40 Beautiful Holiday Gifts That Give Back
If you're looking to bring a megawatt 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
Before you finalize your holiday gift list this season, ask yourself, “Is there a different way for me to shop this year? A more responsible, sustainable, and heartwarming way to spread joy this season?” The answer is a resounding yes!
Why not carefully select special gifts that give back to a reputable charity or cause? It’s a win-win everyone can feel good about: Your recipient will get a unique gift they love, and you’ll both appreciate knowing that the purchase is doing its small part to make the world a better place. Aside from considering these gifts, here are some other powerful ways to give to charity without breaking the bank.
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For the yogi: Best Friends Animal Society Yoga Mat
Does your dog do a better downward dog pose than you? Keep practicing your form with this adorable yoga mat from Best Friends, a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in shelters by 2025. It’s textured on both sides to reduce slipping, and 100 percent of the proceeds help save the lives of homeless pets. If someone on your list is pet-obsessed, you won’t want to miss these great gifts for dog lovers.
For the insomniac: Crystal Hills Crystal Dreams Collection
Give the gift of sleep with the Crystal Dreams Collection. Energy from an amethyst angel, lepidolite, lithium quartz, and clear quartz work together to calm the mind—simply put them under your pillow and let them work their magic. All Crystal Hills crystals are sourced from mines with sound ethical and environmental practices, and 8 percent of the profits help support a variety of charities. If you like this idea, check out these other sleep products that Amazon shoppers can’t stop buying.
For the jewelry lover: Lotte 321 Paper Clip Chain
A beautiful and dainty necklace is just what she wants this holiday season, and this gold-plated Paper Clip Chain from Lotte 321 is an affordable option that supports a great cause. The founder’s niece (Charlotte) has Down Syndrome (3 copies of the 21st chromosome = 321), and 15 percent of all profits are donated to charities supporting individuals with special needs. Here are more gifts for her under $50.
For tablet fans: Sketchboard Pro for iPad
If you’re an avid iPad user—whether you’re learning calligraphy, sketching nature, or just playing games and watching videos—the Sketchboard Pro is about to make your life easier. This award-winning iPad stand—it won Best iPad Accessory 2020 from Business Insider—creates a comfortable, traditional workspace with a flat drawing surface anywhere you happen to be. And thanks to the company’s partnership with Ecologi, theyplant a tree for every Sketchboard Pro sold.
For the chocolate lover: GlobeIn Warmth Box
Ready to support artisans and their communities around the world, and also score some truly delightful hand-made products? That’s what we thought. There are dozens of unique artisan boxes to choose from on GlobeIn.com, but we’re loving the Warmth Box—with a royal mug from Morocco, spicy hot cocoa mix from Paraguay, an Oaxacan wooden milk frother from Mexico, and a snuggly animal pillow from Kenya.
For the world-class tea drinker: Chariteas
Wouldn’t it be lovely to Summer in Provence, dance in an Indonesian Rainstorm, or enjoy Christmas Morning every morning? These are just three tempting flavors of Chariteas, a company committed to sourcing the world’s finest-quality tea. The brand works with sustainable tea farmers, and part of each purchase goes toward replanting trees. This is a perfect choice if you’re on a budget, along with these 100 stocking stuffers under $10.
For the knickknack collector: Noonday Collection Feliz Ring Bowl
Rings, paper clips, beads—there’s no shortage of little things that people enjoy collecting. The Feliz Ring Bowl from Noonday Collection is crafted by artists in Guatemala, many of whom are women and are now able to become breadwinners for their families. Do you tend to procrastinate when it comes to holiday shopping? These 45 last-minute Christmas gifts actually offer free holiday shipping.
For the coffee connoisseur: Grounds & Hounds Rescue Roast
Help your lucky recipient start off the day with one of the tastiest gifts that give back: Rescue Roast, a 100 percent arabica medium roast that contains notes of caramel, dark chocolate, red currant, and toasted pecan in every sip. The brand donates 100 percent of the profits to a new pet rescue organization every month. Food gifts are always a surefire hit—and we’ve got a whole list of them for you to choose from.
