our absolute favorite Thanksgiving dishes for 2014. The competition was fierce, but we know these top five items will make any Thanksgiving menu an unforgettable and tasty experience. Get your ovens and stoves ready, because you’re going to want to cook each and every one of these decadent dishes. Have a wonderful weekend and dig in!

Appetizer

Starting your meal off right is essential when serving a large holiday meal. When we discovered Chicken Soup with Gnocchi by Dana Vento, we knew that this hot dish would warm the bellies of every guest while getting them ready for the main course.

Entree

No one is a bigger fan of the turkey tradition than we are, but not everyone shares our love of the big bird. Having a second entree that incorporates another protein will help please everyone at the table. When we received the Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce recipe from Daisy Bryce, we knew it would be a delicious addition to our banquets year after year.

Side Dish

Side dishes are often overlooked when focusing on the main course, leaving many Americans scrambling to make unhealthy and fatty trimmings. We knew we had to find a tasty and healthy side dish to please our guests while lightening our cooking loads, and the Redone Mashed Potatoes by Rachael Pontillo are the perfect option. These cauliflower delights are easy to make and will win over any potato lover.

Dessert

Ending the meal on a high note is key, so finding the perfect dessert is a necessity. While many obsess over pumpkin and sweet potato concoctions, we found a delicious cheesecake that is a little different, but still equally satisfying. The Caramel Banana Pudding Cheesecake by LeTroy Cooke is the perfect creamy, cheesy dessert to top off a fantastic evening.

Drink

Serving after-dinner drinks is a great way to continue to relax and converse with your guests, but finding the right concoction can be tricky. Many Americans play holiday music as soon as the leftovers are stowed, so incorporating a red and green drink is fun way to get into the yuletide spirit. Here at Spa Week, we think the Spiced Cranberry Pomagranate Margarita from Carol Jones is the perfect cocktail to sip while digesting the big meal.

Hot Mom Holiday Tips: Chicken Soup with Gnocchi

With the impending chilly Thanksgiving weather almost upon us, Hot Mom Dana Vento has the perfect recipe for a toasty appetizer.

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Every great Thanksgiving meal starts with an array of mouth-watering appetizers, and this year is no different. With snowflakes making a surprise appearance on weather forecasts everywhere, we knew we needed to find something hot and yummy to start the feast.

Thankfully, we discovered the perfect soup to warm your bellies in preparation for the tasty turkey.  As a bonus, giving guests something to nibble on will keep them happy and out of your way while you put the finishing touches on the main course. Just make sure to ladle up smaller bowls so your friends and family still have a nice appetite left for the banquet ahead.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow because we will be bringing you our Spa Week Thanksgiving Menu, just in time for Thursday’s celebrations. While you’re in the cooking mood, join us on Pinterest for our Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Contest. It’s just another way you could win a spa day on us!

Chicken Soup with Gnocchi

Recipe by Dana Vento of DanaVento.com / @DanaVento

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Ingredients

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

4 tbsp minced garlic

3 cans chicken stock

1 pint whipping cream

1/3 cup margarine

1 container store-bought potato gnocchi

1 container boneless skinless chicken

1 1/2 cups flour

Preparation

Clean, chop, and place in pot to sweat the veggies – celery, garlic, and carrots, the smaller the better – sweat by adding a small amount of broth and adding lid.

Next, add the chicken. Keep broth minimal and turn chicken as it cooks.

Add water and all the broth that you want.

In a separate pot, cook roux – flour (a few tbsp. at a time while it thickens), whipping cream, and margarine.

Once the soup has cooked (about 1 hour), add the roux and cleaned chicken meat.

Boil gnocchi, rinse, and drain.

Place a ladle full of gnocchi in bowl, and then ladle soup in.

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily.