Gifts That Give Back to Make You Feel Good While Shopping
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Sometimes, finding a gift that's useful or pretty to look at just isn't enough. Luckily, there are plenty of notable giftworthy products from brands that are committed to giving back.
In addition to donating to charities that can help your community and beyond, consider one of these gifts that give back that’ll conjunctively support noble causes at no additional cost to you. The gift ideas in this list help the environment, those less fortunate, social justice causes, and animals in need, so you can feel good about buying them. Plus, these gifts are from businesses that continually do their part to involve you in making the world a better place and spreading the word about organizations doing the same.
So, if you're looking to give a gift that gives back, support businesses that give back, or just learn more about places you can donate directly to, you've come to the right place. Here's a variety of woman-owned, Black-owned, Latinx-owned, LGBTQ-owned, and mission-driven businesses to support.
Every time your gift recipient refills this 18-ounce Cupanion bottle, clean water is given to a person in need. And if they have a favorite reusable water bottle? You can buy a tag with a bar code on it to turn that water bottle into a Cupanion.
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Through partnerships with a number of charities, including WaterIsLife and Rise Against Hunger, Lotto Love puts a charitable spin on the good old scratch-and-win ticket. This is a great gift that gives back for those who already have everything!
Alltrue Subscription Box
Not sure what your recipient will like? Alltrue's socially conscious subscription service will send them a selection of full-sized lifestyle products from brands that are working to make the world a better place.
White Speckled Cuffed Beanie
Love Your Melon was founded with the goal to put a hat on every child battling cancer in America. Buy this cozy knit beanie, and 50% of the profits will go to the brand's nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Hand Poured Candle
We firmly believe that a person can never have too many candles, especially ones that help support a worthy cause. By purchasing a candle from OneGrid, you're giving a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world.
This gift that gives back comes in six different scents and is made with 100% soy and coconut wax.
Hanx Ground Coffee Bags
Hanx is a new coffee brand launched by Tom Hanks, and 100% of profits go toward supporting veterans and their families. Currently there are three different types of products available: bags of ground coffee, coffee pods, and coffee sticks (which are made for drinking on-the-go).
4 Pack Assorted Bar Soap Set
Suds up sustainably with consciously cleansing soaps that are made with organic shea and cocoa butters, instead of harmful palm oil to keep hands clean and the environment happy.
A generous bonus: With every bar you buy, Hand in Hand will donate soap and clean water to a child in need.
The 100% Human Crew
Everlane's charitable 100% Human Being collection features cozy printed tees and sweatshirts that make a statement while promoting solidarity. With every purchase from the line, Everlane will donate 10% of the shirt cost to the ACLU in support of racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and protecting every person's right to protest.
Slip this gold ring around your finger for a subtle feminine look with a sly edge. Philanthropy has been ingrained in Catbird’s DNA since its inception.
They work with a range of organizations, like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Food Bank for New York City, which gives back to underserved areas of the community.
Personal Water Filter
Everyone deserves access to clean water, and LifeStraw guarantees it — whether you can afford its famous portable water filter or not.
With every purchase, their charitable Give Back Program provides a child in need with safe drinking water for an entire school year.
Care Bears Chocolate Bar
This rainbow-colored Care Bears bar from Compartés is infused with five different flavors, perfect for any chocolate lover on your list. 10% of all sales of this limited-edition treat will go towards Lady Gaga’s Born This Way foundation which supports the mental health of young people and works with them to build a kinder world.
Urban Native Era 'You Are On Native Land' Dad Cap
In case you needed a reminder, this cap says it all. The embroidered phrase ‘You Are On Native Land’ comes from an Indigenous perspective and is intended for everyone (including the wearer) — and is meant to ignite conversation around the important topic.
As part of Faherty's 360 Native commitment, they donate products and funds to various Indigenous organizations, including EarthGuardians, 4kinship, and IllumiNative.
Made from kitchen plastic scraps and renewable sugarcane, this colorful BPA-free cutting board makes the perfect sustainable gift for the family chef.
