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Feel Good Gifts 11/25/11

Many of us have at least one person who's tough to shop for … "My daughter." "My brother." "My stepfather, who very much expresses his opinion." Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, Consumer Reports ShopSmart says consider giving a "feel-good gift." "Our teams scoured the web to find sites that that sell unique, affordable gifts for everyone on your list." One nonprofit site to consider is Bead-For-Life-dot-org. It boasts handmade jewelry made from recycled paper. These bracelets cost five dollars each. Jody Rohlena, "We found a lot of sites that use recycled or repurposed materials and also give back to the environment. Ecoist-dot-com sells everything from handbags to home goods. And E-Conscious-Market is filled with great eco-friendly gifts including this iPhone alarm clock dock for 40 dollars. For young artists these fingerprint art sets go for just 10 dollars at Giggle-dot-com. Jody Rohlena, "This site lets you round your purchase up to the nearest dollar, and the extra goes to a children's charity."
And delight someone's taste buds with this 18-dollar gift set from Greyston Bakery. Jody Rohlena, "This bakery's mission is to give jobs to hard-to-employ people. In fact, their slogan is, 'We don't hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.' And the brownies are really delicious." So this holiday season consider a gift that keeps on giving for those tough-to-buy-for family and friends. ."

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