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It's the time of year where we spend tons of money on presents. Why not also put some of that money toward a good cause?

We've rounded up few easy ways for you shop for the holidays while also giving back to charity. It's a win-win.

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(RED)

Looking to buy a cool gift that also gives back? Consider shopping the (RED) products -- a portion of each sale is donated to The Global Fund, which fights HIV, AIDS and other diseases in Africa.

(RED) products include Apple iPad cases and covers, Beats headphones, Mophie juice pack smartphone charging cases, T-shirts and Moleskine notebooks. Most products are in a bright, special-edition red color, which makes them stand out.

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Android Pay

From now through December 31, 2015, for every purchase you make using Android Pay, Google will donate $1, up to $1 million total, to special-needs education projects all across the US through DonorsChoose.org. On Black Friday, Google will donate double that for every purchase made.

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AmazonSmile

Chances are you might do some holiday shopping on Amazon this year. If you do, use AmazonSmile, a program that donates money to a charity of your choice every time you buy something from the online retailer.

All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com and pick from a list of nearly one million charities, ranging from big names like the American Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund to local organizations. Then go to that web address each time you shop and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the total sale (minus taxes, rebates, shipping and other fees) from eligible purchases. The 0.5 percent donation might not seem like a lot, but it can add up over time, especially if lots of shoppers use Smile.

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LSTN

If you're shopping for a pair of headphones this year, check out LSTN. The company makes headphones, earbuds and speakers with beautiful wood finishes.

The best part is that the proceeds from each purchase help LSTN and the Starkey Hearing Foundation give hearing aids to people in need all around the world. The company has helped more than 20,000 people hear again all around the world.

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GoodShop

Get discounts and donate to charity while you shop for anything online with Goodshop. The site uses affiliate links for big name stores like Gap, Amazon, Apple and Walmart and then donates money to a charity of your choice whenever you make a sale. You can pick from plenty of big names, like the American Cancer Society, the Wounded Warrior Project and the ASPCA.

You can also browse coupon codes and other deals to save money while you shop. Think of it as RetailMeNot, but with a charitable bend.

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eBay for Charity

When you shop on eBay, you can donate to charity at the same time.

Sellers can elect to donate a portion (between 10 and 100 percent) of a listing's selling price, plus fees to a charity they pick. You can find charitable listing by selecting the eBay for Charity search filter and looking for listings with a blue and yellow ribbon next to the title.

Another option is to go charity.ebay.com and select one or more charities you want to support. Then check out the listings that appear for the organization you picked.

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Charity Navigator

A donation to charity makes a great holiday gift for the person who has everything, doesn't want material goods or is into philanthropy. Check out the charity you want to support first by going to Charity Navigator.

The organization gives a full rundown on a charity's financial performance, accountability and transparency about where its funds go.

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Give Well

Another great resource for vetting charities before you donate is Give Well.

The site researches, rates and recommends charities that are making a difference and genuinely need support. Check out its 2015 recommendations and tips for gifting to charity before you reach for your wallet.

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