December 12, 2014 12:03 ET

Gifts That Give Back

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2014) - Lifestyle expert, Julie Edelman shares feel good gifts that keep giving beyond the holidays to people locally and globally.

Did you know milk is one of the most requested but rarely donated items that food banks ask for? You can give the gift of a gallon by donating to The Great American Milk Drive, the first nationwide program to help deliver nutrient-rich milk to hungry families -- including 16 million children who are food insecure in the US. This is made possible by Feeding America, dairy farmers, and milk companies. Donate now at and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered to your local food bank. Plus they will match all donations made now through the end of the month. It's a terrific way to also get kids involved -- have them donate the milk they'd leave for Santa.

Another great gift is the limited edition KIND Holiday Cube, which is filled with 20 of KIND's Nuts and Spices chocolate flavors. Each contain only 5 grams of sugar or less, with nothing artificial. Better yet inside the cube, you'll find a #KINDAWESOME card. You simply hand this card to a person you see doing something kind, and they can redeem the card for free KIND snacks. Plus, the cube is less than $40 at It's a wonderful way to brighten someone's day and pay it forward this holiday season.

More than 16,000 children across the globe die each day from hunger-related causes, but for seven years now Yoko Ono Lennon and Hard Rock International have teamed up for the IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER campaign. To date, this campaign has helped communities grow enough food to provide more than 9.7 million nutritious meals to children globally through donations and merchandise. This year, you can purchase Hard Rock's IMAGINE earbuds which are only $10 and 50% of net revenue goes directly to charity partner WhyHunger. This would make a great stocking stuffer too.

Here's another staggering stat for pet-lovers: each year over 8 million pets end up in shelters, and half are euthanized because they can't find a home --that's about 11,000 pets a day. As little as a $25 donation to PetSmart charities can save one pet's life while they wait for a home by covering things like shelter space, food and vet services. For the 11th year in a row, PetSmart Charities earned Charity Navigator's top 4-star rating and remains in the top one percent of all charities ranked. You can simply visit to make a donation online.

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