With all the gifting coming up, ‘tis the season for shopping. It can be hard to find that perfect gift—and hard to spend the money when you know there are people and causes who could really use a little love. The good news is, there’s a sweet spot. No matter the recipient, there’s a gift out there for them, one that supports a cause you know they’ll really appreciate.
We’ve rounded up 10 gifts that give back, just in time for the holidays.
A Trinket Dish
Looking for the perfect something for a newly engaged friend? This heart-shaped ring dish fits the bill! Heck, pick up one for each of your girlfriends. They’ll look lovely on their nightstand, and 50% of each purchase is donated to The Human Rights Campaign. ("Love Is Love" trinket dish, $14, West Elm)
Cotton Rope Cat & Dog Collars
Your four-legged friend needs a little something this year, too! These cotton rope collars (plus a full line of matching leashes) are hand-dyed and crafted in Brooklyn—meaning your pet might be cooler than you are. The brand, Found My Animal, promotes animal welfare and rescuing pets, and supports animal rescue organizations across the country. (Cotton rope dog and cat collar, starting at $56, Found My Animal)
A Glam Gem Print
If you’re looking for a huge selection of stylish and fun gifts that do good, Read Between the Lines is your answer. They’ve got everything from holiday cards to barware, and every purchase gives back to one of the two organizations the shop supports: MANA Nutrition, which addresses the most severe cases of child malnutrition across the globe, and Rolling Dog Farm, providing a safe, loving, and permanent home for disabled dogs and horses in northern New Hampshire. We’d love to unwrap this playful foil-stamped gem print! (Multi-gem gem print, $24, Read Between the Lines)
The Royal Treatment Duo
Every holiday season could benefit from some serious relaxation, so pamper the ones you love! The mask and scrub duo from b.a.r.e. Soaps pairs an invigorating scrub of Australian clay and apricot exfoliant with a Dead Sea clay mask for deep cleansing. Slather it on, close your eyes, and breathe deeply while you remember that your moment of zen is providing soap, vitamins, and vaccines to children in Uganda and employing women in India to reprocess and repurpose hotel soap for the good of the community. ("Royal Treatment" mask and scrub duo, $49.99, b.a.r.e. Soaps)
Picot Handloomed Napkins
Getting ready to host your first holiday meal? Cloth napkins are a must, and these hand-woven cotton ones from Bloom & Give come in six vibrant colors that will finish your table beautifully. Each set of four features elegant hand-stitching, and half of the profits from every purchase fund girls’ education in India. Hint: These would also make a beautiful hostess gift. (Picot handloomed napkins, $40 for set of four, Bloom & Give)
A Pretty Peony Compass Bracelet
You and your bridesmaids might be far beyond those summer camp days and friendship bracelets, but this sweet gift will take you right back. The hand-carved brass compass charm is paired with cotton thread, and will keep you and your friends headed in the right direction. Ten percent of the profits are donated to fight human trafficking and empower women and girls across the globe. (Peony compass bracelet, $45, The Brave Collection)
An Organic Cotton Grocery Tote Set
Whether your loved one is a fan of Morning Edition or can’t get enough of the Tiny Desk concerts, a gift from NPR will help keep their favorite radio show going. Support the shows you love and help save the planet with a set of organic cotton totes. The bright, circular design features fruits and veggies in a playful style, perfect for hauling groceries or toting your gear to and from yoga class. (Organic cotton grocery tote set, $35, NPR)
A Beaded, African Sun Necklace
This beaded necklace is perfect for a Mom who loves to accessorize. The beads, including brass, wood, and moss agate styles, are handmade in Nigeria and Ethiopia, strung on a long chain for easy layering. 15% of the purchase goes toward the Sisi Fund, a women’s collaborative in Kenya that teaches business, agriculture, and accounting in five villages. ("African Sun" necklace, $32, Bird + Stone)
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The Kardo Watch
Of course, the men in your life need something special, too! Whether it’s a gift for your brother for the holidays or the perfect wedding day surprise for your groom, these wooden watches combine classic styling with sustainable materials. Made in Italy, the Indian rosewood face is paired with a leather strap and gold frame for a look that’s great for a casual afternoon in town or a major walk down the aisle. Best of all, WeWOOD works with Trees For The Future, Treedom and American Forests to plant a tree for every watch that is purchased. (And yes, they make women’s styles, too!) ("Kardo" watch in choco gold, $160, WeWOOD)
We all know and love FEED, the charity founded by Lauren Bush Lauren in 2007, and it’s still going strong today. There’s a beautiful array of bags and accessories available, and your purchase supports the cause and helps provide school lunches to children in need around the world. If you’re heading to a party this holiday season, don’t just bring a bottle of wine: Deliver it in a wine bag that does some good, too. (Each one provides five school meals!) (Wine bag bundle, $44, FEED)
Want to do even more? Try one of these easy-peasy ideas to give back this holiday season:
1. Add Gumdrop to your browser. This browser add-on will donate a portion of what you spend back to your favorite cause—for free! Plus, it automatically puts in the best coupon at check out so you can save and give at the same time!
2. One Today allows you to give just $1 a day (or whatever you choose) to a cause of your choice . You can even follow where the money goes.
3. Send a little love to those who won't be with their families this holiday season. A Million Thanks will connect you with our troops overseas so that you can send a letter wishing them happy holidays and thanking them for their service.
4. At Goodshop, you can find the best coupons and deals for more than 40,000 stores and a portion of what you spend can be donated to your favorite cause (local or national). To date, it has saved shoppers more than $100 million and raised more than $12 million for causes!
5. Have some airline miles leftover after booking your holiday flights? Pass them along to Make a Wish Foundation—the foundation uses donated miles to send thousands of kids to their wish destinations each year.
6. Thredup will send you a free bag to fill up with your old clothes. Once you're done cleaning out your closet, send it on back. You can donate the money they earn from selling the clothes to charity.