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Sometimes, when you’re shopping for presents, the materialistic side of the season can set in and leave you feeling a bit unsettled. Gifts that are useful or pretty to look at are fun to give and receive, but if you’re fortunate enough to exchange gifts with loved ones, there are plenty of notable gift-worthy products from brands that are committed to giving back to those truly in need.
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 (and 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. Ahead, we’ve listed a variety of woman-owned, Black-owned, Latinx-owned, LGBTQ-owned, and mission-driven businesses to support that offer a variety of gifts that keep on giving (literally).
Thrive Market is your one-stop shop to save on groceries that are organic and/or sustainably sourced. Their mission is simple: To make healthy foods more accessible. Shoppers save up to 30% on Thrive Market compared to what they’d spend at an average grocery store and have access to items they may not find locally.
But what’s even better than Thrive's 500+ “never” ingredients list, 100% non-GMO food policy, and its own highly-rated label is its dedication to giving back. For every paid membership gift card purchased, Thrive Market gifts one to someone in need (a teacher, a first responder, etc.) through its Thrive Gives program.
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OURA was founded by microbiologist Keane Veran who, after surviving his childhood cancer diagnosis, made it his mission to pay forward the kindness and generosity he was shown by different charities throughout his treatment.
Today, Veran’s BIPOC-owned brand sells skincare, bedding, and apparel made with antimicrobial technology, and a portion of all proceeds are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So, while skincare is a form of self-care, this exfoliating glove is more than a luxurious buffing tool; it’s an opportunity to give back to those in need.
Love Scarf for Breast Cancer
NAKEDCASHMERE’s cozy Love scarf is an exclusive piece from the brand in support of breast cancer awareness. The 100% pure cashmere accessory is available in six colors, including Oat, Nude, and Smoke, and comes in one size fits all.
For every scarf sold, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in hopes that, with more financial backing, scientists may soon find a cure to the disease that affects an average of 240,000 women and 2,100 men in the United States, annually.
Callie-Power Block Heel Boot
These boots were made for walking… to the polls. Naturalizer’s Callie-Power Block Heel Boot is a best-seller and fan-favorite for its chunky heel and lace-up detail.
Now, it’s emboldened with words of empowerment to further instill confidence in the woman who wears them because every woman has a voice, and Naturalizer hopes to encourage its customers to use theirs where it matters — especially during elections. To prove it, proceeds from this limited edition boot release will be donated to the nonpartisan movement, I am a voter.
Wool Dryer Balls
Not only will these Friendsheep dryer balls save a loved one many dollars that they’d otherwise spend on boxes of dryer sheets, but your purchase will also reduce our carbon footprint and give back to Mother Earth. Friendsheep Wool Dryer Balls are handmade by women and disabled artisans in Nepal.
The products themselves are reusable, organic, cruelty-free, certified by Leaping Bunny, and compostable, but what makes them even more eco-friendly is the brand’s promise to plant one tree for every item sold. To date, they’ve planted over 530,000 trees, which contributes to the long-term goal of permanent reforestation.
Bans Off Our Bodies Charm
Following the overturn of Roe V. Wade, the conversation surrounding women’s reproductive health and the right to choose is more important than ever. Bario Neal’s Bans Off Our Bodies Charm is the perfect gift for women’s rights activists who feel passionately about the cause. The charm is handmade from reclaimed sterling silver and will have variations in design, which is considered part of the piece’s beauty.
100% of the profits of your purchase will be donated to ARC Southeast, a non-profit that provides funding and logistical support for Southerners to receive the reproductive assistance they need.
Cloud II Pant
Vitality’s Cloud II Pant lives up to its name. Constructed from recycled nylon and elastane interlock, with a 4-way stretch, zero front seams, and a shaping waistband, the active legging goes on like a second skin and feels like butter. We want one in every color, and your lucky recipient will, too.
These comfy pants are, of course, a great investment for your wardrobe — but also for charity, as Vitality has used its proceeds to donate over $500,000 to organizations like the Special Olympics and American Red Cross.
