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12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Childhood Cancer Research

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  • From experiences to stocking stuffers and some luxury items in-between, ALSF has the best holiday gifts that will delight everyone on your list and benefit childhood cancer research.
  • Kids will love the KiwiCo Lemonade Stand Crate.
  • Our signature cookbook, Alex's Table, makes the perfect hostess gift.
  • Warm up your loved ones with the Love Your Melon beanie.
  • Stuff your stockings with crazy socks!
  • This Alex + Ani bangle is perfect for the jewelry lovers on your list.
  • Give the gift of tickets to our fanciest event of the year--The Lemon Ball!

by Trish Adkins

We are in the holiday season and everyone always has that one person who is impossible to buy for! Don’t stress, because we’ve got you covered with the official Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) 2018 Gift Guide!

From experiences to stocking stuffers and some luxury items in-between, ALSF has the best holiday gifts that will delight everyone on your list and benefit childhood cancer research. Here’s our 12 favorite things to give this holiday season:

1. Stuff your stockings!
Whether you are stuffing stockings, filling gift baskets or looking for a little sweet-something for a loved one, Alex’s Shop has what you need. We love our Crazy Socks ($15), Hero, the ALSF Puppy ($12) and our ALSF pencils ($8/25, a great classroom gift!) for warming hearts and filling stockings! Head to Alex’s Shop to purchase these items and grab some other ALSF swag!

2. For the host or hostess with the mostest! 
Hosting friends and family this holiday season? Well, don’t skip the drinks! Our partner, Florida’s Natural, donates 100% of the profits from your purchase directly to ALSF. Their seven varieties of lemonade make the perfect drink mixer for party punch or holiday martinis! 

3. Dance the night away!
Be your loved one’s fairy godmother (or godfather!) and snag some tickets to The Lemon Ball! Held in downtown Philadelphia, The Lemon Ball is our fanciest event of the year. Be inspired all night long, while enjoying signature cocktails and fine food. Wrap your tickets with our “Slice of Hope” necklace from Alex’s Shop to make sure they have something to wear to the ball. 

4. Don’t arrive empty-handed
Are you the one visiting over the holidays? Well, gift your host with Alex’s Table—our signature cookbook. Packed with recipes from celebrity chefs, hero families, Hollywood celebrities and sports stars, Alex’s Table is the perfect gift for the food lovers in your life. The recipes and stories throughout the book are inspiring and remind us that our founder Alex invited everyone to the table to fight childhood cancer. Grab your copy in Alex’s Shop!

5. Race to warmer weather!
Have a runner on your list? Surprise them with a trip and a race bib! ALSF has charity bibs for a variety of races in warm destinations like Disney World in Florida, as well as races in Texas and Hawaii. Grab your bib by committing to fundraise for childhood cancer research. A list of available races is here.

If running isn’t your thing, sign up for the Lemon Climb in sunny Houston, Texas. Held on March 30, 2019 (perfect time for Spring Break!), the Lemon Climb challenges participants to race up 35 or 75 flights of stairs! Get the details here

6. For the jewelry lover!
ALSF’s partner, Alex + Ani, introduced their all-new When Life Gives You Lemons expandable necklace and bangle this year. Available in silver and gold, the necklace and bangle are the perfect gifts for the jewelry lovers on your list. Alex + Ani will donate 20-percent of the purchase price back to ALSF—which is a beautiful thing! 

7. Give the gift of research, one cup at a time!

For the person who truly has everything, give the gift of hope! Sign up for the One Cup At A Time Club, ALSF’s monthly giving club and receive a signature insulated cup perfect for your coffee (and lemonade)! If you sign up using this link, your donation will directly benefit the ALSF Travel For Care program which helps kids get to treatment that may be far away from home. 

Or, give the gift of research hours! With donation options to fit every budget (from $25 for 30 minutes to $800 for 2 days of research), you can sponsor cutting-edge childhood cancer research on behalf of a friend or family member. Plus, ALSF will send them a handwritten acknowledgment card and you can rest easy with the knowledge that your 30 minutes of research could be the 30 minutes that leads to a breakthrough. Head to Alex’s Shop to purchase! 

8. Because it is cold outside!
We love the ALSF signature beanie from Love Your Melon. Knitted in a neutral blue, the beanie is the perfect gift for all ages and is adorned with a special ALSF/Love Your Melon label. Love Your Melon will donate $10 from each beanie sold to the ALSF grants program! 

9. For the kids!
Help make a difference with this deluxe crate and book set from KiwiCo! For every Lemonade Stand crate sold, 25% of sales will be donated to ALSF to support the fight against pediatric cancer. The kit includes a DIY chalkboard shop sign, lemon chalkboard eraser craft, cash register with a working calculator and a copy of Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand

10. Send some lemonade cheer!
Skip baking and order some lemonade cookie gift packages from Cheryl’s Cookies! Cheryl’s offers six decadent, lemonade-buttercream-covered cookie gifts—perfect for loved ones near and far! And the best part: Cheryl’s Cookies will donate 15% of the net proceeds from their lemonade-cookie-themed products to ALSF!

11. Shop Amazon Smile!
If nothing else on this list works for you, you know you can find that perfect item on Amazon! During the holiday season and all year long, your Amazon shopping can also benefit ALSF. When you shop at and select Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation as your charitable organization, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of your eligible purchase price to us. 

12. Car rentals for your holiday travels
Traveling this season? Well, rent your car from Budget! You can save up to 25-percent and Budget is donating 5-percent back to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! 

Happy Holidays!