Stay-at-home shoppers can save money and help those in need this holiday season. TODAY guest and New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Daelemans shares some doorbuster deals that do good while serving your pocketbook.
Out of Print clothing
For each Out of Print item sold, one book is donated to a community in need through Books For Africa. The company's mission is to celebrate the world's great stories with well-designed t-shirts, tote bags, stationery and accessories featuring original cover art from over 70 classic books.
With the major Hollywood adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, "The Great Gatsby," set to premier in May, Out of Print’s "Great Gatsby" Black Friday bundle means you have "best dressed" in the can. The two-shirt bundle (one for him, one for her) features the book's first-edition cover art and is $38 with free shipping. Many more styles, including a "Charlotte's Web" bundle, are also available at www.outofprintclothing.com.
United by Blue
For every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized cleanups. The company's business model associates the sale of each product with a concrete environmental action.
UBB cleanups have removed over 141,000 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways since May 2010, and recently they have focused efforts on cleanups along the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The McKenzie tote and the Putnam messenger bag are now $65 at www.unitedbyblue.com.
Proceeds from every S’well bottle sold go directly to their charity partner, WaterAid, a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable, safe water, hygiene and sanitation to the world's poorest communities. S’wells mission: Saving the planet from plastic waste and providing clean water to those in need. WaterAid has reached nearly 16 million people with safe water since 1981 and over 11 million people with sanitation since 2004.
S’well bottles are double walled in stainless steel, leaving liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. This Black Friday, save a lot on S’well’s bundle deal: 9-ounce Rowboat Red kid's bottle with a 25-ounce Silver Lining bottle for $45. Think that’s swell? Everything at Swellbottle.com is 20 percent off this Black Friday only (www.swellbottle.com).
Kiehl's Holiday Collection
One hundred percent of net profits from Kiehl's Holiday Collection in the U.S. (up to $100,000) will support RxArt, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness by engaging young patients through contemporary art in pediatric hospitals.
Considered the most hydrating body moisturizer in the Kiehl’s line, this super-enriched, nurturing body treatment is formulated with beta-carotene, squalane and nurturing oils. It leaves even the driest skin soft, smooth and elegantly hydrated (www.Kiehls.com).
You’re busy with life, work, family, traveling and booze — you shouldn’t have to worry about food too! Discover what amazing, undiscovered artisan and small-batch makers are doing in America.
Every month, The Mantry sends a curated selection of items to fit the modern man’s lifestyle, from the rare and exotic to the downright functional. Break out Norwegian Reindeer Jerky over brews with the boys, or mix in an Oaxacan Hot Chocolate that shows her you’re not some hack who only orders in ($75, free shipping, TheMantry.com).
Mighty Wallets by Dynomighty, a small company based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is dedicated to putting personal style in every pocket. Artist Terrence Kelleman turned to product design while working as a photographer in his former day job at the MoMA.
Made from the same material used to make express mail envelopes, the Mighty Wallet is tear-resistant, water-resistant and stain-resistant. Despite its super thin design, it is surprisingly expandable and 100 percent recyclable. Choose from more than 100 amazing graphics, including the famous Airmail Mighty Wallet, for guys and girls alike. Be Mighty this holiday season with a mighty fine deal (now 13.99, free shipping, www.mightywallet.com).
Bamboo Sk8 is helping the planet and at-risk youth one skateboard deck at a time. Their 100-for-One campaign provides one skateboard to an at-risk youth for every 100 skateboard decks purchased online.
When skateboarding took over flooring as one of the major contributors to maple deforestation, Bamboo Sk8 started exploring other ways of making skateboards. They now manufacture high quality boards made from sustainable bamboo.
For the first time ever, Bamboo Skateboards is offering shoppers complete setups with deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, hardware and grip tape (assembly required, $65 with free shipping, a $130 value, at http://www.bamboosk8.com).
Each pair of vibrant sunglasses sold goes toward college scholarships for America’s passionate and driven young students. The company is on a mission to help the best and brightest of America’s youth achieve their dreams.
A vibrant spin on the classic wayfarer, these shades come in both polarized and non-polarized lenses. This Black Friday Deal from Blenders features $21 polarized shades (originally $30), $14 non-polarized shades (originally $21) and free shipping on all colors found at www.blenderseyewear.com.
Ten percent of Flex Watches' profits go toward organizations that deal with disaster relief, Parkinson’s disease, bringing clean water to those in need and more. With these watches, awareness is the name of the game. All large Flex Watches are available this Friday for $30 (originally $40) with free shipping at www.Flexwatches.com.
Repat creates fair wage employment opportunities in the U.S. by upcycling excess t-shirts into more functional and fashionable items. All items are custom made from shirts you provide and are sewn together by someone earning a fair, living wage.
The repurposing magic happens at either of their two partner facilities, Opportunity Threads or NuPath. At Opportunity Threads, in addition to receiving fair wages, workers own a percentage of the company. NuPath provides people with disabilities the support to live, work, learn, grow and participate to their fullest potential in their communities.
Included in this Black Friday deal for Project Repat shoppers: Custom Circle Scarf for $40.00, originally $45; their Tote Bag for $30, originally $50; and their 30-inch by 40-inch Stroller Blanket for $65, originally $100, plus free shipping on everything at http://www.projectrepat.com.
