Why Cost Plus World Market is the place to find unique holiday gifts this season

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Using business for good is a trend we can get behind, which is why we're particularly tickled to see one of our favorite home goods retailers, Cost Plus World Market, teaming up with premium blanket maker Sackcloth & Ashes.

These are gorgeous, beautifully designed blankets made from a wool blend and recycled materials in Italy and the United States. And the care in design carries through to their construction, too. They're deliciously soft and warm, perfect for nestling under in cold weather or draping across a bed, couch, or chair for a splash of color and toastiness on demand.

Even better, for every blanket you purchase, a blanket is donated to a homeless shelter.

We're partial to the subtle blues and tans in the Arrow Beige Blanket ($99.99; worldmarket.com) and the stunning Southwest daybreak hues in the Tribal Sunrise Blanket ($99.99; worldmarket.com). Not doing it for you? Check out the rest of the options here.

That's not the only collaboration Cost Plus World Market is championing this holiday season, either. From November 19 to December 8, it's joining with Universal Music Group for the "Star Maker Song Contest." How's it work? Contestants enter online by submitting a video of themselves singing the holiday classic "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," or they can submit their entries in person via one of Cost Plus World Market's in-store singing kiosks.

The winning entry will be chosen by singer-songwriter Jessie J. The winner receives a professional recording session with a top music producer in Hollywood, along with a special run of 7-inch vinyl of their recording. The prize also includes a trip for two to Los Angeles, with all accommodations covered, plus a $1,000 World Market gift card.

In all that holiday cheer, don't forget the other goods you can buy at Cost Plus World Market, including its huge selection of home goods, like furniture, lighting, bed and bath products, and plenty of other (non-winter-holiday) gift ideas, too.

The Rewards Program is generous as well, with a 15% coupon right off the bat when you enroll. From there you'll get a $10 coupon for every 200 points earned (1 point = $1 spent).

It all adds up to a persuasive case for checking out Cost Plus World Market this holiday season -- or any time you're looking to score some deals on home goods and gifts.