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Bryan Adams, whose current Shine A Light Tour ensures one tree is planted per ticket sold, continues to donate his used guitar strings to the charity Wear Your Music. Founder and designer Hannah Garrison makes and sells gorgeous custom jewelry out of them. Fittingly, the pop hitmaker selected Nordoff-Robbins as the recipient of the proceeds. The U.K. music therapy charity “use[s]music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation.” Adams’ strings have been made into bracelets, cuffs and pendants, ranging from $65 to $275 USD. The pendant, for example, features a stainless steel and glass locket on a boxchain necklace. Buy them here. — Karen Bliss

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A portion of proceeds from these colourful rainbow-patterned Dr. Martens goes to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ people under the age of 25. The style is the classic 1460 — the original boot that came out in England April 1, 1960, hence the name — and include a rainbow welt stitch, eyelets, laces, sock liner and heel-loop. “Because whatever your color, creed, sexual orientation, musical tastes, passions or beliefs, Dr. Martens is proud to celebrate inclusivity and diversity,” the company states. The boots retail for $189.99 (CAD). Buy them here. Dr. Martens has other Pride boots and also rainbow laces. — Karen Bliss


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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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