AlpaKnit Lace-Up Shoe
Do you know someone in the market for new kicks? Juntos (Spanish for "together") is a sneaker brand whose styles are Inspired by the popular Ecuadorian street shoe, “el zapato de lona.” The footwear is constructed from materials sourced from Ecuador, like Hyacaya Alpaca fleece, coconut fibers, banana tree fibers, and sugarcane, and the shoes are so comfy that you’ll be tempted to go sockless.
With every purchase, Juntos sends an education backpack filled with school supplies to an Ecuadorian student in need.
Calm the F Down Candle
For a loved one on your list who needs to stress less, Candier’s Calm The F Down Candle ignites feelings of bliss with notes of cherry blossom, magnolia, rose, and rich sandalwood. Each of the brand’s sassy soy wax candles is hand-poured, cruelty-free, and burns for over 60 hours.
Beyond its message to spread positive vibes, Candier is also dedicated to minimizing its carbon footprint. To do this, the brand limits its plastic use and donates to Greenspark. Additionally, a portion of all Candier sales go to Girls Inc. to show its support for the next generation of fierce female leaders.
11 11 Reed Diffuser
Lake & Skye’s 11 11 Reed Diffuser is expected to be a hot-ticket item this year. Awarded Best of Beauty by Allure, the flameless fragrance is a cozy blend of white ambers and musk, comes with 8 reeds, and will diffuse for approximately 3 months.
For every online purchase, Lake & Skye plants a tree through One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization with a mission to, per its website, “restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.”
Three Blend Starter Kit
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is the perfect gift for coffee drinkers and dog lovers alike. The brand sells organic, eco-friendly brews full of flavor, with seasonal releases including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, and Perfect With Pie, to name a few. But this brand is about more than cups of jo: 20% of its profits are donated to puppy rescue organizations.
The team's mission is to, through contributions to various efforts, help puppies in need get a second chance at a full life.
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.
Feeling lucky? 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 to those who already have everything! Just choose your card's color, its greeting inscription, and add-to-cart. Your purchase will include two tickets for your giftee to (hopefully) win big (for good).
Alltrue Subscription Box
Not sure what your recipient will like? Alltrue's socially conscious subscription service will send them a selection of items from brands that are working to make the world a better place.
Each box features six to eight full-sized, ethically-made products, and members get access to AllTrue's Essentials Market (open year-round) and Add-Ons Market (a two-week seasonal pop-up shop) that offer even more sustainable items for sale at discounted prices.
White Speckled Cuffed Beanie
What better time than winter to treat your loved ones to a cozy beanie that will keep their head and ears warm and toasty throughout the cold weather months? But make no mistake, Love Your Melon is no basic beanie.
The brand was founded with the goal of putting 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).
Almond Creme Bar Soap
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. Beyond its nourishing bubbles, Hand in Hand’s Almond Creme lather smells like heaven with notes of argan, vanilla, and milky oat meeting your nose every time you hit the sink.
Plus, your purchase includes 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.
Personal Water Filter
Whether you’re an avid hiker, camper, adventurer, or simply find yourself outdoors and in need of H2O, LifeStraw’s Personal Water Filter has you covered. No matter the circumstances, LifeStraw guarantees everyone can access clean water — 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 number 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.
Shelter Online Shop
Homelessness is an issue many face globally, and Shelter is on a mission to help those in need. The organization eloquently writes on its "About Us" page, "Home is a human right." However, not everyone is so fortunate to have a roof over their head.
For every purchase from or donation made to Shelter, 79% directly assists the homeless through advice, support, and campaigning; 21% is spent on funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seamless High-Waisted Legging
For the fitness fanatic on your list, opt for ICONI's stylish, seamless leggings. Available in four colors, including maroon and a vibrant blue hue, this high-waisted, seamless pair is sure to motivate anyone in a workout slump (or, if nothing else, give them a hit of dopamine), and will have you donating to a worthy cause in need. How? 10% of all brand revenue is donated to various nonprofits, including Clothes to Kids of Denver, Minnesota Freedom Fund, and Healing Wings Foundation.
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. The sustainable, organic tea comes in a box of 80 bags filled with pure rooibos (no milled sticks or dust to speak of), guaranteeing your giftee has enough cups to last them months of soothing sipping. But what’s even more generous is My Red Tea’s dedication to making a difference beyond its brews, as the brand 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.
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 Rice Polish Foaming 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. Since 2021, your purchases will 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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