Gifts that Give Back

All of these gift ideas give back and make life better for others. You’ll find something that can fit any budget with these ideas below. 


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Heart of Haiti


Heart of Haiti


The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 people in the country. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood.


Sharing a “gift that gives back” is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively on To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, follow @HeartofHaiti on Twitter or like their Facebook page


Headbands of Hope



Headbands of Hope


For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. 

If you use the discount code “Cincybloggers” a headband will be donated to a burn patient at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.


You can follow @Headbandsofhope on twitter or like their facebook page. You can find out more about Headbands of Hope from their website. 


TOMS Shoes


TOMS Shoes


With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.


You can see more of TOMS products on their website. You can like them on facebook and follow them on twitter at @Toms.





In Swahili the word ku-toa means “to give”.  That’s the very basic yet very powerful concept that KUTOA is based on.  For every KUTOA health bar purchased, KUTOA donates, through a partnernship with the World Food Program, a nutrition pack to a child suffering from malnutrition, providing them with the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  The KUTOA bars are 100% natural and are made with only the best natural ingredients including organic oats, fresh fruit and nuts.  They contain no preservatives, additives or artificial ingredients. The bars currently come in three scrumptious flavors: cherry cashew, raisin peanut and blueberry almond.

You can find out more about them on their website. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at @kutoabars.


You and Who


You and Who


You and Who markets original design t-shirts and for every one sold, a matching shirt is donated to someone in need in the city of the artist who designed the shirt through local charity partners. Through this model, You and Who is not only helping those in need, but also the very artists who design the one for one t-shirts, providing exposure for their work (each artist that works with You and Who has their own biography on the website) and paying them $1 from the sale of each of their one for one t-shirt designs that is sold.  All of the one for one t-shirts from You and Who are unique fashion statements, featuring colorful one-of-a-kind prints and designs that are sure to help you stand out from the crowd.


Carabello Coffee


Carabello Coffee

Carabello Coffee offers you the very best in quality through Fair Trade, organic, and even farm direct and direct relationship coffees.  What is farm direct?  It is a way for coffee roasters to buy straight from the farmers at a price that is a minimum of %100 higher than  Fair Trade pricing, ensuring that farmers are truly paid a price that will allow them to improve their businesses.  Farm gate allows real faces to be attached to this product.  Real people really grow and process this coffee, not a machine!

As a philanthropic coffee roasting company, our mission is to artisan roast exceptional coffees and then use our profits to fund what we like to call “works of compassion.”  We do that both here in our Cincinnati community as well as abroad in places like Nicaragua and Kenya.  

Outside of the USA we use our coffee profits to support two works.  Each is doing work among orphans, the one in Nicaragua, the other in Kenya.  Each has its own website where you can read more: Kids of Cascabel Orphange, Somoto, Nicaragua


You can visit Carabello Coffee online or at at 107 E. 9th St. Newport, KY 4107. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at


Headband Challenge for Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Patients

About a week ago, I shared an image of the 20 donated headbands on facebook from Headbands of Hope that I would be dropping off for patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

( You can read more about my interview with Jessica, the founder of Headbands of Hope here)

One of my facebook friends commented on the image about how it would be great if the burn patients at Shriners Hospital for Children could get headbands too.

Here is what Carrie shared.

“I worked at Shriners Hospital for Children. Most of my patients were burn victims. Some had to have their heads shaved if their scalps are burned, some had to have their heads shaved to use their scalp as a donor site, and some had old burns to their scalp that had developed scar tissue that makes them unable to grow hair. As a woman you understand that since we have been little girls our hair is a very important part of our perceived beauty and for some defines their beauty in their eyes. You can imagine how, just like cancer patients, devastating this is for a little girl-and many times their mommies and daddies. A beautiful headband would maybe help a little with that devastation. My fellow nurses and I liked to put bows, flowers, and headbands in our little girl patients head or dressings even when they are still confined to their bed and in the ICU. This seems to make family very happy.”

My boys and I went for a tour of Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Cincinnati that specializes in treating burn patients a few days ago.  I was so impressed by what this hospital does for children and their families who come from all over the United States for treatment.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Our tour guide also happened to double as a clown. He shared a story of being able to bring laughs to a patient on a visit that the nurse said had not cracked a smile in over a week. The Shriners are all volunteers and do so much for the families. They also help transport families to the hospital.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati is one of only 3 burn hospitals for children in the US. They now accept insurance but will cover the expenses not covered by the insurance companies so that families can have peace of mind and the best care for their children without the burden and stress of the financial challenges.

The mask and the clothing displayed are what severe burn patients have to wear 23 hours a day. Those items apply pressure to keep the skin flat, which helps keep the scars from getting thick.

The hospital provides tutoring, counseling, physical therapy and provides same day visits for patients who need check ups from out of state.

During our tour, we got to meet one of the patients. I wish I had a headband right then to give her. It breaks my heart to think of the challenges that these patients face. It makes me want to do something to make their day a little brighter.

So here is my challenge to you.

I would love if as a community, we could supply headbands for all of the patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.

Headbands of Hope  is a newer company that will be a year old on April 25th, 2013.  This organization has not been around long enough to cover the expenses for all of the hospitals with cancer with the addition of burn patients… yet.

This is where WE can step in and help.

When you purchase a headband from Headbands of Hope, 

you get a headband to keep,

$1 will be donated to St. Baldrick’s


one headband will be donated to a patient.

****You can use the discount “Cincybloggers” to receive $1 off your headband.

This will also be a way to track the headbands that will go specifically to the burn patients at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati because of our purchases.

If you would rather have your donated headband go to a cancer patient you can just order the headband without the code and a headband will be donated to a hospital with cancer patients.


So would you join me and purchase a headband that will have direct impact on a patient?

This is just a small sample of how cute they are!

Please help me by sharing this message so that we can supply a headband for every patient at the hospital.

We have the opportunity to really make a difference!


You can order headbands from the Headbands of Hope website.