26 Beautiful Holiday Gifts That Give Back
If you’re looking to bring a mega-watt smile to the do-gooder in your life, you’ll want to check out our list of holiday gifts that spread good in the world.
Wine that supports American heroes
Here’s what happens when you drink a glass of wine a day—you feel good, among other benefits, and you’ll feel even better with Josh Cellars donating $1 dollar from each bottle purchased (up to $50,000) to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to veterans, first responders, wounded heroes, and U.S. service members deployed overseas. Even better, they’ll personalize your bottle for free which makes it one of the best holiday gift ideas for neighbors and friends, and bottles are mostly under $20. You can study our helpful guide to picking your wine type based on health needs before ordering too.
Jewelry that saves the ocean
The Jemma Sands Maldives collection features beaded wood bracelets with 14k gold vermeil-set faceted gemstones, and a portion of proceeds benefits the Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving beaches, waves, and oceans. They’re a perfect pairing with these beachy travel-friendly hairstyles too.
Cookies that boost the arts
Goodie Girl Cookies supports ArtStart, which brings art and music classes to shelters in NYC for at-risk children. Every purchase of Goodie Girl Cookies goes to support the organization, which will definitely leave a good taste in your mouth. Did we mention they’re gluten free as well?
Skincare that helps assault survivors
Not only does Robin McGraw Revelation save tired, dry skin from a dull appearance and untimely aging, but the brand actually helps save women from domestic violence and sexual assault. They’re currently donating 100 percent of net proceeds from their 3 Trial Size Skincare + From My Heart To Yours Candle Bundle to When Georgia Smiled, an organization aimed at offering domestic abuse survivors help and sexual assault prevention programs.
Warm feet for warm hearts
Sock lovers will love a pair (or more!) of Hollywood producer Cash Warren’s famous Pair of Thieves socks, and do-gooders will love that purchasing his socks means putting much-needed pairs onto the feet of homeless people. Fast-growing charity Knock Knock Give a Sock, or KKGS, is focused on finding ways to address the lack of basic resources among the homeless and is set to donate 250,000 pairs of socks to the country’s homeless by Thanksgiving Day.
Let there be (solar) light
The WakaWaka Power+ is a rugged, ultra-efficient solar lamp and charger designed to work for everyone. It provides up to 200 hours of bright LED light on a single charge from the sun, but if you’re more interested in charging your smartphone or camera, it can fully charge those by way of USB ports too. That’ll come in handy when you’re trying this amazing iPhone hack out on the go. When you buy a WakaWaka, you also donate a solar light to someone living in the dark, making this one of the most practical holiday gift ideas on our list.
Serum brings joy to hospitalized children
Inspired by Ole Henriksen’s passion for helping people, Ole Henriksen introduced a limited-edition Truth Serum in partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, whose mission is to bring joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families. For every Ole Henriksen luxury-size Truth Serum sold, the brand will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Starlight Brave Gowns Program, which replaces unattractive and uncomfortable hospital garments with high-quality, comfortable, brightly colored gowns.
This will help them sleep soundly
If the idea of being charitable doesn’t give them enough peace to sleep well at night, Rainbow Light Sleep Z-z-zen will help get the job done. Rainbow Light has also pledged 1 percent of all product sales to the Global Good program in the form of multivitamins for women and children in food-insecure regions around the world. We’re pretty sure this’ll work, but if you’re still in need of sleep assistance, you can try adding these essential oils for a good night’s rest.
A sip to preserve America’s prairies
A blend of whiskeys sourced from bourbon country, American Prairie Bourbon was created to honor one of the greatest land preservation projects of our time. The American Prairie Reserve in Montana is a 5,000 square mile land tract the size of Connecticut restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen, and it definitely is one of America’s most beautiful places to visit. High West donates 10 percent of after-tax profits from each bottle to the American Prairie Foundation.
Jewels to support human gems
Since we’re all precious souls, it’s exciting to know that Lulu Dharma, a fashionable jewelry line, is giving 5 percent of profits to breast cancer research and victims of human trafficking. Their gemstone bangle makes a beautiful holiday gift packed with thought. This is one of the gifts that give back that they’ll remember for years to come.
A pillow that stitches humanity together
For the lover of great design, color, and generosity, Meridian‘s Huipil Collection donates 20 percent of their collection’s proceeds to non-profit Mayan Families. Mayan Families works to empower impoverished, indigenous Guatemalans through sustainable community development programs and emergency aid.
Perk up their proactive behaviors
Nothing will fuel the hero in your life quite like a great cup of coffee, which is why Brooklyn Roasting Company’s coffee tins make such great gifts for the environmental activist on your list. They’re donating 10 percent of sales to climate change activism efforts through 350.org. This is all great news because apparently drinking coffee can also help prevent damage to your DNA.
Splash around in this happiness
For every pair of galoshes sold by Roma Boots they’ll actually donate another new pair (yes, a one-for-one model) to an impoverished child. To date, Roma has donated tens of thousands of boots to children across five continents, and the goal is to keep going.
