Wool and the Gang, 12 days of Shopping, pragmaticmom.com

12 Days of Shopping: Do Good/Hostess Gifts (Day 7)

Best Hostess Gifts and Gifts That Give Back

Capability:Mom is posting today on lovely hostess gifts and frankly, she is an expert on this.  For my part, I am compiling a list of gifts that give back in some way but also have a “present component” to the recipient. They’re gifts that keep on giving.

Wool and the Gang. I read about this in Elle magazine.  My mother-in-law was here a few months ago and I finally learned to knit after years of yearning to knit — I had seen a hat on Cameron Diaz, a simple beanie like the grey one here but it was $200 and that seemed like highway robbery because it doesn’t look too difficult to make.  And it’s not!

Wool and the Gang, 12 days of Shopping, pragmaticmom.com

Another idea for doing good while eating chocolates is an artisan chocolatier, Compartes.  They are donating proceeds from an African themed truffles collection (think caramelized plantains and cardamon!) to help victims in Darfur.  The chocolates come with a Beads of Africa bracelet, each handmade from sand in Africa and are $20. The bracelets can also be purchased individually for $10 from Relief Beads.


Lauren Bush-Lauren’s non-profit FEED has great bags to help your country of choice feed its hungry children.

FEED USA, $30 Bib, $18FEED Guatemala Pouch for Cosmetics or Pencils, $30Tee to FEED Japan, $35

Stocking, $20

To order or examine any item, please click on image of item.

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies & Personalized Holiday Tags

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Love these ideas – only you could come up such terrific finds! Can we have matching hats?

  2. Melissa

    I love reading your blog! It’s amazing. Do you have any secret knowledge of creative Hannukah gifts?

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