The holiday season is parading its festive head around town, and we’re all wrapped up in our own gift buying mad-dash. During this cycle of buying and giving, it’s important to pause and remember that the word “gift” means more than just scoring your next pair of Jimmy Choos. Take a short hiatus from your shopping mayhem, pull out your recipient list and peruse our gift guide that actually “gifts” to those in need.
Hollywood & Highland Center
During the season of holiday cheer, Hollywood & Highland Center is a first-stop on both local’s and tourist’s to-do list. Make it more meaningful when you buy presents from L’Occitane, Kitson and MAC Cosmetics. L’Occitane supports the visually impaired and promotes the economic emancipation of women in Burkina Faso through the sale of soaps. Since 2006, L’Occitane has sold soaps in its stores on World Sight Day. One hundred percent of the profits are used for projects dedicated to fighting blindness in developing countries.
Ringing in the New Year will be a refreshing start as L’Occitane stores will continue their philanthropic mission by selling soaps made in Burkina Faso on Women’s Day (March 2013). The beauty brand will donate 100% of the profits to building and running literacy centers for women in Burkina Faso.
There are many celeb-inspired gifts at Kitson, but the feel-good-fav this year, are The Giving Keys. The Giving Keys were created to help employ those transitioning out of homelessness. Each engraved, recycled key sold and shared around the world helps homeless people find employment and gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet. The key necklaces are one-of-a-kind and carry messages such as HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and are then encouraged to share the story with The Giving Keys.
Pucker up for MAC Cosmetics and kiss under the mistletoe with MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lip gloss. Every penny from each lipstick and lip gloss sold (excluding tax) will be donated to the MAC AIDS Fund.
Santa Monica Place
The beachfront property of Santa Monica Place will put you in a peaceful mode that will generate feelings of goodwill. Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica Place is selling celeb-created ornaments that benefit the Child Mind Institute, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children and teens struggling with psychiatric and learning disorders. The Child Mind Institute pulled together an exclusive network of celebrities and fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind ornaments handcrafted in Poland by Christopher Radko. Choose from several designs including Child Mind Institute 2012 Celebrity Ornament Collection – Diane Von Furstenberg, Child Mind Institute 2012 Celebrity Ornament Collection – Kellan Lutz and Child Mind Institute 2012 Celebrity Ornament Collection – Matt Lauer. Other Hollywood notables who have designed ornaments include Kelly Ripa, Cindy Lauper, Rachel Zoe and Meryl Streep.
The Free People Holiday Charity Bracelet Benefitting Ikamva Labantu is a great gift and one that will truly win the hearts of your recipients. The handmade stretchy multicolor beaded bracelet comes with a custom charm and each sale helps to protect orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. Proceeds from one bracelet will feed and sustain a child for a day through Ikamva Labantu, which supports over 1,200 orphaned and vulnerable children.
Friday, December 14: Head over to Santa Monica Place today for a Free People Holiday Fashion Show, which showcases the brand’s newest holiday collection. Holiday shoppers will get “first pick” at specialty pieces only available at Santa Monica Place store.
Loyal to humanitarian values, Clarins is working with FEED projects to help fight hunger worldwide. With each purchase of a Clarins FEED 15 Bag at Nordstrom Santa Monica Place, 15 meals will be provided through the World Food Programme (WFP). Founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush, this nonprofit organization has raised over $6 million and distributed over 60 million meals to hungry children across the globe. The Clarins FEED 15 bag includes Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Shade 01 Rose Shimmer.