10 Businesses That Can Help You Give Back on Giving Tuesday

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Photo by Techa Tungateja / iStock via Getty Images

Along with the parties and the shopping, the holidays are also about giving to others. And today, December 3, is Giving Tuesday, a movement that started back in 2012, which encourages individuals, families, and businesses to come together to donate to charities and nonprofits.

According to the website, there are now people and organizations participating in Giving Tuesday in every country in the world, and in United States alone, the movement has raised over $1 billion.

Learn how you can get involved by checking out some of the businesses throughout the United States that are taking part in Giving Tuesday this year.

1. Lush Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics is working to raise $300,000 on Giving Tuesday by matching up to $150,000 from Charity Pot Body Lotion purchases. The funds that Lush matches through the sales will go directly to Retreet, The Sunrise Movement, Aliados, Climate Action Network Canada, and Amazon Watch—five organizations that support the climate movement. The proceeds from Charity Pot sales will go straight into the company's charity fund, where 100 percent of the money will be donated to grassroots organizations working on human rights, environmental justice, and animal protection.

2. Facebook

If you’ve been thinking about setting up a donation to a charitable cause on Facebook, today is the day to do it, because the social media platform will be matching donations dollar for dollar until users hit $7 million in donations.

3. Pottery Barn

Today, Pottery Barn will be matching all customer donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital both in the store and online. St. Jude is an establishment completely devoted to treating children with cancer, and, according to the website, families never receive a bill for their care.

4. Patagonia

From November 20 through December 21, the outdoor gear company will be matching donations to their Patagonia Action Works fund, which supports grassroots movements that work to find solutions for the environmental crisis. The company will match donations up to $10,000 apiece and will continue until they’ve reached a maximum total match of $10,000,000.

5. T-Mobile

T-Mobile is working to get employees and customers to help donate up to 5 million meals to Feeding America. Today, for every deal customers save with on the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, the cell phone provider will donate up to five meals. Each time someone tweets with #GivingOnUs, T-Mobile will also contribute 10 meals. The cell provider will also be hosting 100 employee volunteer events with Feeding America member food banks across the country through the rest of the year.

6. Fossil and DoSomething.org

These two have teamed up to inspire their followers to Make Time for Good and give back to their community. Their website encourages fans and followers to complete challenges, such as posting kind messages on mirrors or unplugging electronics that aren’t in use. For every challenge completed and shared on social media with the hashtag #MakeTimeForGood, Fossil will donate $1 to DoSomething.

7. EBay

Each time a major brand uses a holiday buzzword (like mistletoe or Rudolph), the online marketplace will put $1 in a #HolidayJargon Jar. Once they reach $50,000, they'll donate the money to charity, according to Mobile Marketer. Consumers can join in, too, by tagging instances of #HolidayJargon in real life and following @HolidayJargon on Twitter.

8. The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has a network of locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island and helps enrich the lives of many in those communities. Today, you can help give back to this library system, because until midnight tonight, your donation to the NYPL will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

9. Vizio

This retailer launched a 50-inch special edition VIZIO (RED) 4K HDR Smart TV, and on Giving Tuesday, 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the Global Fund, which finances HIV/Aids programs throughout Africa.

10. Paypal

This widely used service will add 10 percent up to a total of $600,000 when you support the causes that are part of the Paypal Giving Fund.

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These Atlases Map Out the Unique Histories of New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco

University of California Press / Amazon
University of California Press / Amazon

When thinking of a map, your mind most likely pictures a seemingly unruly network of colorful lines showing roads and city limits. But what if a map could go beyond geography and show just what makes a particular place so unique? For over 10 years, author Rebecca Solnit has compiled three unique atlases of New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans, with each one giving readers a look at these distinct cities that goes far beyond tourist attractions and subway lines. Now, for the first time, you can buy all three atlases in a set at Barnes & Noble ($68) or Amazon ($51).

In Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Solnit, along with artists, writers, and cartographers, created 22 colored maps of the city, with each one focusing on a different aspect of its character. For example, the "Poison/Palate" map displays the dichotomy between the artisan food shops and restaurants that exist alongside the toxic mines and chemical factories found in the Bay Area. The "Green Women" map, on the other hand, celebrates the women of the city that have fought for the environment. You can find the first of the series on Amazon for $21.

The second in the series is Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, written by Solnit and co-authored by Rebecca Snedeker, a native to New Orleans and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker (Witness: Katrina). Alongside 22 maps, this atlas features more than 20 essays written by musicians, prison activists, and many other local experts. Readers can see the aftermath of the BP spill in the “Oil and Water” map, while “A City in Time” allows viewers to see how New Orleans has been settled over a period of 300 years. Find this edition for $21 on Amazon.

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas is the last in the series, and you can find it on Amazon for $22. Written by Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a geographer and writer, this edition has 26 maps, highlighted by “City of Women.” At first glance, it looks like a typical subway map, but when you look closer, you’ll see the stop names have been replaced by those of women who have impacted the city in some way, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Dorothy Parker. If you buy the set, you'll receive an updated fold-out poster of this popular map, which includes more recent names like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Alongside the many women that have shaped the Big Apple, readers can see a mapped-out version of the different languages spoken throughout Queens and much more.

The set also includes two other color fold-out posters of New Orleans and San Francisco and an essay by Solnit reflecting on this project.

Once you're done looking through these unique maps, check out some of the most important ones in history.

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Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.