Product of the Month

Sometimes people want to do good but just don't know where to start. There's now a solution for those facing philanthropic indecision — follow the cards. Specifically, follow the tasks suggested in Boom Boom Revolution's Random Act Of Kindness card kits. Ranging in cost from $9.99 to $34.99 USD ($13.43 to $47.05 CAD) these 26-card sets come in "original," "teen" and "family" variations and feature suggested tasks like picking up trash, giving someone a genuine compliment or writing a letter to someone who inspires you. The Boom Boom website also collects stories about these acts of kindness to encourage further do-gooding. —Aaron Brophy


The Kiehl's cosmetics company and professional snowboarder / Olympic medalist Mark McMorris will be helping disadvantaged youth participate in sports using funds generated from sales of a limited edition skin cream. The goal is $20,000. Some proceeds from Kiehl's Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream will go towards the McMorris Foundation and its partner organization Canadian Tire Jumpstart with the goal of reducing costs of things like registrations, equipment and transportation in youth sports. The cream is available online and in Canadian Kiehl's outlets for $36 (50ml containers). —Aaron Brophy

The Karma Box Co. has previously donated proceeds from its subscription box to Oceana and Canadian Women’s Foundation and this winter season, founders Erin Maureen and Kat Rose have selected the Daily Bread Food Bank. The box will include 6 to 8 products (valued at $175) ranging from “natural beauty brands, current fashion must-haves, fitness essentials, health- conscious eats and swoon worthy home décor,” it states on the web site. A one-time purchase is $69.95; a yearly subscription (a new box every three months) is $251.84. The company ships to Canada, U.S. and U.K. — Karen Bliss

Enrique Iglesias has two new charity T-shirts for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to Save The Children. They feature the Spanish pop singer wearing the original heart-design charity tee he created in 2015, after his white shirt got bloodied in a severe accident when he grabbed a drone during his concert in Tijuana, Mexico. The new "heart photo" tees come in red or black, in men and women’s small to XXL; $11 from the $27.50 (USD) price benefits Save the Children’s Healing and Education through the Arts, a.k.a. HEART, programs in Mexico. The original T-shirt is still for sale and $12 goes to Save The Children’s Emergency Fund. —  Karen Bliss


Bentgo, the mess-free stackable compartmentalized lunch box, complete with cutlery, will donate up to $50,000 (USD) this year to Feed The Children, based on 5 percent of any lunchbox sales made online at, and The eco-friendly compact Bentogo Original, Bentgo Kids and Bentgo Kids come in purple, green and blue, and range in price from $14.99 to $27.99 (USD). Feed The Children is a nonprofit organization that provides food and disaster relief around the U.S. and in select countries. Its vision is to "create a world where no child goes to bed hungry." — Karen Bliss

The FabFitFun Winter Box (value $200; cost $49.99 USD) not only includes full-size products such as Anderson Lilley’s beach butter body cream and D.L. & Co’s Bergamot Woods candle, but a custom-created Starlight Children's Foundation pin to raise awareness for the 30 million children in the U.S. who suffer each year from critical, chronic or terminal illness. The company also asks its 200,000 subscribers to take photo of the pin and share a holiday wish, using #wishonastar #fabfitfun.  Customers can also donate directly to Starlight through their add-on program. Buy the box here. — Karen Bliss

McGregor Socks, a family-owned Canadian company, has partnered with the Movember Foundation to create some snazzy men’s socks adorned with two different moustache designs (Movember is the month of November when men grow moustaches to raise awareness and fundraise for men’s health issues). Available in six different style choices ($12), the socks are available at Hudson’s Bay, Sears Canada and select indies. $1 from each sale will be donated to the Movember Foundation, the world’s largest men’s health organization. Buy the two styles here and here. — Karen Bliss

Travalo, the refillable fragrance atomizer bottle, has partnered with Bright Pink this October to raise money for breast cancer awareness month. Purchase the pink-coloured models Excel, Classic HD and Milano ($15.99 to $49 USD) and the company will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to the non-profit, which aims to reach 52 million women (ages 18 to 45) with its “innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs.” Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

South African-born actress Charlize Theron has partnered once again with TOMS to raise money for her Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program (CTAOP), which she founded in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The CTAOP navy washed women’s avalon slip-ons sell for $70 (CAD) and TOMS U.S. offers kids and youth versions and a backpack ($36-$78). With every TOMS + CTAOP product purchased, TOMS will donate $5 to CTAOP for a minimum total of $100,000 (USD). And as usual, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a new pair to a child in need.  Buy them here in Canada and here in the U.S. — Karen Bliss

To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month this June, the National Basketball Association has teamed up with Teespring to create NBA Pride T-shirts featuring the logos of all 30 teams in the colours of the rainbow.  Selling for $24.95 (USD), all proceeds go to GLSEN, which works “to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.” Support your team. Support Pride. Support the rights of all. Not into basketball? Then just pick the coolest looking tee. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss