Choose the gift of giving this holiday season

The holiday season is an important time of year to celebrate with loved ones and show them how much you care. It is also a great opportunity to help those in need by considering gifts that give back and help those in need.

Your gifts can do more than make you and your recipients feel good. The value and impact can be immeasurable to the lives you’re affecting. Here are some ways you can help those in need this year:

* Find out what nonprofit organizations your loved ones support, and make a gift donation in their names. Many nonprofits will provide a gift donation “thank you” card for the recipient to open on the holidays. It’s a nice way to honor your loved ones and the charities they support. A great example is a holiday card from Share Our Strength, the leading non-profit working to end childhood hunger in America.

* Purchase gifts from companies that donate part of your purchase price to a nonprofit organization. Hickory Farms, known for a variety of quality gift baskets and boxes, is offering a Party Planner Gift Box this holiday. The Hickory Farms Party Planner Gift Box is filled with savory favorites like the award winning Signature Summer Sausage and new Farmhouse Cheddar. This gift box is a great way to bring friends and family together this holiday season. For every Party Planner Gift Box sold this holiday season, the company will contribute $ 5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign (up to $ 500,000 through Jan. 31, 2012).

“The goal of the No Kid Hungry Campaign is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015,” says Bill Shore, Chairman and CEO of Share Our Strength. “One in five children cannot count on having enough to eat. Companies like Hickory Farms know that a hungry child is a disadvantaged child, and they make it easy for holiday shoppers to contribute to the fight to make sure all children struggling with hunger in our country have access to the nutritious food they need to live, learn and thrive.”

* Sponsoring another family’s holiday is thoughtful and easy way to give back this season. Choose a community organization that will identify a local family in need and help provide some of the gifts on their holiday wish list. Personalizing these gifts to the local family connects your family to theirs, and brightens the season for all.

Choosing gifts that give back this season can really help put you in the holiday spirit, while also benefiting those organizations that rely on charitable donations this time of year. As your loved ones unwrap their gifts, know that the joy they are experiencing goes further to help others in your community and across the country. Visit to order a Party Planner Gift Box that supports Share Our Strength, or to purchase other quality gift boxes.