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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10 Harry Potter LEGO Sets to Get Fans This Holiday Season

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The magic of Harry Potter continues to amaze children all over the globe, especially when the cherished series is combined with the LEGO brand. And if you have a builder on your list who's obsessed with the series, we've compiled a list of 10 great sets you can pick up for the holidays.

1. Diagon Alley; $400

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This set includes more than 5000 pieces to use to build storefronts, props, and the interiors of Diagon Alley. From Flourish and Blotts to Fred and George Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, you’ll be able to go shopping here every day.

Buy it: LEGO

2. Attack on the Burrows; $100

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Many fans will remember when the Death Eaters attacked the Weasley home in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). This set helps fans build their topsy-turvy house just before Bellatrix arrives to destroy it all.

Buy it: Target

3. Hogwarts Astronomy Tower; $100

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The Hogwarts Astronomy Tower is a truly iconic location. Just below the top of the tower, fans can build the Ravenclaw dormitories and common room. Below is Professor Slughorn’s potions office, where he keeps many secrets.

Buy it: LEGO

4. Quidditch Match; $40

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Throughout Harry’s time at Hogwarts, not only has he managed to save the school every year, but he also carved out plenty of time to play Quidditch. This set lets fans build the pitch, complete with viewing stands for each house; three goal posts; and all the tools needed to play the game, like a Quaffle, a Bludger, and, of course, a Golden Snitch.

Buy it: LEGO

5. LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar; $40

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As we start to inch closer to Christmas day, many like to celebrate with Advent calendars. This Advent calendar made by LEGO features elements from the Potter films, including minifigures and props.

Buy it: LEGO

6. Hogwarts Castle; $400

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For the ultimate LEGO Harry Potter experience, building the Hogwarts Castle is a must. With over 6000 pieces, fans can build each area the castle has to offer, from the Great Hall to the Chamber of Secrets deep below.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hogwarts Express; $64

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So many great memories have happened at Platform 9¾, and now, fans can make the journey themselves with this 801-piece set, complete with platform, train, and a wall to go through. There might even be an enemy aboard, but you’ll have to find them.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue; $60

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Hagrid is the honorary fourth member of the gang, and by proxy so is Buckbeak, his Hippogriff. The pivotal moment when Hermione and Harry go back in time to save Buckbeak has now been transformed into a set for fans to build.

Buy it: LEGO

9. Hogwarts Clock Tower; $90

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This 922-piece set shows fans everything that goes on inside the clock tower, from the Prefects' bathroom to Dumbledore’s office to the Hospital Wing. Reenact the Yule Ball with all the icy decorations and minifigures of Madame Maxime, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Beauxbatons' Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts; $50

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If you are going to build the Hogwarts Express, it seems fitting to also build another iconic mode of transportation: the Beauxbatons' carriage. In the Goblet of Fire, the all-girls French wizarding school decided to arrive at Hogwarts in style with this flying carriage. The carriage even has some secret compartments that will make the journey even more fun.

Buy it: LEGO

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