Gifts That Give Back | Kristen Howerton

I'm pushing for another "Occupy Christmas" movement this year. Last year, a lot of people seemed enthused about the idea of bringing the consumerism down a notch for the holidays and bringing the tangible giving up for those in need. Less plastic toys for privileged kids, more food on the table for those without... that kind of thing.

In a season marked by giving, I love the idea of giving back to our community and our planet. There are many companies focused on helping others as a part of their business plan, so the purchase of a holiday gift can also help someone in need. Here are some great ways you can do your Christmas shopping and give back at the same time.