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Give Back Gift Ideas and the Best Deals on the Stuff You’ll Actually Use and Love!

Today is the day that America spends the most. And while I’ll be gifting InstantPot with the best of them, it’s a great day if you’re going to purchase a thing instead of an experience, and to support companies who are giving back with your purchase. Whether it’s a B Corporation which builds in giving back to their business or brands that donate with purchase, supporting brands like this and voting with your dollars means more companies will start modeling the good behavior. It’s also the perfect gift for someone that has everything!

note: while some of these links are affiliate links, most are not – while we appreciate your support shopping form our affiliate links, the goal of this post is to share what we personally are giving – not just what we make money off of ♥

gifts that give back

Cuddle + Kind

These stuffed animals provide meals for children in need. One doll normally provides 10 meals, and this weekend you can get free shipping and your doll will provide 20 meals. Plus, they’re adorable, soft, and a great holiday gift!

Heifer International

While I love gifting animals that support families and towns, or whole businesses (like bee hives) for women entrepreneurship in 3rd world countries, this organization does even more than that! Last year I bought fair trade ornaments from the women’s businesses they support as well as a scarf, coffee mug, boxed chocolates, and more. People loved the items and what the brand stands for!

Rothy’s recycled plastic shoes

I love these comfortable flats that have recycled over 10,000,00 plastic bottles! Yes, they’re even BPA-free! Get $20 with this link.

the gift of experiences & memories

Fantastic Beasts Perilous Pursuit Cooperative Dice Game

The perfect board game for the Harry Potter fans in your life! It’s a little skill and a lot of luck but fun to play together as a team in order to “chase” your beasts into the “case”! This one is perfect for younger family members since it’s simple dice rolling and you play together.

Escape Room (the game)

We haven’t tried this game ourselves – but it’s on our wish list this year! It looks so cool and a great price right now for less than $10 per escape! Get it deeply discounted right now for $29.99.

Groupon & the experiences on them

From indoor sky diving and trampoline parks to laser tag and escape rooms, my family often gifts each other experiences from Groupon. Just this year my dad got me a tour of a local hard cidery for my birthday he found there. Great deals all the time but especially this weekend!

A Game of Thrones Catan

If you’re anxiously awaiting the next installment of Game of Thrones like we are, ease the suffering with this Game of Thrones-themed version of Settlers of Catan! We are playing this all weekend with The Paleo Mom’s family – you needn’t know the show or books to play, but it’s a fun revised version of the classic game.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

I got the full Hogwarts Lego set for my birthday and it is AWESOME. Right now this Great Hall Lego set is under $100 – and a great “experience” to build with your family!

And a few health things we’re loving and just wanna share ♥

23andMe DNA Test

Who doesn’t want to know more about themselves?! We love this kit because you can easily do the DNA test at home, mail in your results, and then receive a breakdown of the different ancestries in your DNA to .1%! Currently half price on Amazon!

Amazon’s NOVBOOKS5 code for $5 off books on Amazon, is worth partaking in

From kids & comic books to our favorite new recipe books (Affordable Paleo Cooking with your Instant Pot and Pre-order Eat What You Love)

Vital Proteins

My favorite health-supporting products rarely go on sale – some of our favorites include the Collagen Peptides (amazing for strong hair, nails, skin, and joints!) and the Beef Liver (so nutrient dense – we take these daily!). Check out the 3 amazing promotions going on now through Cyber Monday:

1. Buy Vital, Gift Vital

  • Receive a 5 oz. Collagen Peptide with any purchase over $50.
  • Receive a Hydro Flask & 5 oz. Collagen Peptides with any purchase over $75.

2. Mega Bundle

  • For $267, snag the Vital Proteins Mega Bundle for the ultimate collagen fan in your life. This $300+ value is perfect to stock up on your collagen favorites for a 15% savings!

3. Holiday Sampler Box

  • Try 5 of Vital Proteins’ fan favorites all in one box for only $16!

Legit Bread

We personally know and love Jennifer, the owner of Legit Bread. We know she gives back, cares for her customers, and makes THE BEST mixes that are, pardon the pun, LEGIT. Their paleo-friendly bread mix is out of this world. It’s so easy to make! We actually use the pancake one more often than anything else, the kids love being able to quickly and easily make their own waffles and pancakes! Take advantage of this discount with code GIMME on LegitBread.com or find them on Amazon Prime.

Otto’s Cassava Flour (+ Free Shipping)

Otto’s Cassava Flour has revolutionized the way we bake! This gluten-free, paleo certified flour is the perfect for every holiday treat, pie, cookie, cake that you plan to make! It’s also incredible for bread, biscuits, and makes a great thickener for stews and gravy. At 20% off plus free shipping, now is the time to stock up on this magical flour! Through Nov 25, use code FALL20 for 20% off plus free shipping

Good Tea

Rishi Tea Organic Tumeric Ginger Tea (Caffeine Free)

I know turmeric in tea sounds gross, but I had this at a conference a few months ago and am HOOKED. The licorice and orange peel sweetens the tea and the ginger and turmeric are excellent for reducing inflammation. Definitely worth a try and a great stocking stuffer.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Mocha

If you caught our recent podcast episode Are Mushrooms Really Magic?, you know why functional mushrooms are incredible for your health! One of my favorite way to enjoy their benefits is with Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Mocha Mix! It’s so rich and chocolatey you won’t even know you’re drinking mushrooms until you feel the magical effects!

Shop Small & Local for Small Business Saturday!

Etsy

Support small business by stocking up on holiday gifts at Etsy.com this weekend! Etsy is a marketplace for artists and artisans to sell their handcrafted, custom, or vintage goods – everything from jewelry, to artwork, to leather goods, to furniture, and beyond! If you’re looking for a unique, thoughtful presents for your loved ones, support small business and shop with the talented artists at Etsy!

 

Here are some of our favorite items and shops:

15% Off Beautycounter (+ Free Shipping)

Moreso than anything else here on this list, Beautycounter is our family business. We’ve dedicated ourselves to sharing about the importance of safer personal care products, and we’re excited that this week (for only the 2nd time in 5 years) is making it more affordable with 15% off sitewide PLUS free shipping on orders over $50!

beautycounter gifts under 50 plus 15 percent off

Unlike most holiday gifts, giving someone Beautycounter means you’re improving their health with something they’d be using anyway (but better).

Now’s the time to stock up and get gifts for everyone on your list! Beautycounter is the only brand I know that tests their products for heavy metals, carcinogens, hormone disruptors and other safety standards THREE TIMES before it gets in your hands. Plus, their 60 day no-questions-asked return policy guarantees you’ll love how they perform!

Don’t miss these money savers – a crazy good deal, all under $50 regularly – which means they’re all $40 or less now!

Check out all the under $50 holiday items —> HERE!

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Whatever deals you end up taking advantage of this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday we hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend with family, friends, and good food! We will be updating this Facebook thread as more deals pop, so make sure to “follow” that post if you want to stay in the know!

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