Christmas Countdown : 7 Days

With all the sales and ads and emails this time of year, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the idea that gifts are the most important part of the holidays. But when everything has been opened and admired and your credit card bill finally arrives, most of the thrill of gift giving will be over. It's nice to take a step back every now and then to reflect on everything you already have and how wonderful things have been. No matter how difficult your year may have been, there is someone out there who would give anything to be in your shoes.

a series of Portuguese friendship bracelets available at

a series of Portuguese friendship bracelets available at

This holiday season why not take some of that positive energy and give back to those less fortunate. There are always the good standbys whether you volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate old clothes and nonperishable food, or write a check for your favorite organization. But there are other ways to help as well. For example, why not combine your holiday shopping with the spirit of charity? Companies like Amazon Smile and Live Worldly (as seen here) make it easy to give gifts to the ones you love while also giving back to those in need. Live Worldly, in particular, donates proceeds from every sale back to the communities from which the products came and directly to those issues the people find most important. For some it's clean water, for others education, and for still others it is protecting the environment.

Read my article for Zink Magazine here to learn more about the charitable efforts of Live Worldly, and shop some of their best pieces below (with 2-3 day shipping, they're guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas). Also check out these websites for more ways to give back this holiday season:

SHAUNS Sunglasses (for every pair of glasses purchased the company donates a pair of prescription glasses to someone in need)

ASOS Africa (creates fair jobs in some of the poorest Kenyan communities, more information here)

WeWood (makes watches of recycled wood and plants a tree for every timepiece purchased)

TOMS (with every purchase the company donates a pair of shoes or prescription glasses to someone in need)

Falling Whistles (proceeds go towards mentoring entrepreneurs and creating jobs in the Congo)

Treasure & Bond Nordstrom Pop Up (donates 5% of every purchase to organizations that empower women and girls)