Material is an AAPI-founded brand that makes consciously-designed goods made from high-quality materials for cooking, dining, and hosting. Material is offering 20% off sitewide and gives you the opportunity to donate a portion of your discount to The Lower East Side Girls Club.
Herringbone Chain Necklace
Wear bling that gives back! AWE jewelry was founded by a three-time cancer survivor who donates 20% of each sale to the brand's national charity partners — Cancer Care, Nami, The Trevor Project, and RAINN. This herringbone chain necklace is great for layering or rocking on its own.
24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra
Thirdlove's comfortable, size-inclusive undergarments take the drama out of bra-buying with half-cup options that double the amount of available sizes compared to other brands. This plunge bra features removable pads to give you a customizable lift.
Their charitable values extend to organizations like I Support the Girls, Soles4Souls, and Good360, where bras are donated to help every woman feel comfortable and confident. They've donated over $50 million in bras to date.
Citrus & Cedarwood Body Set
Bravo Sierra is the first company to make personal care products specifically for the military. They used members of the U.S. military for testing as well as research and development, and believe that if they’re good enough for them, then they're good enough for you!
The company also donates 5% of all revenue to the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. This body set has all you need to wash and prevent odor all day long.
Porter Insulated Bottle
W&P sells reusable, dishwasher and microwavable safe kitchenware and to-go products. Each purchase of this insulated water bottle will feed two families. It features a leakproof lid, a nonslip silicone grip, and a double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel core to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.
You can even personalize it to make it an extra special gift.
Socks that Protect Penguins
Everything Conscious Step makes gives back to one of its 17 non-profit partners, including The Trevor Project, Water.org, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, so you can be sure you’re getting a gift that gives back this season.
Choose from a variety of cozy, sustainable socks like these best-selling socks that protect penguins that support Oceana — the largest advocacy organization focused solely on oceans — to restore and protect ocean wildlife.
Oud Wood Hand Poured Scented Candle
Give an upgrade to the classic scented candle gift with this hand poured option from Benevolence LA. Notes of jasmine, patchouli, and amber will fill their space whenever it’s lit.
Each candle purchased results in a donation to our charity partner Zoe International, which brings light to the darkness of human trafficking and slavery.
Pearl River Mart Vintage Logo T-Shirt
Pearl River Mart’s Chinatown collection includes apparel, accessories, and drinkware to gift for any occasion, like this T-shirt that features the vintage Pearl River classic double-fish logo. One-hundred percent of profits gained from this collection go back to Chinatown businesses, with a small portion given to nonprofits for the community.
ICONI Women's Seamless High-Waisted Legging Maroon Small
Heritage Evergreen Swirl Hoodie
A tie-dye sweat set add a pop of color to your basic loungewear. We love the swirl of this evergreen hoodie for a holiday gift. Up to 50% of net profits from Ivory Ella are donated to charitable causes including Save the Elephants, so your cute new fit can support a noble cause.
Men's Recycled Fleece Tapered Sweatpant
Take a seat and relax in a pair of Richer Poorer's cozy sweats, all while supporting causes that give back to the planet.
Richer Poorer works with organizations like 1% For The Planet, Carbon Fund, IssueVoter, and South LA Cafe year-round. Employees volunteer regularly with these orgs, and the company does what it can to lift those orgs up and encourage others to do the same.
Better Period Kit
Anyone who menstruates knows that cramps and discomfort are part of the drill. The people behind Somedays know that it shouldn't be, though. They created this bundle to help ease pain from cramps and bloating, and it includes a heating pack, cramp cream, and a mud mask for your abdomen that also helps reduce pain.
As a team of queer, Black, disabled, gender-diverse entrepreneurs, Somedays is working tirelessly to create more inclusive period care. All year long, they donate some of their funds to grassroots organizations and their community to create BetterDays for everyone.
Skull Crushing Espresso High-Caffeine Coffee
This coffee is seriously lit! Made by actual firefighters and sourced from environmentally-friendly farms in Honduras, Fire Dept. Coffee is made with both people and the planet in mind.
