GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
You’ve heard of charitable events like Macy’s Shop For a Cause event.
Their subtitle says it all: Shop With a Purpose.
A percentage of purchases from the listed retailers go to charity of your choice. Or your recipient’s choice. Any non-profit, school or association.
The percentages vary by merchant. See percentages below for the retailers listed in this article.Percentages don’t apply to gift card redemption or gift wrapping for most, if not all, merchants.
We-care.com doesn’t expect these donations will replace your normal giving or to have that great of impact individually. However, every little bit helps. When you multiply that little bit by hundreds or thousands, then it makes a difference. Plus, it takes little effort to make the donation and on something you need/want anyway!
The organization existed since 2008 and operates out of Mineola, NY. Here’s a New York Post article about We-Care.com.
We-care features a cause of the month (Diabetes for April). However, you can choose the cause dearest to Mom’s heart as recipient of the donation. So, it’s really two gifts in one! Make that three since Mom will see the donation as a gift to her as well.
Check out some possible categorizations for Mom. It should, at least, get you to thinking about who she really is and/or what she loves.
If you’re so inclined, you get 2-3 of the Women’s Running Response Fitted or Aktiv Tank for this mom. Or, bundle with a complimenting item. The Response features mesh racer back for needed air flow. The Aktiv also donates a portion to a cancer foundation. Both made of wicking material. Lots of other pants, bras and tanks on sale. First time orders: sign up for adidas email and get 10% off.
$24 $30 adidas.com 3.5% donation
Ensure Mom looks good during her workout/run with new stylish sneakers. Choose from Polo Ralph Lauren or Lacoste.
$50-$60 Finish Line 3.5% donation
Protect her smart phone with the Yurbuds Armband. Works with music players also. The armband blocks sweat and moisture from her device. It’s neoprene, so stretchable and secure. Also makes a great bundle gift with the earphones. Bonus: free shipping
$30 Finish Line 3.5% donation
Or, she might need new ear buds to keep the rhythm during her workout. The Yurbuds Inspire Earphones are also sweat and moisture resistant. Designed to fit the shape of the ear, these buds stay put during mom’s paces. Also makes a great bundle gift with the armband. Bonus: free shipping.
$30 Finish Line 3.5% donation
Mom need to get away? Book her a room at the AC Hotels by Marriott. Many cities to choose from for these stylish, urban hotels. This probably more a group gift depending on finances. Prices vary. AC Hotels also offer a 15% off advance reservations until 12/31/13.
AC Hotels by Marriott 1.5% donation
This Belted Lace High-Low Dress might not be her usual fare, but adventurous Mom probably will love this dress for her upcoming spring and summer celebrations. Sassy and flirty. She’ll probably also love that it’s hand wash.
$25 $34 jcpenney.com 3% donation
Mom goes to Vegas often? Or wish she could? Total Vegas offers a package deal of 15+ shows for $99. You, or the team, might also want to treat Mom to a stay. Many of the hotels (e.g. Bally’s, Caesars) slice 15% off 2 night stays until the end of May.
This mom probably craves new experiences. Give her wonderful choices with 1000 Ultimate Experiences by Lonely Planet. She’ll discover spectacular wonders, off the beaten path delights and more. Even if she only ventures out while in her own living room.
$23 urbandoutfitters.com 2.5% donation
Tata Harper believes that beauty and health can co-exist. Her Deluxe Beauty Set might delight your health conscious mom. The samples give mom a chance to decide which Harper products she loves before venturing into full size. Contains ten to twelve-day supply each of seven face products. The 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list included Tara,
$65 anthropologie.com 4% donation
A beautiful receptacle for her favorite fragrance: the Amaranthine Perfume Bottle. Handmade in Romania of borosilicate glass.
