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.
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.
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.
Rainbow Light Men’s One Multivitamin
Do you know the etiquette rules for gift giving this holiday season? One of them is to never arrive empty-handed. So, give the gift of health with Rainbow Light Men’s One Multivitamin—the brand has 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. Since 1994, the organization has donated over 69 million prenatal tablets worldwide.
High West Whiskey American Bourbon Prairie Borbon
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 area of land restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen, and it definitely is one of America’s most beautiful places to visit. They are working toward becoming the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states and High West donates 10 percent of after-tax profits from each bottle.
Meridian Huipil Pillow VIII
Sometimes, all an old couch needs are new pillows. For the lover of great design, color, and generosity, Meridian’s Huipil Collection donates 20 percent of its proceeds to the non-profit organization Mayan Families. Mayan Families works to empower impoverished, indigenous Guatemalans through sustainable community development programs and emergency aid. Make sure you know these 10 tips for finding unique gifts for your significant other.
Roma Boots Emma Rain Boots
Starting at $53.07
Rain usually means dreary skies—but the myriad bright colors and patterns of Roma Boots will make your recipient wish for a downpour. Plus, for every pair of galoshes sold by Roma, a donation of a brand-new pair (yes, a one-for-one model) goes to an impoverished child. To date, Roma has donated boots to children in 26 countries, across six continents. Here’s the real reason rain smells so good.
Crane & Lion MGH Cancer Center Tight
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 the Mass General Cancer Center. A full 100 percent of proceeds from sales of these tights will be donated back to the organization. Don’t miss the 15 best ways to save money on your holiday shopping.
Pariah Underwear not only supports men, er, down there, but also supports them when it comes to the health of that area. Since the company’s founder is a testicular cancer survivor himself, the company donates over 50 percent of its profits to support men’s health initiatives, which is distributed through Th!nk Different Foundation. Every, uh, 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. These are 25 other gifts for husbands to add to your list.
National Geographic x Parks Project Legacy Hoodie
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 projects in our national parks. Proceeds make their way back to around 50 non-profit groups protecting parks and public lands in the United States and Canada that support our national parks. Trust us, even the most style-conscious person on your list will love their vintage-looking tees. Speaking of nature, here are the 50 best gifts to buy for the animal lovers in your family.
Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Bars (12 pack)
It’s no surprise that chocolate is one of 22 all-American holiday gifts for everyone on your list. 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 four different focus areas: nutrition for underserved communities, children with life-limiting conditions, veterans, and encouraging philanthropy.
We all know that probiotics have loads of health benefits, but unless the person on your list has time to eat foods full of probiotics 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.
MyTagAlongs Because I am a Girl Water Bottle
From backpacks and lunch totes to laptop sleeves and water bottles, the Because I am a Girl collection from MyTagAlongs offers a little something for everyone. It also helps support youth-led movements for girls’ rights and gender equality, since 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Plan International—this humanitarian organization works in 71 countries across the world to advance children’s rights. The signature pattern found in this collection may look abstract from afar, but a closer look reveals a collective of women to represent true solidarity. These 10 smart water bottles are worth the money.
Who Gives a Crap Bamboo Toilet Paper (48 rolls)
Be kind to mother nature and to your bum with Who Gives a Crap, bamboo toilet paper that uses zero inks, dyes or scents. Who Gives a Crap donates 50 percent of its profits 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 50 random acts of kindness that don’t cost a cent!
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