Black Friday: Gifts that give back

Forever long shopping lines. Sleep starved customers arguing over the last item in stock. People losing their lives in pursuit of the perfect flat screen tv.

Black Friday is a day that seems to bring out the worst in people. The terrible irony is that our ruthless desire to acquire comes after a day spent giving thanks. We are grateful, and then shop survival of the fittest style (hunger games anyone?).

Make this year's Black Friday different- put some giving back into gift shopping. Instead of fighting crowds for Black Friday sales, check out this list of gifts ideas. You'll be able to find something for everyone on your list, while helping others.

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1) Thirst Water bottle.









This is a great gift for hikers, runners, bikers, frequent travelers-- anyone who is constantly on the go.  While clean water is readily available for most people here in the US, not everyone is so fortunate. More then 4,000 children die of water-and sanitation related diseases per day. When you purchase this water bottle, a portion of the proceeds support World Vision water projects.

2) Chuma the chick or Gertie the goat.



This is a great gift if you have little guys on your list of people to buy gifts for. The money you donate will provides for a family in need, and you will receive a lovable plush to keep or give away.  A plush goat or chick can be a great way to start a conversation with little ones about giving to people in need.  You can also request a card that explains the meaning of the gift.

3) Christmas Ornament Set: Animal Trio



When you donate $150 dollars to the maximum impact fund, you will receive a set of 3 handmade Zakale wire and bead ornaments. Each is hand made by artisans who use recycled materials.  In this year's True Spirit of Christmas Tour, you will have a chance to learn about John Zakale, the man who created these ornaments. John has used his gift for design and business to reach at risk youth. Follow the tour, and share the stories with the people you gift these ornaments to.

4) Joy to the World by Lincoln Brewster

If you know someone having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit, 'Joy to the World' by Lincoln Brewster might just do the trick. It's a mix of holiday favorites and original tracks. Plus, 100% of the proceeds goes to help children in the Congo. Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the worst places to live, and violence has recently erupted again. If helping some of the most destitute children in the world doesn't soften your  scrooges heart, it might be a lost cause.

5) Given gear.




Whether you are looking for guys, girls, long sleeve, short sleeve, polos or outdoor-- Given has it covered. Designed in partnership with Jedidiah clothing, World Vision's Given offers a laidback style with a deeper message. Each item of clothing you purchase goes to support World Vision programs from hunger, to clean water and human trafficking.  Be sure to check out the amazing accessories too!

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