For luxe loungers: Women’s Solstice Organic Romper
Comfort never looked as on trend as the Solstice Organic Romper from Coyuchi, but this lounging outfit isn’t just super soft and flattering for a range of body types. It’s also made in a Fair Trade certified factory that recycles 98 percent of its wastewater and has begun recycling its own items to produce new ones, making Coyuchi the first home brand to enter the circular economy. What’s more, the company has also invested $50,000 in White Buffalo Land Trust, which supports “regenerative agriculture,” a fancy term that ultimately means improving the environment and strengthening communities.
For the sweet and salty snacker: Harry & David Moose Munch Popcorn Holiday Tin
Dark chocolate peppermint bark, dark chocolate salted caramel, dark chocolate churro, and milk chocolate holiday with candy trees—are you salivating yet? While this decorative tin is sure to bring festive feelings to the lucky recipient (perhaps as a gift for the grandparents in your life?), it will also bring a smile to the face of a hungry child. Harry & David has teamed up with No Kid Hungry for a special Season of Sharing collection and will donate 20 percent of the net proceeds from each gift purchased through December 24 (with a minimum commitment of $50,000).
For the one who loves little luxuries: Lush Décor Emma Faux Fur Decorative Pillow Cover
You know what your friend’s couch desperately needs? A double-sided faux fur decorative pillow cover! This adorable option from Lush Décor is a great choice not only because it doesn’t harm animals but also because its purchase also helps support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Here are 50 under-$50 finds at Target that only look expensive.
For java lovers on the go: Corksicle Travel Mug
There’s so much to love about this triple-insulated 16-ounce stainless steel mug from Corksicle: It keeps hot bevvies toasty for up to three hours, has a non-slip bottom and a clear, sliding, non-spill lid—and comes in 10 pop colors and prints, including a crave-worthy Tiffany turquoise. Perhaps best of all, 5% of all online sales support Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
For the friend who needs some pampering: Soapbox Bath Bomb Kit
Bath time equals self-care time, and bath bombs are a great way to pretend you’re melting away your stress at a high-end spa. Each of these luxurious and thoughtfully crafted bath bombs from Soapbox blooms a relaxing aroma while you soak and unwind in the tub. With each purchase, the company donates a bar of soap to someone in need; more than 10 million bars of soap will be donated in 2020 alone. Don’t overlook these additional self-care gifts.
For the hat fan: Robot Bunnies Happy & Clouds Hat
Protect yourself from the sun’s intense rays with a classic bucket hat…but not just any bucket hat. This one from Robot Bunnies features two awesome and colorful patterns in its reversible design and is even machine washable. Plus, this do-gooder brand gives blankets to foster children through AZ Helping Hands. Another way to find just the right thing? By looking to the stars—and our ultimate gift guide for every zodiac sign.
For anyone who craves glowing skin: Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Remember how big and clunky humidifiers used to be? Not anymore! The Hey Dewy Humidifier is portable, thanks to its small size and USB power cord. If you aren’t familiar, a humidifier helps hydrate your skin and clear sinuses, two things that are even more important in the winter. And 10 percent of sales go to the Water Project, a charity that provides access to clean, safe, and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa. Pair this handy little machine with some skin-care products and you’ll have the ultimate best friend gift.
For the health-conscious: Goli Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy
Don’t love chugging a shot of apple cider vinegar, despite its many health benefits? No worries, because Goli Nutrition provides all that goodness (better digestion, immune system, and heart health) in a yummy gummy that’s also infused with pomegranate, beetroots, citrus, and B vitamins. For every purchase, Goli will make a one-for-one vitamin grant to provide a child in need with a six-month supply of vitamins through Vitamin Angels.
For the well-tressed: Crave Naturals The O.G. Glide Thru Detangler
Brushing your hair has never been so effortless, thanks to the O.G. glide-through detangler. Its easy-to-hold handle makes quick work of brushing wet or dry hair (including distributing a hair mask in the shower), and kids will love how gentle it is. The brand donates a portion of its net profits to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit that provides hair replacement pieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia, or burns. Here are more unique gifts for her that she won’t know how she ever lived without.
