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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Illusion Photograph Smartphone Have a Heart Case
Your phone is the one accessory that’s always with you, so show off a cool case that’s more than just pretty—$5 from each purchase goes to Living Heart Peru, a charity bringing medicine, school supplies, and sustainable agriculture to remote villages in the Andes Mountains, where the poverty rate is over 55 percent and the children suffer from malnutrition. Have a Heart phone cases from Illusion Photograph are made from environmentally friendly materials and include RFID protection. Choose from a wide range of patterns, including many directly inspired by the artwork created by the villages’ children. These are 41 of the coolest tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
Axol and Friends Java The Pangolin
What’s better than a socially conscious startup that products plush toys from eco-friendly materials in the image of rare endangered species? One that uses a portion of every sale to fund nonprofit programs where they empower youth to be activists and community leaders across the globe! Oh, and they also donate plushies to children in need, through local partnerships with foster homes and hospitals. That’s right, Axol & Friends is on a mission to raise awareness of endangered species and create the next generation of environmental conservationists. Find out the most popular toy the year you were born.
Adventurist Backpack Co. Adventurist Classic
Looking for the best gifts for the jetsetter in your life? Look no further than a high-quality, minimalist backpack from Adventurist Backpack Co. For every backpack sold, the company provides 25 meals to families in need across the United States by partnering with Feeding America. The bag fits perfectly under the seat of an airplane, and it’s completely weather-resistant. Padding will protect your electronics and up to a 15-inch laptop. Since its launch two years ago, the company has been able to provide over 100,000 meals to families in need across the country.
Frankie Cameron Backpack Diaper Bag
When Frankie Thieriot Stutes had her first child in 2015, she quickly discovered her need for a functional and fashionable diaper bag. So, she handcrafted a western-inspired bag from authentic cowhide and genuine leather (limiting waste by using the entire hide) and a business was born. Each bag features a removable liner that can be tossed in the wash should they become the victim of a sippy cup spill. Thirty percent of the sale of each bag is donated to Project Night Night, a nonprofit organization that equips children ages 0 to 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with Night Night Packages so they will be ready to learn, feel less stressed, and be reminded of their value. You’ll also want to check out these 31 gifts for mom she’ll actually love.
World Vision Opportunity Collection Coasters
Hand-carved coasters protect surfaces from damage, and also the artisan’s ability to make a living wage. The tax-deductible donation of $75 for these rustic mango wood and enamel coasters will help World Vision—a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities—tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. You’ll also want to check out this gift guide for women who are impossible to shop for.
Spice Madman Subscription
It might be beyond your budget to give the gift of travel, but you can give someone on your list a global culinary tour right in their very own home. The spice subscription box Spice Madam introduces customers to flavors from around the world and encourages home-cooking and healthy eating. Each monthly box is a culinary adventure delivered right to their doorstep, featuring a specific destination, complete with spices, recipes, a shopping list, fun facts, travel tips, and a Spotify music playlist. Giving back to the community is one of the brand’s core values, so a portion of the proceeds from each box are donated to Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility that provides a 12-month paid post-release internship program to young men and women coming out of juvenile facilities. The social and life skills they learn here will help them achieve their full potential and prepare them for employment opportunities. If you like the idea of gifting a monthly present, check out the best subscription boxes for everyone on your list.
Lazy Turtle Sun Safe Rashguard
Got a beach-lover on your list? Eco-warrior Megan Elwell hatched Lazy Turtle after her oldest daughter discovered a sea turtle nest on the beach, and it sparked a teachable moment about conservation and the environment. Now, their family is dedicated to doing everything they can to #saveourshells and created a line of sun-safe beachwear (SPF 50) for active teens, millennials, and moms that is made in the USA—all while giving back 10 percent of their profits to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest and most respected sea turtle conservation group. Just for fun, see if you can find the turtle hidden in these lily pads.
Ethique Eco-Friendly Body Sampler
Most people have a collection of haircare and skincare products at home—the problem is, what’s left behind is a collection of plastic bottles that are ruining our planet (check out these 50 facts that will make you stop using plastic). Instead, switch to bars from Ethique. The concentrated face, hair and body products last two to five times longer than their traditional bottled counterparts. Even the sleeves they arrive in are 100 percent compostable. Plus, the brand gives 20 percent of its profits to conservation, animal welfare, and environmental groups each year.
Jemma Sands Maldives Bracelet
A girl can never have too many bracelets, which is why the Jemma Sands Maldives collection, which features beaded wood bracelets with 14k gold vermeil-set faceted gemstones, is sure to touch the lucky recipient. But the best part? A portion of proceeds benefits the Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving beaches, waves, and oceans. Don’t miss these 101 gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
Goodie Girl Cookies
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? Looking for gifts with more of a local flavor? These are the best gifts to give from every state.