Get buzzed off of caffeine and feel-good vibes knowing that a portion of every sale is donated to firefighter-, veteran-, or military-assistance programs.
Terra Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
Everything’s better when you add a little sparkle — including your water. This compact carbonator turns plain tap water into sparkling in seconds, and comes with Bubly flavor drops that’ll help heighten your hydration.
SodaStream has committed to eliminate the use of 67 billion single-use plastic bottles by 2025, in addition to switching flavor bottles from plastic to metal in early 2021.
Also notable: The brand donates to WaterAid to supply global communities in need with clean tap water for drinking and washing hands.
Candlessentials Bold Awakening Candle
Black-owned Candlessentials merges social and environmental initiatives with a line of natural candles. Their unique, eco-friendly packaging is embedded with seeds, so they can be planted to produce beautiful blooms.
Candlessentials also donates a portion of each month's profits to a new charitable organization that aligns with its vision to spread the light of others.
You may remember Bombas socks from the premiere of the sixth season of Shark Tank back in 2014. From the very beginning, the brand has been devoted to giving back to those in need with a commitment to donating a specially designed pair for every pair purchased.
To date, Bombas has donated nearly 40 million clothing items to the homeless community through more than 3,000 charitable partners across the country.
Plantable Graphite Pencils
Make the planet proud with these plantable pencils — the perfect back-to-school gift that gives back for your kiddo! The eco-friendly pencils are made from natural and biodegradable components that can be recycled back into the ground and bloom into basil, flax, or thyme.
Although this isn't technically a charity, we believe giving back to Mother Earth should not be dismissed.
Outer Space Sand Art
For unique and unexpected items that are sure to delight any gift recipient, UncommonGoods is one independent company you can feel very good about supporting. For every purchase, $1 goes to supporting a charity of your choice.
Among the nonprofit organizations that UncommonGoods gives back to are American Forests, which works to preserve and expand the world's forests and International Rescue Committee, which helps people whose lives have have been destroyed by conflict and disaster.
Have a cup of positivitea with My Red Tea, a sustainable, organic tea brand that donates 10% of profits to support education in rooibos farming communities.
Classic Canvas Slip-Ons
Take a step in the right direction with these classic, comfy TOMS slip-ons. The shoe brand is renowned for their charitable efforts working with more than 100 philanthropic partners.
Not only does TOMS match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need, but they've expanded their mission to eyewear, clean water, and safe birth.
Universal Leather Backpack
What's not to love about the 100% philanthropic brand Love 41? Buy one of their stunning, full-grain leather accessories, like this luxury backpack that features antique brass hardware, and support the work of Africa New Life Ministries, an organization that aids in transforming the lives of those affected by the Rwandan genocide.
Warby Parker Laurel Eyeglasses
These crystal and cognac tortoise eyeglasses are a sight to see! Give the gift of sight to those in need through Warby Parker's Buy a Pair, Give a Pair mission, where a pair of glasses is distributed to one of WP's nonprofit partners for each pair of glasses bought.
The brand goes beyond the one-for-one donation, and now they train men and women of impoverished communities abroad to give basic eye exams and spread awareness of eye care.
Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
Wash away your worries with Philosophy's Purity Made Simple cleanser, a one-step face wash that cleanses, tones, and hydrates. The beauty brand supports community-based mental health efforts by donating 1% of all USA net product profits to charity.
The brand is also known to launch capsule beauty collections to support the Rainforest Foundation and Look Good Feel Better.
Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Enrich your inner beauty while working on your outer with Tatcha's 5-star-rated enzyme powder.
This gift that gives back helps to fund a day of school in partnership with Room to Read's Girls' Education program. As of 2021, your purchases also bring diverse books to underserved communities in the United States through Room to Read’s U.S. Literacy Initiative.
Wellness Oil Trial Kit
This set of five UMA wellness oils will help keep you going throughout the day.
Uma reinvests a third of its annual profits back into the local community by funding a health clinic, offering academic scholarships, and more.
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