Out of the ToyBox Gifts: Gifts that Give Back

We have a big family, lots of friends, plus four kids, that means lots of presents. I appreciate (LOVE really) creative non-toy gifts for our family and/or children. Watch this week for a series of Out of the ToyBox Gift Guides to give you ideas on ways to gift big without filling your house with stuff.


For Mom (or other important women in your life)


These beautiful bracelets are made by Hands of Hope and come in an assortment of colors. Your purchase will help support a home for battered and trafficked girls in the Philippines. Purchase them at The Bootery {483 Central Ave., Highland Park}



For the Kids


 The Kindness Connection is more than another monthly subscription service to entertain kids, it’s Volunteer projects delivered right to your door. For $35 per year, The Kind Kids Club membership will allow you to spend time as a family with at-home projects to benefit recipients at local and national charities. Projects are age appropriate for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

For the Family


You and your kids can work together to build a Children’s Museum in Lake County! Busy Brains Children’s Museum is excited to announce our traveling tile tote baskets, which are currently traveling throughout homes and schools in Lake County and surrounding areas. The traveling tote includes paints, brushes and accessories needed to design a tile in the comfort of your own home. Create a tile with your family, with playgroup friends, neighbors, at boy scout or girl scout meetings or anywhere that you choose. Tiles will be fired courtesy of Neil Estrick Art Studio in Grayslake and featured in the permanent museum. Help build Busy Brains Children’s Museum, one tile at a time! Tiles range in price from $25 to $100 for sizes 6×6 up through 12 x12.

For the Grandparents that Have Everything they need

You hear it from them all the time, “Oh we have everything we need!”. Help someone in need with these gifts, then have your kids make a handmade card to go with it.

Gift-Catalog-Web-Icons-20144 Feed my Starving Children, aside from being a great way to volunteer with your children, also allows you to purchase gifts of Christmas Hope. These range in price from $10 to $500 and can provide meals, for a family, a child or a village!


kindergartenreadinessGive the gift of reading and education for those in need by purchasing from the United Way of Lake County’s Holiday Giving Catalog.  Gifts range from $10 to $500 and con provide Kindergarten Readiness material, sponsor a child for a learning club, train volunteers, provided refurbished computers and more.

527733_10150910482059582_76580224_n Food for the Hungry allows you to purchase everything from Farm and Garden Tools to animals, clean water, and education for impoverished people all over the world.

About Melissa Haak 710 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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