Every Better Buddies product helps save an adoptable pet’s life. Their mission? No more homeless pets! Better Buddies is dedicated to promoting the benefits of adopting animals from shelters in order to prevent unnecessary euthanasia. Pamper your pet with these eco-friendly, luxurious pillow beds and bed rolls made from sustainable hemp and organic cotton.
Ten percent of profits from each Bone Appetit and Meow Mats purchase is donated directly to the Guardian Angel Program at the Best Friends Animal Society, which helps the most severe-needs pets find a wonderful home. Upcycled Pet Food “placemats” are made from recycled yoga mats. They cut down on landfills, wipe off clean with a sponge and are dishwasher safe!
Black Friday door-buster deals: Originally $20, Pet Place Mats are $12.99 with free shipping. Medium luxury pillow beds, originally $129.99, are now $71.99. Small bedrolls, originally $41, now $31.99. Medium bedrolls, originally $50.00, are now $39.99. Available at http://www.betterbuddies.com.
Stocking stuffers under $35 — with free shipping!
Slip on socks for your city and help those in need. Skyline Socks partners with nonprofits in your city, benefiting youth centers, hospitals and schools across the country. For every pair of socks sold, they donate a pair of socks to a person in need from the city where the sock was purchased.
Deck out your feet in city colors with these recognizable skylines from across America. Skyline’s mission is to show off the cities you love while providing support to those in need. All Skyline Socks were $12 and are now $10.20 at www.skylinesocks.com.
An interpretation of the classic 1950s bakelite telephone, Native Union's POP Phone Handsets combine retro style with a luxurious soft-touch texture and are compatible with iPhones and mobile phones with mini jacks. The handset can be used with all mobile phones with an adapter (sold separately).
Twenty percent of merchandise purchased goes to a charity of the shopper's choice (not all colors available, $35, http://www.giftsthatgive.com/).
Save the world in 7 ways. Each of Project 7's products goes toward a specific area of global need, from helping to solve world hunger to saving the environment. Their coffee is fresh and can help people with illness, their gum can help plant a tree and their clothing can help recycle, reduce and reuse.
Project 7 products aim to help in seven areas all across the world: Feed the hungry, heal the sick, hope for peace, house the homeless, quench the thirsty, teach them well and save the earth. All of Project 7’s coffee and gum products are now 25 percent off at www.Project-7.com.
Generating sustainable incomes for rural communities in Guatemala, Wakami provides rural women with the training and the opportunity to create their own self-sustaining business enterprises. Wakami is a social brand that designs accessories inspired by ancestral culture and ancient weaving techniques from Central America.
Their hand-woven bracelets represent a rustic urban lifestyle that connects people with the earth and the joys in life. Black Friday Specials: Double wrap bracelets (black, beige, red), the 4 Strand Earth bracelet (unisex), the 4 Strand Earth bracelet (womens), the 7 Strand Earth bracelet (womens), the Woven and Leather Dream wraps, ALL for 25 percent off at http://www.Wakamiusa.com.
Choose your color, choose your cause. Proceeds from each sale of C4 Belts will be donated to a charitable organization such as The Boys and Girls Club of America, Project Kaisei or Kiva.
C4's fun, customizable plastic belts, which come in a whopping 400 different color combos, are made from environmentally friendly, recyclable material. All C4 Belts were $25 and are now $18.75 at www.C4Belts.com.
Be a whistleblower for peace. All of the money from the sales of Falling Whistles goes to creating educational tools to show the world what is happening in the Congo. Whistles in a variety of colors are now $35 at www.FallingWhistles.com.
Sencha Naturals has a fresh outlook on social responsibility: Green tea, green packaging and green power. One hundred percent of profits from the company's Communi'Tea Mints go directly to various entrepreneurs in the second and third world. Each Sencha product is now 25 percent off with free shipping at http://www.senchanaturals.com.
Mantrastyle gives back 10 percent of the proceeds from their iPhone cases to a woman's shelter for victims of human trafficking. Guided by their own mantra, "Live It. Love It. Give It," this entirely female-owned and operated company is transforming everyday products into pieces of art that reflect your unique life mantra.
Mantrastyle is offering shoppers a selection of cases for $35 (down from $54.95 at http://www.roozt.com/mantrastyle).
Panier des Sens
Twenty percent of all Panier des Sens merchandise purchases go to the charity of your choice at GiftsthatGive.com. These soaps and lotions are formulated with sensitive skin in mind and are not tested on animals ($10 to $35 at http://www.giftsthatgive.com/).
Turn up the volume with this deal on LSTN headphones made from reclaimed exotic wood that would have otherwise been thrown out. Most importantly, each purchase helps underprivileged children in deaf schools. They also provide mosquito nets to reduce malaria — one of the main causes of hearing impairment.
LSTN wood earbuds were $45, but are now just $35 with free shipping, only when purchased at www.LSTNHeadphones.com.
Slate and Stylus
Slate and Stylus’ mission is to give children the tools they need to make a better future for themselves and their community. With its crafty origami iPhone and iPad cases, Slate and Stylus is the perfect fusion of craftsmanship and street culture. The Slate and Stylus iPad case was $39.99 but is now $30, and the iPhone 5 case was $25 and is now just $19 at Slateandstylus.com.
NY Times Best Selling Author, and Award Winning Chef Kathleen Daelemans co-wrote and hosted Cooking Thin on the Food Network and Cooking Thin, 200 Easy Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss, Houghton Mifflin.