30 Beautiful Holiday Gifts That Give Back
If you’re looking to bring a mega-watt smile to the do-gooder in your life, peruse this list of holiday gifts that spread good in the world.
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Shop with a purpose
When you’re out shopping anyway, why not buy something that gives back to a reputable charity? Your recipient will get a gift they love and you’ll both appreciate knowing that the purchase is making the world a little better. Here are more powerful ways to give back to charity without breaking the bank.
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Anna in Bhutan scarf
Who doesn’t want to be wrapped in a luxury scarf this holiday season? Anna in Bhutan offers a collection of scarves handmade in Bhutan (a carbon-negative country sandwiched between Tibet and India that’s home to the tallest mountain that’s never been climbed) that are environmentally conscious and promote women’s work. The scarves are dyed in a traditional method with vegetables or plant-based extracts. At the end of the weaving process, each scarf receives a blessing by a high-ranked monk in a Buddhist temple, which is said to provide the owner harmony and prosperity. In an effort to work toward global reforestation, the brand is working with One Tree Planted—for each scarf purchased, Anna in Bhutan plants one tree.
Little Words Project Be Happy bracelet
Starting at $20
Do you know someone who would love to flaunt the same fashionable handcrafted bracelets as Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys? Little Words Project’s bracelets come with a special message—such as “Be Happy,” “GRL PWR” and “Humble & Kind”—meant to provide its wearer with comfort and act as a constant reminder to believe in the little things. For every bracelet sold, the brand donates $1 to The Block Organization, which builds communities of kind and self-confident female leaders across college campuses. The bracelets would also be a good idea for self-care gifts for any friend in need of pampering.
Kiehl’s Merry Masking
This set of three masks addresses their every skincare concern—there’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask for clogged pores, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque for dry skin, and Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask for a more youthful appearance. Not only will the recipient get glowing skin, but the purchase also provides a whopping 449 meals to hungry children via Feeding America.
Out of Print T-Shirt
She can “Fight Evil, Read Books” in this stylish t-shirt from Out of Print’s collaboration with Pantheon Books. A portion of the purchase price goes to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. Don’t miss the top gifts for book lovers.
Uncommon Good Socks
Socks make a great stocking stuffer or white elephant gift. Any music lover will get in the melody with this pair that features adorable acoustic guitars. For every purchase made, Uncommon Goods donates $1 to your choice of one of four charities.
Sleepyhead Gel Mattress Toppers
Starting at $95
You and your recipient will both sleep well thanks to a purchase of Sleepyhead mattress toppers—for every ten purchases, the brand donates a bed to someone in need. The copper topper is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, mite and bed bug resistant, odor-eliminating, and help promote spinal alignment. The gel topper is perfect for anyone who sleeps hot, as it helps keep you cool and provides pressure relief. Like the idea of giving the gift of sleep? These are 21 sleep products on Amazon that people can’t stop buying.
R. Riveter Williams Special Edition Riverside Canvas + Brown Leather Tote
A new handbag is sure to make any woman smile—especially one that gives back to military families. Two military spouses founded R.Riveter (a nod to Rosie the Riveter from WWII), a line of handbags on a mission to help other military spouses generate additional income. It’s especially tough for military spouses to find work, due to the transient lifestyle of constantly moving and re-establishing their families and careers in a new community. The brand not only employs military spouses by providing mobile, flexible income to them, but also gives back one-third of every dollar spent at the company to military families. These gifts also support veterans.
Havly Classic Towel
There’s nothing worse than towels that keep slipping off the rack and falling onto a soggy bathroom floor, which is why someone has finally created a better design. Havly towels feature a handy D-loop for easy hanging and drying—the loop comes in five colors, which means you’ll never have to wonder if you’re using your towel or your spouse’s again. They are also super absorbent and hold up well in the wash. For every towel sold, Havly will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org to fund Autism-related projects. These 10 tricks will help extend the life of any bath towel.
Jane Iredale Limited Edition Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain
Any makeup product that does double duty—such as Jane Iredale’s special edition Just Kissed lip and cheek stain in Forever Pin—is a time- and money-saver. And the fact that 100 percent of the profits from its sales will help support Look Good Feel Better, a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment, is the cherry on top. Don’t miss these 42 crave-worthy gifts for the beauty lover in your life.