. . . 'tis the seasond to be giving . . .It’s that time, my favorite time, of the year again.  And it’s time to make our gift lists and plan our presents.

If you’re looking for ideas for gifts that give back, please consider putting these on your Christmas shopping list:

For Christmas Cards and Calendars

EzyDog 2015 Calendar – For your dog-loving friends and relatives, this is an adorable desk accessory that will help them keep track of the days and let them help save the Laguna Pit Bulls. It’s sponsored by EzyDog Philippines and is filled with photos of some of the Laguna pit bulls. Calendars are being sold at Pup Culture in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and in Pet Express branches.

Hallmark for L.I.F.E. – For relatives and friends far away, these greetings cards with beautiful Philippine-themed artwork are precious little gifts. Hallmark is supporting the Leukemic Indigents FundEndowment (L.I.F.E.) Foundation to raise funds for the continued medical treatment of poor leukemic children. Hallmark for L.I.F.E. also sells calendars, tumblers and tote bags. Their products are available in National Bookstore.

For Affordable, Eco-Friendly Body Care and Home Products

Kids' portraitsHuman Heart Nature – For friends and family who want to use toiletries, beauty and home products that are not only good for them but are also good for the earth and for the poor, gifts from Human Heart Nature are a perfect treat. I personally use some of their products, and they are effective and have good value for money. And it feels great to use products that are good for my health, kind to the environment, and help Gawad Kalinga communities.

For Fashion with Heart

Rags2Riches - For family members and friends who love bags and wallets, Rags2Riches’ creations are stylish accessories. These gifts may not be as low-priced as the others in this list, but they have the vision of renowned Filipino fashion designers and the heart of many community artisans from across Metro Manila.

Whale sharkWWF Panda Gift Center – For your tree-hugging, earth-loving loved ones, World Wildlife Fund Philippines has some cool and affordable items in its Panda Gift Center. They sell nice, colorful and practical gift items like t-shirts, bags, water bottles, mug, umbrellas and travel accessories with the iconic WWF Panda. When you buy items from the Panda Gift Center, you are making a donation to WWF Philippines’ programs. And when your friends or relatives wear or use them, they are proudly wearing a symbol of support for these programs.

It’s that time of year again, time to share our blessings with our loved ones, time to spread joy and peace. And what better way to give than to give gifts that give back?

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