20 Gifts That Give Back, So You Can Gift Twice the Joy

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

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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.

Food and Drink Gifts That Benefit Charities

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Spirit-Infused Coffee

Set of 3 bags of coffee infused with whiskey and bourbon
Fire Department Coffee

Help them enjoy a little (non-alcoholic) boost to their day with a trio of spirit-infused coffees (Irish whiskey, bourbon, and cinnamon whiskey) to help them start their day. Or opt for their spirit-infused club, which will send them a limited edition spirit-infused flavor each month for $15/month. Either way, this veteran- and firefighter-run coffee shop helps first responders in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation.

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Penzeys Baker's Assortment Gift Pack

Penzeys Bakers Assortment Baking Spices

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.

Fashion Gifts that Give Back to Charities

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Zuri Dresses

Teal dress with a bright fruit and flower pattern
Shop Zuri

These fun and festive dresses will earn a place of honor in her closet—and her heart. Each dress is ethically made in Africa or India, using cotton from smallholder farms, African textile designers to dream up the patterns, and SOKO members to sew each dress. SOKO supports the local Kenyan community by offering sustainable livelihoods, free childcare, and making and giving away reusable menstrual pads to help to allow young women to remain in school.

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Conscious Step Socks That Plant Trees

Socks That Plant Trees Conscious Step
Conscious Step

Conscious Step's organic cotton socks come in pretty colors with little 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.

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Bombas Gripper Slippers

Maroon Bombas Gripper Slipper

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.

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Fight Evil, Read Books T-Shirt

Fight Evil, Read Books T-Shirt

The voracious reader in your life will appreciate the charming message of this 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.

Jewelry and Accessories Gifts That Support Causes

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Pura Vida Bracelets

Save the Sloth Pale Green Bracelets from Pura Vida Bracelets
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 that sloths and thousands of other endangered species call home.

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Bali Hoops

Gold Bali Earrings with a fan-shape
Purpose Jewelry

These chic 14K gold or sterling silver earrings are handcrafted by female artisans who have escaped human trafficking. Proceeds support the International Sanctuary that provides refuge to thousands of trafficking survivors.

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Project Honeybees Adopt a Bee Necklace

Project Honeybees Bee Necklace
Project Honeybees

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.

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Bird + Stone Black Lives Matter Cuff Set

Gifts that give back - 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.

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Allbirds Women's Wool Loungers

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.

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Triple Zipper Weekender

cuyana weekender bag

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 its organization capabilities. When it comes to giving back, Cuyana's Lean Closet program is designed to keep clothes out of landfills by giving shoppers an easy way to donate. 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.

Home Gifts That Donate to Charities

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Charcuterie Board

Wooden charcuterie board with cheese, fruit, and meat displayed on it
Would Works

This handcrafted oak charcuterie board is a perfect gift for your favorite snack fan. Each board is hand crafted by artisans who have experienced homelessness or extreme poverty in Los Angeles, and received training in the craft of woodworking—and fair wages for their work—from Would Works.

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Rainbow Stripe Towels

Towels with rainbow-hued stripes

Brighten up their kitchen with Williams-Sonoma's rainbow striped Turkish cotton kitchen towels—50 percent of the purchase price goes to the Trevor Project, which provides help to LGBTQ young people.

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Charity Pot Lotion

Black tub of Charity Pot lotion

Lush's Charity Pot lotion is a perfect way to do good—100 percent of the purchase price of each tub goes to grassroots organizations that support environmental justice, human rights, and animal welfare. (And it smells wonderful too!)

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More Color More Pride Rainbow Water Bottle

HRC 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.

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Igloo X Parks Project Ecocool Cooler

Parks Project Ecocool Cooler with Stickers
Parks Project

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.

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Yoobi Confetti-Filled Notebook

Journal with Inflated Confetti Filled Cover

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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Piecework Power Lunch Puzzle

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.

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Found My Animal Henri Ombre Cotton Rope Dog Leash

Gifts that give back - 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.

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