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Do some good: Check out these gifts that give back

If you're still looking to grab a few presents why not choosing something that will come with a side of good karma

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High style indeed: A portion of sales of Red Canoe’s RCAF kit bag is funnelled to the Air Force Association of Canada, an advocacy group that helps unite veterans. $149.99 at Chapters and Indigo stores across Canada.


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Talk about a step in the right direction: Every time a pair of TOMS shoes (including these Black Aztec Canvas Men’s Desert Boots and Silver Houndstooth Women’s Classics) is bought, a child in need also gets a pair. From $65 a pair.


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Until Dec. 31, National Bank branches will be dispensing chocolate as well as cash, selling specially designed boxes of fair-trade Theobroma bars in three delicious flavours. Even sweeter, all profits raised support breakfast programs for schoolkids across the country. $5 a tin at National Bank branches nationwide.

Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail/Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail

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Lend a hand (or wrist) to Haitian earthquake survivors with a funky Roots Help Haiti bracelet – all of the proceeds go to Canadian Red Cross efforts there. $5 at Roots stores nationwide.


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Aid in the battle against pediatric AIDS by purchasing a pair of Fidelity’s Dedicated Denim jeans; 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. $205 at stores across Canada (visit for retailers).


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Giving the gift of an Hour Vision Blue watch by OMEGA, which is committing at least $1-million (U.S.) from its sale to ORBIS International’s blindness-fighting Flying Eye Hospital, is time and money well spent. $7,300 at the OMEGA boutique in Vancouver or through


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