Bring deeper meaning to your holiday traditions with gifts that give back to charitable causes.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated December 10, 2019
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In the midst of holiday gift-giving season, it’s easy to be bored by all the Christmas gifts and shopping lists and sales. If you’ve been crossing off your shopping lists (and checking them twice) for years, especially, you may want something other than the standard (but still much-appreciated) gifts for your boyfriend and White Elephant gift ideas.

Fortunately, there’s a type of gift that offers this non-standard bonus: gifts that give back. These presents do a little something to give back to some charitable cause or nonprofit; they help share a little generosity, so by giving them, you’re giving back, too. And when your friend or family member learns that their new gift also helped someone else, they’ll be doubly pleased by it.

Gifts that give back work as gift exchange ideas, gifts for family members, presents for coworkers, and more. These charity gifts, especially, are real presents anyone would love, so they can get their gift and give one too, so to speak. Honestly, they might not even realize some of these gifts are charitable until you tell them.

Some of these gifts that give back support particular groups or causes; 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 2019 and shop with a little extra purpose this year.

feedprojects.com

1
FEED Artisan Serving Bowl

FEED has provided more than 100 million meals to children around the world since its 2007 founding. This mango wood serving bowl, part of FEED’s first collection of handmade home goods, provides 25 meals alone.

To buy: $88; feedprojects.com.

anaono.com

2
Anaono Miena Robe

Created by a breast cancer survivor, Anaono supports people recovering from breast reconstruction or surgery—or anyone living with other conditions that cause pain or discomfort—through comfortable, beautiful items designed to soothe and function around the realities of life post-surgery.

To buy: $68; anaono.com.

foundmyanimal.com

3
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.

To buy: $62; foundmyanimal.com.

sackclothandashes.com

4
Sackcloth + Ashes Mojave Turquoise blanket

This gorgeous, sustainably made blanket will be their new go-to for cold nights 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.

To buy: $109; sackclothandashes.com.

cuddleandkind.com

5
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.

To buy: From $75; cuddleandkind.com.

handinhandsoap.com

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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.

To buy: $22; handinhandsoap.com.

statebags.com

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State Kane backpack

Metallic and eye-catching, this backpack can carry everything they need for a day at work, at school, or on-the-go. With every product purchased, State helps support underserved students through donations of fully packed backpacks or other special initiatives.

To buy: $85; statebags.com.

yoobi.com

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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.

To buy: $13; yoobi.com.

thegivingkeys.com

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The Giving Keys Mini Key Necklace

Small and subtle, this half-inch necklace will fit in nicely with any friend or family member’s existing jewelry collection. Each purchase also helps provide jobs and other support to people transitioning out of homelessness.

To buy: $45; thegivingkeys.com.

worldwildlife.org

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WWF Adopt a Hippopotamus

They’ll get a cute stuffed hippo (plus an adoption certificate and more, depending on which option you choose); the World Wildlife Fund receives support to help protect the species, which are at risk from habitat loss.

To buy: From $55; worldwildlife.org.

starlingproject.com

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Starling Holiday Candle

Made of natural soy wax, this pine- and fir-scented candle comes in a recycled glass votive and can burn for more than 60 hours. All purchases support the Starling Project, which helps provide solar energy to communities living without electricity.

To buy: $55; starlingproject.com.

birdandstone.com

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Bird + Stone Nevertheless, She Persisted Cuff

This plated cuff has a positive message for anyone determined to keep doing the right thing. Plus, 10 percent of proceeds go to She Should Run, an organization that supports women running for office in the U.S.

To buy: $35; birdandstone.com.

groundsandhoundscoffee.com

13
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.

To buy: $14; groundsandhoundscoffee.com.

lushusa.com

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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.

To buy: From $8; lushusa.com.

bridgewatercandles.com

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Bridgewater Candle Company Sweet Grace candle

This candle can burn for up to 145 hours, filling their space with a delightfully spicy fragrance, and the simple design looks nice on a kitchen table and media stand alike. It also provides three meals to children through a partnership with Rice Bowls.

To buy: $26; bridgewatercandles.com.

sevenly.org

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Sevenly Throw Kindness Sweatshirt

Sure, the slogan on this cozy sweatshirt encourages a little extra goodness, but each purchase also helps support Give Kids the World, which provides cost-free, Florida resort vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families.

To buy: $60; sevenly.org.

loveyourmelon.com

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Love Your Melon Natural Ceramic Mug

They’ll happily add this mug to their collection. Even better, Love Your Melon donates 50 percent of its net profit to charitable programming supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.

To buy: $30; loveyourmelon.com.

modo.com

18
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.

To buy: $315; modo.com.

kiehls.com

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Kiehl’s Collection for A Cause

This collection of four hydrating skincare products will help them stay clear-skinned and bright-faced all season long. Each purchase helps secure 449 meals for Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

To buy: $50; kiehls.com.

sudara.org

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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.

To buy: $59; sudara.org.

thehouseofmarley.com

21
The House of Marley No Bounds portable Bluetooth speaker

This hyper-portable, long-lasting speaker is sure to become part of their daily packing list. House of Marley helps support global reforestation, so each purchase helps contribute to the planting of trees through One Tree Planted.

To buy: $60; thehouseofmarley.com.

amazon.com

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A Gift That Gives a More Sustainable World: Sprout Pencils

Once they’re done using their plantable Sprout pencil, they can plant it and watch it grow into herbs or flowers. You can even customize the pencils for your environment-loving or green-thumb friend.

To buy: From $15; amazon.com.