When I was little, my mom piled the presents high underneath the Christmas tree. She was a single mom working as a nurse until I was eight, and she was extremely frugal—except at Christmas time. It was a time to splurge a little, and I was, of course, so happy she did. And though I remember the joy of tearing open what seemed like an endless mountain of gifts, the list of presents I distinctly remember opening is short: When I was maybe five, I was thrilled to receive a large cloth drawstring sack filled with large wooden building bricks of different shapes and sizes. I slung it over my shoulder and marched around the house with the blocks poking into my back. When I was a little older, I received a giant Lego set that brought tears to my eyes. And when I was around middle-school age, it was a stereo with a turntable and 9-track player that made me weep with joy.
It wasn’t until I was older that I realized not everyone was as lucky as I was. And after experiencing adoption through the foster system, I’m even more acutely aware that many families won’t experience the joy of holiday giving like I did as a kid. So I’m very excited to partner with Target and TOMS on their holiday gift collection. Each time you buy something from the #TOMSforTarget collection, the brands will give a gift to someone in need: either a blanket via American Red Cross or a week of meals via Feeding America. Plus the prices are pretty amazing.
French terry sweatshirt: $22
Toddler shoes: $38
Men’s denim button up: $30
Fringe blanket: $30
Chambray shirt: $26
I mean, you’d want to buy this stuff even it it didn’t have a do-gooder angle right? I want everything! But I chose my top seven favorites so my husband (ahem!) could have a short list to shop from.
Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSforTarget
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.