■ I’m ex­cited about this “gifts that give back” guide for par­ents. Al­though giv­ing back is al­ways a good idea, it feels es­pe­cially im­por­tant this year. Prac­ti­cal tips for ev­ery­day par­ent­ing from Ash­ley Jones (Brid­get, B&B)

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gift for the per­son who has ev­ery­thing

Be­cause who doesn’t love the per­fect soy can­dle, made right here in Hol­ly­wood? I got to cre­ate the scents for my col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mak­ers & Goods to bring you the best can­dles! Close your eyes, take a deep breath and get ready to be trans­ported to re­lax­ation. I’ve ti­tled them COZY, HOME and BRIGHTEN

... You won’t be dis­ap­pointed. I’m burn­ing COZY now: ev­er­green, fir and mistle­toe! Check it out and let me know your thoughts! mak­ers and goods. com/prod­ucts/ash­ley-jones. While you light up a lit­tle part of your day and the scent fills your house, you will re­mem­ber that you pur­chased with a purpose. Ten per­cent of gross pro­ceeds go to: Sup­port lafd!

gifts for any­one with a smart phone

Il­lu­sion pho­to­graph. com wants to sell 50,000 smart­phone wal­let cases in the “I Sup­port Liv­ing Heart Peru” de­sign be­cause $3 from each sale goes to Liv­ing heart peru. com. (For any other pur­chase made on the web­site, $1 will be do­nated.) The goal: Do­nate $150,000 to de­velop self-sus­tain­ing ini­tia­tives in com­mu­ni­ties above Peru’s Sa­cred Val­ley. The phone case wal­lets show­case the vast va­ri­ety of work of Beatrice Pi­tocco while keep­ing your life or­ga­nized! Great for mom, friend (or your­self!).

gift of lit­er­acy for chil­dren of all ages

My friend and co-worker at B&B helps Us­borne Books & More with their mis­sion to pro­mote lit­er­acy around the world. For 30 years, these books have ed­u­cated chil­dren, prov­ing that a cap­ti­vat­ing book can compete with tech­nol­ogy and me­dia to­day. Check out their on­go­ing char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tives or host your own Hero Party. Message her on FB at Re­nee Vance Brun­son or visit https://

gifts for ev­ery­one that loves choco­late

This is great for teach­ers, vol­un­teers, mail­men/ women, babysit­ters and kids! I’m a fan of the sup­ple­ments from Good Day Choco­late. I give them to my kids, but I also take them my­self. I’ve grown fond of the Turmeric and Sleep re­cently. The “sleep” only con­tains 1 mg of mela­tonin per choco­late, so it’s easy to reg­u­late. Their hol­i­day pack­age ($12) is a va­ri­ety pack with the cutest lit­tle boxes to keep on hand. Best part: They part­ner with cleft palate re­pair team Smile­train. org to quite lit­er­ally spread smiles around the world. good­day­choco­

gift for the child in your life

KIDBOX.COM is a cu­rated box of cloth­ing specif­i­cally picked for your child. For ev­ery box sold, they work with De­liv­er­ing Good to bring new cloth­ing to a child in need. Help them with their mis­sion to clothe over a mil­lion chil­dren #onebox­ata­time. I can per­son­ally vouch for Kid Board of Di­rec­tors @daniel­la­marieben­itez.

gift of nutri­tion

This­barsaves­lives. com is a one-for-one com­pany. For ev­ery nutri­tional bar you buy, they give food aid to a se­verely mal­nour­ished child. Their va­ri­ety pack is a fan­tas­tic, great gift for any­one. My friends are co-founders; their mis­sion and the im­pact they’re mak­ing is awe­some.

These gifts for our chil­dren are a won­der­ful way to strike up the con­ver­sa­tion about help­ing other peo­ple and spread­ing kind­ness. I have a more ex­ten­sive list at Ash­leya­! If you know of other great ideas to add, let me know. It’s nice learn­ing about those do­ing good in the world, and shar­ing the news of their mis­sion.

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