23 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.
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.
1 Protect Ocean Animals Gift Box
Colorful fish, turtles, and whales adorn these charming, sustainably produced socks-and a portion of the proceeds for this gift goes back to Oceana, which helps restore the oceans.
If you have another cause that's dearer to your heart, the site offers sock designs to suit your passion, and support a like-minded charity. (There are more than a dozen, including LGBT rights, dog and cat rescue, disaster relief, and educating kids.)
2 Pura Vida Mental Health Awareness Pack
Pura Vida creates charming, colorful bracelet sets that support various causes, including health awareness, environmental causes, and racial justice. Pura Vida donates 5 percent of the purchase price to Mental Health America, a nonprofit that addresses the needs of those living with mental illness and supports overall mental health.
3 Cookies and Cream Popcorn
Share a few fun flavored popcorn packs for a gourmet movie night (including salt and vinegar, chocolate caramel, French toast, and dark chocolate espresso). The nonprofit Popcorn for the People hires and trains people with autism to produce its products, aiming to reduce the 80 percent unemployment rate among people with autism.
4 Yosemite Pine Candle
This hand-poured soy blend candle can bring your gift recipient back to a treasured trip to Yosemite, with scents of pine, meadow dew, and fresh chopped wood. You'll find scents associated with a number of legendary national parks, and each purchase from Parks Project supports a project to help conserve and maintain the beauty of these amazing places.
5 Cultivate Kindness Tote
This roomy tote is perfect for beach days or shopping. And the slogan is more than just a saying-for every bag purchased from FEED, 10 meals are given to children in need.
6 Handmade Large Ceramic Platter
Lace is pressed into handmade ceramic platters to create a gorgeous serving piece-and each platter provides two hours of employment for women escaping domestic abuse and homelessness.
7 WWF Adopt a Turtle
They'll get a cute stuffed turtle (plus an adoption certificate and more, depending on which option you choose); the World Wildlife Fund receives support to help protect the species.
8 Fire Department Coffee Rum Infused Coffee
This small-batch coffee delivers quality beans with a sweet, tropical finish thanks to an infusion of rum. Even better, 10 percent of proceeds for this veteran-led, firefighter-run business goes to aid for first responders through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation, a 501(c)(3).
9 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.
10 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.
11 Scripted Fragrance Boston Terrier Candle
This pretty candle is perfect for the dog-lovers in your life. Its scent is a blend of tobacco, amber, and vanilla-and scents are available for other breeds, too-and a portion of proceeds from every purchase goes to supporting the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, which funds scientific research for curing canine disease.
12 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.
13 Doughp Variety Pack
With four irresistible flavors, this pack of edible cookie dough will make any sweet-tooth recipient smile. (Yes, they can bake this dough into cookies if they want, too.) Beyond the tasty flavors, though, a portion of every purchase goes to SHE RECOVERS, a global organization helping women recovering from substance abuse or mental health challenges.
14 Monkeybiz Gift Card
As an economic upliftment project, Monkeybiz supports hundreds of traditional African beadwork artists by offering them a platform to sell their bead creations. All profits go back to the community, and artists are able to support their families with a basic income while working their craft. Each figure is handmade and completely unique, with a huge range of animals, colors, and figures available. Give a gift card of any amount so the recipient can pick the creature of their choice.
15 Avery the Lamb
This precious, hand-knit stuffed animal will please kids and soft-hearted grown-ups alike. Share the little tidbit that each doll helps provide meals to children in North America and around the world, and they'll love it even more.
16 Sackcloth + Ashes Mountain Sunset blanket
This gorgeous, sustainably made blanket will be their new go-to for cozying on the couch or picnics in the park. For every purchase, Sackcloth + Ashes donates a blanket to your local homeless shelter, so the giving aspect of this gift that gives back is close to home.
17 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.
18 Hand in Hand 4 Pack Assorted Bar Soap Set
These four fantastic scented soaps will keep your friend feeling fresh; the knowledge that every bar of soap purchased means the donation of one bar of soap and a month of clean water will keep them feeling good.
19 Yoobi Journal in Pink Liquid Glitter
Anyone would love this pretty pink journal, which has 120 pages for months and months of thoughts and notes. For every product purchased, Yoobi donates a school supply item to a U.S. child.
20 Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Paper & Slippers Medium Roast Blend
Coffee fanatics will love this medium roast blend, made of 100 percent Fair Trade Organic beans from Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico. If they're a pet lover, they'll also love the fact that Grounds & Hounds donates 20 percent of all profits to rescue organizations helping in-need dogs get a second chance.
21 Lush Charity Pot
This floral-scented body lotion will help them soften up (literally), while the fact that 100 percent of its purchase price goes to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of human rights, animal protection, and environmental justice will soften them up emotionally.
22 Modo 684 sunglasses
These thin, lightweight sunnies have polarized lenses and an anti-reflective coating in addition to their on-trend appearance. Best of all, each purchase helps provide comprehensive eye care to children in underprivileged areas around the world through a collaboration with Seva.
23 Sudara Anju Full Punjammies lounge pants
These colorful, relaxed pants are made by women in India working to remain free from sex slavery. Every purchase helps provide them with living-wage jobs, skills training, and education.