Bring deeper meaning to your next gift-giving occasion with presents that give back to charitable causes and efforts.
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sequin notebook: gifts that give back

The latest tech gadget or beauty product will obviously be a beloved birthday or holiday gift. But if you're looking to give something that's a little bit more special, consider a gift that gives back.

Gifts that give back support particular nonprofit groups or causes. Some provide employment at fair wages to people who need help getting their foot in the door, some trigger one-for-one donations, and others contribute funds to charities and charitable efforts. However they give back, you can give these presents with the knowledge that your purchase is making the world just the tiniest bit better.

Take a look at these top gifts that give back and shop with a little extra purpose this year.

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Five Sea-Themed Upcycled Aluminum Ornaments
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1 Save the Ocean Ornament Set


Upcycled aluminum cans are used to craft this charming ornament set, featuring seahorses, stingrays, and more. For every purchase, $3 is donated to ocean cleanup charities—plus Uncommon Goods gives another $1 to a charity of your choice. 

Socks That Plant Trees Conscious Step
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2 Conscious Step Socks That Plant Trees


Conscious Step's organic cotton socks come in pretty colors with petite embroidered details that match the cause you choose, whether it's ocean conservation, dog rescue, LGBTQ support, or in this case, supporting Trees for the Future to help them plant more trees. 

HRC Pride Rainbow Water Bottle

3 More Color More Pride Rainbow Water Bottle


Support the Human Rights Campaign's work for LGBTQ equality with this rainbow-hued thermal bottle. The double-walled stainless steel insulates the bottle, to keep your drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. 

Maroon Bombas Gripper Slipper

4 Bombas Gripper Slippers


These cozy, sherpa-lined slippers have grippy bottoms to avoid slipping and sliding. And for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to a homeless shelter. 

Winter Warming Basket
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5 Our Green House Winter Warmup Basket


Give a gift of comfort that also helps others. Green House cotton rope baskets are loaded with wonderful themed goodies—in this case, warming products like cozy mittens, mugs, tea, hot cocoa, and a comfy robe. 

Five percent of all proceeds go to various charities—in this case, one that helps protect pandas. 

Save the Sloth Pale Green Bracelets from Pura Vida Bracelets
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6 Pura Vida Bracelets


Pura Vida creates charming, colorful bracelet sets that support various causes, including mental health awareness, environmental causes, and racial justice. When you purchase the Save the Sloths pack (shown here) they'll donate 5 percent of the purchase price to Rainforest Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the tropical forests which sloths and thousands of other endangered species call home.

Penzeys Bakers Assortment Baking Spices

7 Penzeys Baker's Assortment Gift Pack


Freshen up their baking spices with this deluxe set, featuring the essentials for just about every wintry treat—including vanilla sugar, three types of cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, and minced lemon peel. Penzeys donates its pepper to food pantries and soup kitchens, and financial donations to hurricane relief organizations. 

Parks Project Ecocool Cooler with Stickers
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8 Igloo X Parks Project Ecocool Cooler


The Parks Project aims to conserve and maintain the beauty of our treasured parks and forests, one trendy product at a time. This cooler features fun park-themed stickers to make your happy camper or picnicker even happier. It helps support National Park Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program, which hosts outdoor activities, cultural heritage exercises, and more for children to help them connect with nature.

Mud Love Framed Loved Necklace
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9 Mud Love Framed Necklace


Let them know they're loved with these charming framed necklace that makes a statement.

For each product purchased, Mud Love donates a week's worth of clean water to someone in Africa through Water for Good

Fight Evil, Read Books T-Shirt

10 Fight Evil, Read Books T-Shirt


The voracious reader in your life will appreciate this charming message T-shirt—and the fact that each purchase helps fund literacy programs and book donations.

There are other designs with the same sentiment—along with author-specific products—for your favorite reader. 

