The Best Gifts that Give Back for under $50


With Christmas right around the corner and as your making your list and checking it twice, there will always be that one person that will be a hard one to check of your Christmas list. Whether you are social conscious shopper, has a friend who is, or just don’t know what to give a love one that already has it all, here are some great gift ideas that will sure bring a smile to their faces. Let this Christmas be more than just about receiving gifts, but about love and sharing the blessings God has given us. Remember the good you do for others is the good you do for yourself. Check out the my top 5 gifts that give back under $50!

  1. Box Lunch –  Have you been here? There’s one that just opened up in Baybrook Mall near my house. It has the coolest knick-nacks, super hero, and Star Wars gift for the sci-fi geek in mind. The best part is for every $10 you spend BoxLunch will help provide a meal to a person in need through its partnership with Feeding America.
  2. Good Works Bracelets – I love the inspirational bracelets from this company. There are so many to choose from for that fashionable friend you have in mind. You can get one for all your girlfriends and match! Plus its a great reminder everyday your looking down at your bracelet that 25% of the proceeds helped feed the homeless this year.
  3. Bears for Humanity – As a mom this will make a great gift for your little ones. It’s a great way to teach your child about the spirit of giving by giving them one these bears this year. For every bear that is purchased they give one to a child in need. You can actually choose which children’s organization you want to donate to when you make your purchase.
  4. Word Wild Life Fund – This is perfect for the animal lover friend in mind. Adopt an animal in their name and they will get an adoption certificate and a symbolic plush animal sent to them in the mail. Donations range from $25 to $250, and you get to choose which animal you want to sponsor. I received on of these from a dear friend of mine from California and it was one of my most memorable gifts I’ve ever received. To this day I can say I adopted a Panda and have a certificate to show for it. 😉
  5. Bureo – this is the perfect gift for that cool dude in mind. The one that loves to surf and go fishing, and also environmentally conscious. These gifts are made by recycled materials normally found polluting our oceans waters like old fishermen nets. Bureo gives back to find solutions for the growing issue of ocean plastic pollution, inspire future generations and initiate social change. In line with this mission, Bureo founded ‘Net Positiva’, a fishnet collection and recycling program aimed at combating the detrimental impacts of discarded fishing nets.


I hope these gift ideas help you in your Christmas gifting process. It’s the thought that counts, and there is nothing like receiving a gift that gives back to improving our world. And in the spirit of giving I’ve teamed up with ProFlowers and some amazing bloggers for an awesome gift giveaway. Scroll down for details on the giveaway and for more of this LBD look for Christmas.

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This gold Kendra Scott cuff is one of my favorites! An early Christmas present from my aunt, it pairs up with everything. Check out where you can purchase this look below.


Have you entered in this giveaway yet? ProFlowers is giving away five winners $50 Gift codes and it could be you! Who wouldn’t want flowers and chocolates delivered straight to their door for Christmas? Make sure you follow my Instagram and subscribe to my blog to get more information on how to enter.






Thanks for stopping by,

<3 Dawn

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  • Reply Kandice Kelso

    Thank you for all of the great resources! I think they will be great for Valentine’s Day too!

    December 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Kandice! Yes it’s perfect for Valentines too!?

      December 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Jenn @ The Art of Better

    The photos on this post are spectacular! Love those red patent heels also. I subscribed!

    December 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Jenn!

      December 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    These are wonderful. We have a friend that we’re shopping for that always gives to charity in others’ names. Something from here would be wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    December 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks you!?

      December 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Candy

    Love the different charities, wonderful ideas. By the way love the red shoes. Red is my favorite color.

    December 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply January

    Super cute outfit! I love how you tied the flowers into the post. Fingers crossed that I win!

    December 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you for entering!

      December 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Heather with WELLFITandFED

    First of all you look adorbs in that dress. Second of all what a great subject for the holidays and since there are SOOOOO many give back options now why would anyone choose anything else?

    December 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you so much Heather!

      December 16, 2015 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Val

    Thanks for the suggestions – I still need to get a couple of last minute gifts!

    December 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Aliza B

    My youngest daughter loves animals and we have donated to the WWF before. I think my kids would like the idea of the Bears for Humanity too. Thank you for sharing these ideas!

    December 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I love supporting businesses like that! Always a better way to give at the Holidays.

    December 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Karin Rambo

    Pretty outfit! My mother in law gave us bracelets that were made by women entrepreneurs in Africa last Christmas. I LOVED it! Such a great way to give back this time of year.

    December 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Great resources! Love your entire outfit, but especially your shoes and bracelet! This is such a timeless outfit!

    December 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Patricia!

      December 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Vicky @ Avocdo Pesto

    Lots of good ideas here! Heading over to check out the Bureo site to see what they have!

    December 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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