Where to Buy Gifts This Chirstmas that Make A Difference Locally & Abroad

**Update- This post is from last year but, as I am starting to cross people off my Christmas list I am looking for more places to spend my Christmas budget that will make a difference in someone’s life. Look through the list below and add any updates!

A Coupon Katie Facebook fan left me this question:

Do you know of any charities that are selling items that can be used as Christmas gifts? I would like to buy some gifts that support a good cause at the same time! I did find some nice merchandise at Other than that one, I am drawing a blank! Thanks!!

What a great question! I love that in a season that can become overrun with commercialism Melissa stopped and asked this question.

I told her my Father-in-law worked for World Vision for years so we always bought them a gift from the World Vision gift catalog. Over the years we have purchased goats, chickens,vaccinations, soccer ball, clean water, lanterns-all sorts of things in my in-laws names. I also suggested Kris&Kate. They are a online woman’s fashion store that offers daily deals and they give 10% of every sale to World Vision’s Microenterprise Loans for Women or Compassion2one’s enterprise of freeing children from the sex-slave industry.

I then posted the question to all my  Facebook fans and asked for more suggestions. There was such a great response!  I feel like all the great ideas need to be shared. Here is the list I have received so far:

Feeding the Orphans a local charity run by Sydney O’Leary, a 15 year-old-girl. Money goes to feed orphans, and to drill wells for towns that have no clean water in Ghana. Thanks, Ann

Krochet Kids-This is my idea, in honor my cousin Chloe who interned for them last year.

FashionAblehas beautiful scarves made by African women. It is a great charity and a great product!, Thanks Mindy

Hello Somebody exists to provide sustainable projects and restorative care to improve the lives of children in need. Thanks, Julie

KARM Thrift Stores-Thanks, Amber

Show Hope, Thanks Brandee

Sseko and Punjammies and is wonderful fro delicious coffee. Thanks, Rachel

Heifer International gift catalog. You can purchase all different kinds of animals for families in need in other countries as a gift for someone. An animal can literally change the life of a family in another country. Samaritan’s Purse– is the same idea. Thanks, Stacey

The Volunteer Ministry Center Angel ornament is once again available this holiday season. This small foil Angel is a lovely symbol which indicates that you have given a gift to VMC in honor of the recipient. The Angel is appropriate for use as an ornament or a gift enclosure and will provide a lasting remembrance of your thoughtfulness.Angels are available for any donation amount of $5.00 or more and can be ordered by calling Selena Brewster at 524-3926 or by stopping by the VMC building at 511 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Thanks, Marie

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it opens up a conversation and more of you share your ideas.  If you know of other worthy organizations or local events leave a comment below. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.



Feed Knoxville Food Drive=Help Second Harvest Food Bank, Get Free Chick-fil-A

Here is another great opportunity to support a local organization doing a lot of good in our community! Following is the information I received:

In hopes of reaching East Tennessee and facing hunger head on, The Church at Knoxville is excited to present the second annual “Feed Knoxville”.

We in conjunction with Chick Fil A, and 5 other churches and organizations  are hosting a week long food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank and give back to our community. We invite anyone and everyone in the city to take part as we reach for our goal of 100,000 food items for Second Harvest Food Bank,

When: Monday October 24th- Saturday, October 29th

Where: 8 area Knoxville Chick-fil-A locations

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm weekdays, and 12:00pm to 6:00pm Saturday

Food: For every 3 food items donated, a coupon will be given for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich

Giveaways: Spin the wheel giveaways on Saturday (10/29)

Listed participating Chick-fil-A restaurants: Oak Ridge, Clinton Highway, Turkey Creek, Kingston Overlook, West Town Mall, Morristown, Hunter’s Crossing (Alcoa), and Chapman Highway

You have a week to help Second Harvest Food Bank and get some free Chick-fil-A so start looking through those well stocked pantries!

Tanger Outlets:Donate $1 for Breast Cancer Research Get 25% Off Coupon

A good deal that supports a great cause. Perfect.

You can purchase a Pink Card for a $1 donation that will go to support breast cancer research. You can use that Pink Card at participating Tanger Outlet retailers to get 25% off one item. There is no limit to the number of cards you can purchase but each card can only be used once.

You can chose the Tanger Outlet Center nearest you to see participating stores and the donation beneficiary before you purchase.

For Sevierville, the donations benefit the American Cancer Society Mid-South division and most of the stores are participating in the 25% discount. A few of my favorites: J. Crew, Nine West, The Childrens Place, Old Navy, Disney, Coach.

Thanks, The Thrifty Couple

Click to Give:Support Your Favorite Causes Online

I got an email today about an  interesting program called “Click to Give”. You can help your favorite charities with a simple click and Earn Free merchandise while doing so.

Click to Give is Free to join and 100% of the proceeds go to the charities you choose to help. With Click to Give, you browse the menu of causes and select which great cause(s) you’d like to help. When you click on the ‘Click to Give’ button associated with each organization, a click is then registered in their system of which every dollar made by the advertising shown on the ‘Thank You’ page goes directly to that charity you are wanting to help.
(A percentage of the funding generated from your clicks goes towards purchasing merchandise from the chosen charities on This not only continues to ensure that every dollar generated goes directly to the cause you are clicking but also helps Click to Give reward you for your efforts in clicking daily.)

You can check it all out here.