Gifts That Really Give

Sweet friends, sometimes knowing you aren't alone brings healing to your heart. Do you feel that way? I did after reading your heartfelt thoughts following yesterday's post. {Thank you!} I really didn't want to write such a weighty post at Christmastime, but some posts almost write themselves...as if they aren't just for me, but for the hearts of people I don't even know. Humbling to say the least.

Today, I've got some fun, gift-giving inspiration for you! Not the spend a ton of money for just another material thing {that has really lost its appeal for me}, but gifts that REALLY give.

Discovered these at Philanthropy in Downtown Franklin.
{Cool store, by the way.}

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Awesome that you're really buying shoes for two.

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Just discovered this organization.
Super cool graphic design; lots of great causes.
{A new cause every 7 days.}

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Feeding people feels good.

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{Shop here.}

Caring for orphans and helping families bring them home.
This one is close to our hearts; we're annual sponsors.
{And I have Mary Beth to thank for telling us about our school!}

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Another school connection and new to me.
Founded by some amazing mamas.
{I see these shirts all over town!}

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Last year, in lieu of gifts to grown ups in the family, we sent a woman
in Rwanda to sewing school. She now sews for Noonday.
{Sweet Paige is a rep if you need help ordering.}

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I've just decided to give 25% of what you spend to Show Hope
...so that orphans can go home to their forever families.
{Christmas stationery is only available until Friday, Dec 7.}

Somehow Christmas feels lighter already...even amidst the weightiness. {The trick is learning how to hold both feelings in your heart at once.} No pressure to browse the entire world wide web late into the night or lose my sanity at the mall. Keeping it simple and doing more to help those in need just feels right this year.

Have any ideas to add to the list? Do share! Add your own links by leaving a comment below.

Joy and peace to you,

* * * UPDATE * * *
$235 of your stationery purchases went to Show Hope
to help bring orphans home to a family!
Thank you!!!


  1. Great ideas Linsey. Have to say I love my Tom's!

  2. Love this! Thanks for helping shopw us ways to look outward! hugs to you!

  3. I LOVE this list of places to shop this season...
    we're ALL about ordering handmade when we can and helping great causes makes it even better!

    Going now to catch up on yesterday's heart post. :)

  4. From the World Vision catalog: Help where it's needed most ... AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! With your gift of $40 or more to our Maximum Impact Fund — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will enjoy giving or wearing a beautiful handcrafted Thai bracelet. This lovely piece of jewelry was made in a project that helps protect vulnerable girls from exploitation.

    Here is the link: http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=10320&item=2410286

    1. Awesome link. I love World Vision!

  5. Thanks for these picks, Linsey. You are amazing...with your talents and your generosity.
    Cheers from DC,

  6. Another great company is Nisolo - they sell beautiful handmade, fine quality leather shoes. They are made in Peru, and have a beautiful story that began out of a desire to provide steady income for some talented shoemakers in an impoverished community. They also give back a percentage of their profits to I have three pairs and my husband has two pairs and we love them! http://www.nisoloshoes.com They have a Holiday Tour going on now to show the shoes - throughout Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.


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