Project Honeybees Bee Necklace
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11 Project Honeybees Adopt a Bee Necklace


This sweet sterling silver and 18k gold plated buzzy bee necklace comes with photos and information about the plight of bees worldwide. And the proceeds from each purchase help fund bee-friendly habitats and pollinator research through the University of California Davis

Journal with Inflated Confetti Filled Cover

12 Yoobi Confetti-Filled Notebook


Any tween or teen would love this confetti-filled journal, which has 120 college-ruled pages for months and months of thoughts and notes. For every product purchased, Yoobi donates a school supply item to a U.S. child.

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13 Dr.PAWPAW Shimmer Balm


For the loved one that loves nothing more than discovering a new quality beauty brand, meet Dr. PAWPAW. This UK company is famous for their award-winning multitasking clear balm that's perfect for soothing lips, smoothing eyebrows, saving dry skin patches, and even taming frizz. This year, the brand launched a new version of the original plant-based balm at Ulta with added environmentally friendly shimmer, and partnered up with Save the Children: $0.50 from each sale of Dr.PAWPAW Shimmer Balm will go toward supporting children in the United States.

Allbirds Women's Wool Loungers
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14 Allbirds Women's Wool Loungers


The slip-on-and-go design of Allbirds' classic Wool Loungers makes them great for everything from walking around the house to exploring a new city. They're made from renewable materials and can be thrown in the washer to extend their life, two features that fit in with the brand's dedication to sustainable practices. All pairs of Allbirds also come with a 30-day guarantee and the promise that lightly-used returned pairs will be donated to communities in need through Soles4Souls.

cuyana weekender bag
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15 Triple Zipper Weekender


Help a globetrotter on your list get back to traveling in style with Cuyana's new roomy canvas and leather weekender. It can be carried in-hand, over-the-shoulder, or crossbody, and its separate zippered compartments max out it's organization capabilities. When it comes to giving back, Cuyana's Lean Closet program is designed to keep clothes out landfills by giving shoppers an easy way to donate. And in return? Cuyana donates a percentage of profits to the H.E.A.R.T. Program, an organization that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their potential.

MiiR 12 oz Camp Cup
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16 Cotopaxi Camp Cup


Have a friend who has taken up hiking this year? Upgrade their gear with Cotopaxi's double-walled Camp Cup perfect for keeping hot beverages steamy around the campfire. All Camp Cup sales support Water1st, a nonprofit that provides water access to communities in Honduras. Cotopaxi also allocates 1 percent of all its annual revenues from their outdoor gear to the Cotopaxi Foundation which donates to various organizations working to end poverty.

Gifts that give back - Someone Somewhere Rainbow Lightpack

17 Someone Somewhere Rainbow Lightpack


Made with a traditional technique by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, this bag is lightweight—40 percent lighter than the average bag—and rollable, so you can tuck it away easily. Someone Somewhere is a certified B Corp that works with 180 artisans in some of Mexico's poorest states to produce their bags, apparel, and accessories, with economic, social, cultural, goals that empower and support makers practicing traditional textile work—and every purchase helps support their mission.

Piecework Power Lunch Puzzle

18 Piecework Power Lunch Puzzle


This high-quality 1,000-piece puzzle celebrates high-powered women who lunch—but it also gives back to them by supporting the National Women's Law Center, which fights for gender justice, with some of the proceeds from every purchase. The process of putting together this puzzle is a great challenge (and good fun), and the final product will be a true work of chaotic, charitable, glamorous art.

Gifts that give back - Bird + Stone Black Lives Matter Cuff Set

19 Bird + Stone Black Lives Matter Cuff Set


With every purchase of this cuff set, 100 percent of profits are donated to organizations fighting for racial justice, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative. Beyond its give-back bend, this set is a good reminder of the challenge at hand and serves as a pretty statement of what you believe in.

Gifts that give back - Found My Animal Henri Ombre Cotton Rope Dog Leash

20 Found My Animal Henri Ombre Cotton Rope Dog Leash


Hand-dyed, adjustable, and colorful, this leash is beautiful—but the best part might be its solid brass tag, which is individually numbered with the number of animals Found My Animal has helped so far through its support of animal welfare and rescue.