For the one who’s always cold: Love Your Melon Beanie
Beanies not only keep your head warm—they are also a must-have fashion accessory in the winter months. Love Your Melon is a mission-driven lifestyle brand that gives 50 percent of its net profit to nonprofit organizations paving the way in groundbreaking research, therapeutic experiences, and family support for children and families battling cancer. Since its inception in 2012, Love Your Melon has given $7.28 million and more than 206,000 beanies to children battling cancer. They have styles for men, women, and children, including a Marvel line and a Toy Story line.
For the cat lover: Remembering Wildlife Remembering Cheetahs
Did you know there are only around 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild? Remembering Wildlife brings together the world’s top wildlife photographers to create a series of fundraising picture books that raise awareness about the plight facing wildlife. All profits of these gifts go to the species featured in the corresponding book (there are also books for elephants, rhinos, apes, and lions). So far, more than 150 photographers have contributed to these books and raised more than $800,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia. If you’re looking for additional inspiration, check out these purrfect gifts for cat lovers.
For the one who wants to make a statement: Autism Speaks “Choose Kind” Face Mask
Everyone needs masks these days, so why not choose a mask that helps raise awareness and demonstrate support? The Autism Speaks “Choose Kind” fabric face mask displays a spectrum of colors, has adjustable ear loops, and is made from five layers of a cotton and polyester blend. Each purchase supports the organization’s mission of promoting solutions for people with autism and their families. If your budget allows, add a few of these best cold weather face masks to your gift box.
For anyone with a green thumb: Abroad Modern Twist Hanging Planter
Give the gardener in your life a traditional terra cotta hanging planter—there’s a choice of three shapes, all supported by a sturdy, twisted cord hanger—handmade in India. Abroad Modern helps to support female entrepreneurs in the United States and internationally by offering 25 percent of each sale to the Giving Joy micro-grant program. Plus, the gifts, sourced directly from artisans and tradesmen in Africa and India, create economic opportunities for marginalized communities. If your recipient has a brown thumb but still loves greenery, pair this gift with one of these houseplants anyone can grow. (Really, anyone.)
For the adventurer: High West X Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket
The High West Distillery has partnered with Coalatree, a Utah-based, eco-minded outdoor gear and apparel company, to create a blanket made of 100 percent recycled materials. It’s perfect for everything from picnics in the park to road trips near and far, and a whopping $30 from each blanket sale is donated to support American Prairie Reserve, an organization working to create the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states.
For the eco-conscious fashionista: Noble Sands The Strand Wrap
Is it a cover-up? A dress? A skirt? A top? Or an accessory? Yes! The Strand Wrap by Noble Sands—an eco-conscious resort-wear brand in California—is a versatile garment that can be worn at least 15 different ways while flattering any body shape. The recycled fabric is machine washable, durable, and folds up into a small piece of fabric for easy traveling. The founder experienced an acute heart attack in January 2020 and now dedicates 5 percent of her profits to women’s heart health research. For a very different kind of clothing gift, check out the best ugly Christmas sweaters you can buy.
For the comfort craver: Sweave Bedding
How does slumbering on the finest eucalyptus and Egyptian fibers sound? Amazing, right? No, this combination isn’t reserved for royalty—the Eucalyptus Core Bed Sheet set is available to the masses from Sweave and produced in environmentally friendly facilities. The brand doesn’t use any harmful chemicals and also plants a tree for every product purchased. You might want to nab a set of these for yourself, too, and learn these 10 tricks to make your bed 10 times cozier.
For the fragrance lover: Lake & Skye 11 11 Rollerball Fragrance Oil
Inspired by numerology and the practice of kundalini yoga, Lake & Skye’s 11 11 line is designed to enhance and elevate the everyday beauty routine. The brand’s entire lineup of products is unisex, vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or palm oil. For every order placed through its website, Lake & Skye plants one tree through One Tree Planted. Even the packaging is sustainably sourced.
For warm hands and hearts: 66ºNorth Vik Polartec Power Stretch Gloves
Hold hands all winter long with these Polartec Power Stretch fleece gloves. Perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, they are made from leftover fabric from the production of the brand’s larger items. From November 27 through December 30, 66ºNorth will be donating 25 percent of all online sales to the protection of glaciers in Iceland, helping to restore the wetlands and prevent C02 emissions.