Cool shades support gene studies
Look fabulous and feel good about giving back when buying a pair of Garrett Leight sunglasses at C by Karina. These glasses are a celeb fave (we’re not kidding—Leonardio DiCaprio has been spotted in them), and 10 percent of all Garrett Leight sales for men and women through the end of the year will go to benefit Gene Spotlight, Inc., a non-profit medical research and advocacy organization.
Leggings for life
The Crane & Lion MGH Cancer Center Tight isn’t just the super-comfy legging your yoga-loving best friend will go crazy for, but also a way to help donate much-needed funds to the one hundred initiative at Mass General Cancer Center. A full 100 percent of proceeds from sales of these pants will be donated back to the organization, which is a great excuse to break them out for these chair yoga poses.
Shedding light on depression
The Hope The Uplifting Fragrance Scented Candle donates 100 percent of its proceeds donated to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. With approximately 15 million Americans living with depression, it’s an important cause to champion. The candle features uplifting notes of jasmine, gardenia, and lily of the valley, and burns for up to 45 hours.
See nothing but generosity
For your glasses-wearing friends, eyebobs, a maker of whimsical reading glasses, is introducing a limited-edition frame, “Take A Stand,” to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Co-founded by Katie Couric in 2008, SU2C raises funds for collaborative cancer research that gets new treatments to the patients who need them quickly. For every purchase of “Take A Stand” frames, eyebobs will donate 20 percent to Stand Up To Cancer with a minimum contribution of $100K.
Diaper bags fund vaccinations
Charlotte+Asher makes style-conscious diaper bags and changing pads for busy, style-obsessed moms. With every bag sold, the company provides five vaccinations to children in need through [email protected]. Childhood vaccines save lives and also curb dangerous occurrences like measles outbreaks.
Underwear that speaks volumes
You probably wouldn’t expect a men’s underwear company to speak so loudly for men’s health charities, but that’s exactly what Pariah Underwear does. The company donates over 50 percent of their profits to support men’s health initiatives, as the founder is a testicular cancer survivor himself. Every package comes with a testicular self-exam card to encourage men to take ownership of their health with a disease that’s too infrequently discussed. Every pair is also made with a special fabric called CLEANCOOL that’s scientifically tested to eliminate various harmful germs and reduce the potential for odor, bacteriological or mildew attack, although we suspect it may filter out all those life-enhancing fart microbes.
Clean water from a pure heart
A d.stil straw top water bottle has an easy to use pop up straw lid, is made of BPA-free plastic, is leak-proof, and features a double thermal wall for drink insulation, but the best feature is that a portion of proceeds help benefit water.org, which is at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis.
There’s nothing more beautiful than supporting nature
The nature lover on your list is sure to go wild for Parks Project, a fashion brand that gives back to the great outdoors by funding various park projects in our national parks. Proceeds make their way back to around 30 organizations and conservancies that support our national parks, and even the most style-conscious person on your list will love their vintage-looking tees. While you’re at it, these nearly-secret national parks need to hit your travel list.
Help them write in a positive new year
Notebooks are having a major surge in popularity, and Public Supply, an American-based company specializing in writing essentials, gives 25 percent of its profits from every sale to support a teacher in a high-need classroom. Better yet, all the products are made in America. These notebook sets will keep the writer, pun-crafter, and poet on your list happy all year long.
This is the sweetest stocking stuffer
Nothing says sweet quite like a chocolate bar, and these Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Bars make perfect stocking stuffers that have a real impact. Proceeds from Newman’s Own products go to Newman’s Own Foundation, which supports nutrition for underserved communities, children with life-limiting conditions, veterans, and encouraging philanthropy. But who really needs an excuse to eat chocolate when science says dark chocolate is heart-healthy?
Your gut will tell you this is right
We all know by now that probiotics have loads of health benefits, but unless the person on your list has time to eat probiotic-filled foods all day, they’ll probably love a great probiotic supplement in their stocking. Purchasing a bottle of Previnex Probiotics helps support the company’s Get Health, Give Health program. For every order, Previnex sends a bottle of Super Vites children’s chewable multivitamins to the most at-risk, in-need children around the world through a partnership with the Children’s Hunger Fund.
A rainbow of acceptance
Artisan Chocolate Twist recently unveiled its Luscious Gooey Brownie Treat LGBT Bar in support of their friends at Youth Outlook This to-swoon-for-bar contains a layer of epic sea salt caramel, topped with gooey brownie, and dipped in dark chocolate. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the LGBT will be donated to Youth Outlook, the first social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth. Youth Outlook works in six counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.
Bamboo TP that helps build toilets
Caring for your bottom line and being kind to mother nature just joined forces in Who Gives a Crap, new holiday toilet paper designs created by renowned artists using 100 percent bamboo and zero inks, dyes or scents. Who Gives a Crap donates 50 percent of all sales to help build toilets in developing countries. (Fun fact: More people in the world own mobile phones than toilets!)
And in case your wallet is light this season, you can always give the gift of your time—check out these creative ways to volunteer.