Call me ill-prepared, but for some reason holiday shopping is an event that catches me by surprise each year â€“ as though I didnâ€™t have the whole year to prepare.Â I think part of it is because I always want to find the perfect gifts for my family members and friends â€“ one that is not just material, but that means something.Â If you have the same gift giving anxiety as I do, youâ€™re reading the right post.
UNICEF partners with a number of the top brands to offer a selection of â€śGifts that Give Back.â€ťÂ Whether your loved ones like handbags, stuffed animals, clothes, or experiences, below is a selection of holiday gifts that support UNICEFâ€™s efforts to save and improve the lives of children around the world.Â This year, you can give a gift you feel good about.
Through December 24, with every purchase of IKEAâ€™s â€śSoft Toys for Educationâ€ť collection, including stuffed animals, finger puppets and an accompanying book, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euroÂ (approximately $1.35) to support UNICEF and Save the Children education programs.
In celebration of Gucciâ€™s seven-year partnership with UNICEF, which has raised over $10 million dollars, Â Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini has designed an updated version of the best-selling â€śGucci for UNICEFâ€ť Sukey bag. 25%Â of the retail price for each bag sold in Gucci stores and online through February 28 will benefit UNICEFâ€™s â€śSchools for Africaâ€ť initiative.Â This holiday, Gucci also announced a $250,000 donation to UNICEFâ€™s â€śSchools for Africaâ€ť initiative in honor of its partnership with UNICEF and the release of the luxury edition tribute book ofÂ Gucci: The Making Ofâ€¦
The latest FEED initiative benefiting UNICEF celebrates Disneyâ€™s beloved attraction through the â€śDisney Itâ€™s A Small Worldâ€ť collection, inspired by the original artwork of Mary Blair.Â Items from the collection include a tote, bib, infant bodysuit and pants set, and a tee for girls and boys, available at Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and online. For each â€śFEED Our Small Worldâ€ť product purchased, FEED will make a donation to help UNICEF provide children with an entire yearâ€™s worth of vitamin A supplements.
To aid children in famine and drought-affected areas of the Horn of Africa, Threadless and BBH New York have partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to release a line of T-shirts entitled Good Shirts. Visit www.threadless.com/UNICEF.
Through January 15, 2012, for every $1 donated to the
U.S. Fund for UNICEF at www.unicefusa.org/aa,Â
American Airlines AAdvantageÂ® members will earn two American Airlines AAdvantageÂ® miles in return (minimum donation of $10 and maximum award of 2,000 AAdvantage miles per AAdvantage member).Â Â Additionally, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and American Airlines continue their 17-year-old Change for Good program, which has raised over $7 million.Â Throughout the year, travelers on select international American Airlines flights, at Admirals ClubsÂ® lounges or Flagship LoungesÂ® worldwide can donate unused U.S. and foreign currencies to help UNICEF save childrenâ€™s lives around the world.Â Â
Delta Air Lines SkyMilesÂ® members can also put their unused frequent flier miles to good use by donating them to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at www.delta.com/skywish.Â Looking for another way to give back?
For more information on these gifts, and other UNICEF â€śGives that Giveâ€ť, please visitÂ www.unicefusa.org/holidaypromotions.