For the bookworm: Out of Print T-shirt
She can fight evil while reading 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. Anyone who loves reading will also appreciate these beautiful coffee table books.
For the music lover: Uncommon Goods Guitar Socks
Socks make a great stocking stuffer or white elephant gift. Any music lover will get in the melody with this pair that features acoustic guitars. For every purchase made, Uncommon Goods donates $1 to your choice of one of four charities—American Forests, the International Rescue Committee, RAINN, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Since they started the Better to Give program, they’ve donated more than $2 million. Oh, and they have a variety of other patterns, too, like llamas, tacos, and toy soldiers.
For the one who needs a good night’s sleep: Sleepyhead Gel Mattress Topper
You and your recipient will both sleep well when you purchase a Sleepyhead mattress topper. For every 10 purchases, the brand donates a bed to someone in need. Talk about an impressive gift that gives back! Plus, it’s a fantastic product: The copper topper is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, resistant to mites and bed bugs, and odor-eliminating, and it helps promote spinal alignment. The gel topper is also perfect for anyone who sleeps hot, as it helps keep you cool and provides pressure relief.
For the organizer: 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. Plus, 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. If you know someone who loves organizing, check out these gifts for people who can’t stop cleaning their houses.
For the smartphone-obsessed: 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. Five dollars 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 many 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 the coolest tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
For the outdoorsy traveler: Adventurist Backpack Co. Adventurist Classic
Looking for the best gift for the jet-setter 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.
For the busy mom: 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 it become the victim of a sippy-cup spill. Thirty percent of the sale of each bag is donated to Project Night Night, a nonprofit 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 consider these gifts for mom she’ll actually love.
For the hostess: World Vision Opportunity Collection Serving Spoons
Designed by Emmy Award-winning actor Patricia Heaton, this set of serving spoons is made from acacia wood and accented with golden tones. The tax-deductible donation of $85 will help World Vision—a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities—tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.
For the foodie: Spice Madam 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 own home. Spice Madam’s spice subscription box 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 more of the best subscription boxes for everyone on your list.
For the beach babe: 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.
For the one who hates plastic: Ethique Eco-Friendly Body Sampler
Most people have a collection of hair-care and skin-care products at home. The problem is, what’s left behind is a collection of plastic bottles that are ruining our planet. 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. Thinking of going plastic-free yourself? Here’s how one woman did it—and what she uses instead.
For the low-maintenance guy: Rainbow Light Men’s One Multivitamin
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 more than 69 million prenatal tablets worldwide.
For colorful personalities: Meridian Huipil Pillow VIII
Sometimes, all an old couch needs is a new pillow or two. For the lover of great design, color, and generosity, Meridian’s Huipil Collection donates 20 percent of its proceeds to the nonprofit 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.
For the one who loves shoes: Roma Boots Emma Rain Boots
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. In case you were wondering, this is the reason rain smells so good.
For the stressed-out: Naturopathica Chill Out Gift Set
Anyone can relax and rejuvenate with the help of this lovely pairing: a 100 mg full-spectrum, non-psychoactive CBD elixir made from hemp flowers and a balm made from CBD and Kava (a root that helps promote calm) that can be massaged right into the skin. For each set purchased, the brand will donate $2 in support of Mental Health America. Here are 13 facts you should know about CBD.
For the impossible-to-shop-for dude: Pariah Boxer Briefs
Pariah underwear not only supports men down there—it also supports them when it comes to the health of that area. Since Pariah’s founder is a testicular cancer survivor himself, the company donates more than 50 percent of its profits to support men’s health initiatives, which is distributed through the 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 more gifts for men that will make you look like a hero.
For fans of the great outdoors: National Geographic x Parks Project Legacy Tie Dye 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 nonprofit groups that protect parks and public lands in the United States and Canada.
For literally anyone: Who Gives a Cr— Bamboo Toilet Paper
Be kind to Mother Nature and to your bum with this bamboo toilet paper that uses zero inks, dyes, or scents. The company 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!) For even more ideas, check out these great gifts on Amazon. Hey, you know you’ll be shopping on there at some point!
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