$40 $78 anthropologie.com 4% donation
Kiehl’s has been around since 1851. They know something about skin and hair products. If Mom loves trying new scents, especially unique scents, this is the one for her. The Aromatic Blends Coffret Set gives her 4 fragrances in a beautiful gift box. Each blended with unique ingredients from all over the world. Kiehl’s includes 3 complimentary samples with each purchase.
$55 kiehls.com 4% donation
The Porcelain Knife Sharpener makes a nice gift for the cook or griller. Handmade of hand carved, fallen tree branches, porcelain, metal and leather.
$25 $48 anthropologie.com 4% donation
Perhaps Mom would love the St. Remy 1890 Almond Blossom print by Vincent Van Gogh. Or, any of the other numerous art prints available. This one measures 27.5” x 21.5”. Per the site: all art prints are of a higher quality art reproduction than posters; and printed on thicker paper for an exceptional finish. Many, many more prints to choose from.
$34 barewalls.com 6.25% donation
Bear Gryllis ain’t got nothing on this mom. Ok so, maybe, gardening isn’t so Bear-like. Well, unless Mom has to fight off a persistent red wasp… At any rate, if she loves her garden, she’ll love a Canvas Garden Tote. This tote stays upright on its own. She’ll organize her gear into the three convenient inside sections. 2% goes to We Care
$50 landsend.com 2% donation
It’s still cool in many places. Also, where this mom ventures, it could be cool in July. (Still snowing in many places) The Reptile Allover Firebird Track jacket gives her stylish warmth. Zip pockets ensure she doesn’t lose her keys as she sets that tent. Eco bonus: made of 100% recycled polyester tricot. adidas has several styles and weights on sale.
$52 $75 adidas.com 3.5% donation
Mom finally has the iPad. Except, she doesn’t use it so she avoids “hurting” it. Get her the DODOcase Classic for iPad. She’ll love that it’s crafted and finished by hand. Also that it resembles a hardbound book when closed. Case also folds back making it easy for Mom to follow recipes on her iPad as she cooks.
$48 $70 jcpenney.com 3% donation
Keep Mom safe during her online ventures. Anonymizer provides a 12-year history of “online protection from home or when using Wi-Fi‚ anytime and anywhere you connect.”
$79 www1.anonymizer.com 12.5% donation
Since apparently winter will never end, the Crew Neck Sweater Coat might be a welcome gift. At any rate, Mom will have a fantastic coat for the next cold front. And you’ll get it at a great price. 50% wool, 50% acrylic, machine washable.
$89 $199 anneklein.com 2.5% donation
Mom might not mind admitting to near sightedness with the Beaded Congo Magnifying Glass. The lovely beadwork makes it a great addition to any desk/area.
$20 anthropologie.com 4% donation
This 18” Link Necklace features jet black stones and gold-tone links. It dresses up a suit or cocktail attire. 2.5% donation
$59 $95 anneklein.com
She’ll throw on a jacket with the Shimmer Herringbone Dress at the office. Later it guarantees her dramatic entrance and exit at dinner or the function. Simple but alluring, and ripe for accessorizing. (Check out the necklace above. Bundle? Team?) $59 $139 anneklein.com 2.5% donation
These gifts should give you a good idea or get your neurons percolating. With the sheer number (over 2600) of partner merchants on We-Care.com, you should have no problem finding the perfect gift to fit your altruistic mom. She’ll be so proud that you also donated to her favorite cause. Two gifts in one. Three actually, since the charity will appreciate your gift as well.
As a reminder: donation levels* and coupon specials for the above merchants:
Adidas 3.5%, except gift cards
Anne Klein 2.5%, except gift cards
Anthropologie 4%, except gift cards
Finish Line 3.5%
Sale – 75% off selected items until 5/31/13
JCPenney 3% on each purchase, except gift certificates
Lands’ End 2% on regular price; 1% on clearance
Sale – 65%+ off On the Counter at Lands’ End Overstocks until 4/30/13 – go here for details (2% donation applies)
Free shipping w/orders over $50 until 8/27/18
Happy Frugalista Shopping!
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