Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

Darling over the past twenty-something years I feel that we have developed quite the strong bond with one another. You’ve seen me through chipped teeth and Barbie obsessions, and I still maintain that, at the ripe old age of seven, I spotted you in our Southern California apartment (though to this day there is not one living soul who believes me). Between you and me, however, we know it’s true; so don’t try to deny it. You wouldn’t want to end up on the Naughty list now would you, Mr. Claus?

And Mrs. Claus! Though I have never corresponded with her directly, I’m sure she has a soft spot for me. After all, I was the one who packed a small suitcase full of chocolate chip cookies and homemade potholders crafted by my first-grade fingers for you to bring back to the North Pole especially for her – which, might I add, was missing when I awoke on Christmas morning; a sure sign that you took it on your way out the door (or rather, up the chimney).

But I digress; this year my letter is slightly different. While there are countless items I would love to call my own (namely the Brooklyn Bridge Double-Finger Ring introduced to me by Mayra), I am not writing to request beaming baubles or flashy frippery; for Christmas 2009 I am asking only for gifts which give back to others, that way there are no losers in terms of prezzies, only winners all around!

Wishingfish “Lucky Beggar Purse” Kitty cats, if you weren’t already aware, though a hunch on my part tells me you were, I am a coffee lover who has never been able to resist the lure of an adorable handbag or home for my spare change. Thus the reason the Lucky Beggar Purse is wholeheartedly calling my name. The brainchild of artist George Skelcher; the Lucky Beggar Purse evolved from inspiration found right on the sidewalks of New York City via homeless panhandlers using decomposing coffee cups as their own personal pocketbooks. Blue, white, and gold in color, and emblazoned with the words “We Are Happy to Serve You,” the Lucky Beggar Purse, which was once exhibited in an NYC art gallery, is a little slice of East Coast history that will make you appreciate the good things, and feel proud of how you helped others, as part of the proceeds from each purse go straight to HELP USA.

DKNY Jeans “‘Believe’ T-Shirt” I truly feel that there is no better way to inspire a little hope in not only oneself, but in the people surrounding you, than by what you wear; and DKNY Jeans’ “Believe” T-Shirt is a preemptive way in doing just that. A part of the DKNY Capsule Collection created just for St. Jude’s Hospital’s Thanks and Giving Campaign, which inflames shopaholics like you and me to “give thanks for the healthy kids in your lives and to give to those who are not”; the black, silvertone stud embellished Believe tee is the perfect topper to a pair of black as night bottoms, like Community Denim’s Low Rise Skinny Jeans with Zip, or a slinky bandage skirt for an urbane look that makes you feel good both inside and out!

LUSH “Charity Pot Lotion” Santa, you know this better than anyone given your job description, but we are in the throes of winter, and that spells absolute disaster for one’s skin. The wind whipping us about to and fro is tyrannical, and downright detrimental to our dermis; therefore, I (and I’m sure all of you are as well) am in need of a moisturizer that will protect and enhance my exterior, and the one I choose is LUSH’s Charity Pot Potion. Not only does it make you smell like a spring garden; but all proceeds go to the LUSH charity of your choice. Would it be too much to ask for two pots? I’d like to support 4 Paws for Ability as well as Reach for the Rainbow, s’il vous plait!

What purchases are you making to give back this holiday season?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Tumblr, Wishingfish, HSN, and LUSH for the pictures.

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Leah said...

Hi Erika! I bought the UNICEF Christmas cards this year and the proceeds will go the UNICEF fund.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. It's Christmas day now here in the Philippines. xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

This post, your letter, and your wishlist are all adorable! I hope you get everything your heart desires this holiday season, Erika!

Merry Christmas, darling!


Allegra said...

wish you merry merry christmas, honey!

Tom Bailey said...

I hope you get all of your holiday wishes and desires.

Kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

Rachel Scarlet said...

Merry Christmas Erika! God bless you. XOXO :)

Unknown said...

I bought a book for my mom for Christmas, and had the opportunity to spend an extra $3.00 to buy a children's book for a local elementary school. It's not much, but it was something.
Usually, my mom buys a cart full of groceries and gives it to the local food bank. This year she didn't have the time, and she was incredibly devastated.

I hope you get everything you wish for this year! Merry Christmas!

Emily said...

All of these things sound like the perfect way to give back! I gave back through labor at my local holiday coalition, rather than a purchase.

Merry Christmas Erika!!

S.Elisabeth said...

Aw such a sweet post =) I do love gifts that give back Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Adorable letter to Santa. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

molly said...

haha great post, you are such a giver! and hilarious as well
merry christmas, have a great holiday season :)

Unknown said...

Erika, Santa will surely be happy when he reads this. you are so sweet!

Merry Christmas!


alexkeller said...

hee hee! the ring is fantastic! and we made numerous donations!

Jen said...

This post warms my heart - I hope you get all you wish for!

Merry Christmas! :) xx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Such a darling letter and wonderful wish list!! I hope you get everything you want for Christmas. You truly deserve it. Merry Christmas!

Sherin said...

Such a great wishlist, Erika. Its always nice to give back. The DKNY T-shirt has made it onto my list as well.
Hope you have a great Christmas!!!

Toothfairy said...

Erika, Merry Christmas to you too!

and to be honest? no purchases. I always make donations for charity in januari, that's my way of "giving back".


www.janetteria.com said...

Wonderful Xmas, darling D!


www.janetteria.com said...

Wonderful Xmas, darling!


Jen Hsieh said...

this is so adorable (and i'm pretty sure the santa you saw must've been him). i'm definitely going to see if i can pick up one of those lush charity pots! :)

have an amazing christmas!!!

Jessica said...

that beggar purse is awesome! love it!

Mimi said...

This post is too cute! I love your idea of getting gifts that also give back. The tee and Lush product is awesome! Thank you so much for being such a great friend and leaving wonderful comments for me as I journeyed through my first 6 months of blogging. I hope to continue this for years to come. Happy Holidays!!

M said...

Oh wow, for a split second I actually thought that little purse was a squished coffee cup!

I had big plans for giving back, was going to stop by yesterday at Central Casting NY's food drive with some yummy stuff that I had bought for the homeless... and then I got booked for a job! I guess I will have to find another charity that will accept my donation!

Wishing you a really Merry Christmas with lots of heart-warming gifts, and some hot cocoa too while we're at it! ;)

Iva Messy said...

such a beautiful letter...with a great wish list!! Merry Christmas! ;)

Treacle said...

Oooh...that charity pot lotion looks fantastic! And thanks for the comment on my blog. Next February, you're getting a Valentine's Day Lingerie Shopping Guide! :-)

Leia said...

Absolutely lovely post, Erika! :)

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

These are lovely items, Erika! I love that proceeds from these items go to great causes. That is always amazing.
Plus, that purse is too cute!

I hope you have an absolutely amazing holiday. I'm sure Santa will bring you everything you're wanting this year! :)

Audrey Allure said...

i hope you have a wonderful christmas!

Hawa said...

hope your wish(list) is fulfilled....i love lush products!!

All Women Stalker said...

Santa probably got you in his "adorable kids who have accidentally seen me" list. Haha. Hope you got everything here. :)


Rica said...

I'm sure santa will read this! nice letter by the way.

hope you have a great holiday!



Little Bow Prep said...

Lovely post!

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