i’ve always been a science and nature junkie and try to buy gifts that give twice
wonder no longer my friend, but Carl was almost close and always gives me a chuckle as well
Find gifts that benefit a healthy cause
**12:21 PM CST on Tuesday, December 4, 2007
By JAMIE KNODEL / The Dallas Morning News
If it’s better to give than to receive, then it must be even better to give a gift that gives twice. A range of products, from scarves to soccer balls, benefit a worthy cause. So skip the fruitcake this holiday season and make the folks on your list – and charities – happy.
Go bold with a purple fleece scarf ($18) from the Alzheimer’s Association. The winter accessory features a subtle logo of the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. www.alz.org
The Christopher Radko Little Bear Blue ornament ($48) adds shine and a conscience to any tree. The glass sparkler promotes autism awareness www.macys.com
JOIN THE FIGHT
Know someone who wears a Livestrong yellow band with pride? Add to their collection with a women’s cotton scarf ($24) or cozy fleece throw ($20) that supports the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s fight against cancer. www.livestrong.org
A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH
Infectious Awareables makes science fashionable. Its silk
ties ($39.95) and scarves ($39.95) feature patterns representing public-health concerns and diseases such as influenza, Parkinson’s disease and E. coli. Each features a note to educate the wearer. Infectious Awareables gives a portion of its proceeds to organizations dedicated to research, education or treatment**, **including the **Christopher Reeve Foundation **and **Polio Plus **(Rotary International).
THE" FINISHING" TOUCH
Make a great gift even better by wrapping it up in Hallmark’s RED reversible paper, and help fight AIDS in Africa with the Global Fund. The coordinating styles ($4.99 a roll) come in contemporary tree, floral or zigzag patterns. All feature inspirational messages on the flip side that work well beyond the holiday season. Available at some Hallmark stores.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
FoodTees ($20 to $29) take a fresh approach to promoting healthy eating with eight sassy designs for the family. DietDetective.com donates a portion of the profits to The Food Studies Institute, Two Angry Moms and **Better School Food **–three groups working toward proper nutrition and education for kids. www.foodtee.com
Give this miniature Red Ball from Adidas ($10) to the kids on your list and help other kids around the globe. Proceeds benefit Right to Play , which funds educational programs for children in impoverished countries while using sports to promote health, development and peace. www.shopadidas.com
GOING TO THE MAT
For a yogi: a red yoga mat ($22) that reminds you to “love your heart” and supports the American Heart Association. www.goredforwomen.org
A FROSTY FORECAST
Dish up a serving of help with a ceramic snowman platter ($20) designed by a patient through the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project. The design, along with other work from youths, also is available on holiday cards. Proceeds enhance patient services at the Houston center. Cards available at Tom Thumb and Kroger supermarkets. Cards and gift items available at www.childrensart.org.
KitchenAid is thinking pink with appliances and cookware to brighten your kitchen. This apron, with the message “I cook for my mom” ($19.95), benefits **Susan G. Komen for the Cure. **www.cookforthecure.com
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
The Choxie Thanks and Giving truffle tile gift box is perfect for a chocolate-loving party host. The entire $10 you spend on it will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At Target stores; not available online.