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8 Do-Good Gifts that Make Everyone (& the Environment) Happy

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The holiday season is about a lot more than wish lists. It's the season of giving! This year, give gifts that give back sustainably: These 8 hardworking treats from our Shop do a lot more than sit pretty. They're responsibly sourced, thoughtfully built, and use up their scraps—they're our favorite eco-friendly pieces, and we think they'll make any lucky recipient (and Mother Nature) happy.

MZ Wallace + Food52 Water Print Bags

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Photos by Mark Weinberg, Mark Weinberg

A beaut of a bag and a good cause to boot: 15% of the proceeds from the sales of these bags go towards supporting clean drinking water in developing countries through charity : water. (They're a big hit with the Food52 team, too.)

Reclaimed Wooden Kitchen Cubby

Photos by James Ransom, Rocky Luten

These cubbies—and all of their maker, Peg and Awl's, products—are made from wood salvaged from abandoned and falling-down 1800s-era buildings in Philadelphia. It's a pretty, pretty way to support upcycling and thoughtful sourcing.

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Wool Dryer Balls

Photos by Mark Weinberg, Mark Weinberg

Dryer sheets are fleeting; wool dryer balls are forever. Toss 'em in the dryer with your wash to make your clothes soft and fluffy without disposable products.

More: There are a million ways to give back. Here are some more ideas for gifts that keep on giving.

Heirloom Seed Art Packets

Photos by Ryan Dausch, Ryan Dausch

These seeds come from the Hudson Valley Seed Library; many of the seeds are from their own small farm, but they source others from small local farmers. And the art on each of the packs is done by different artists (who are largely local to the Northeast). Not to mention, it's a gift that keeps on feeding.

Wooden Rolling Pins

Photos by Bobbi Lin, Bobbi Lin

Roll dough with it, use it as a meat mallet, and know that it's made from beautiful, well-worn wood salvaged from the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Unpaper Towels

Photos by James Ransom, James Ransom

Go for a forever-reusable unpaper towel rather than tearing through roll after roll of the paper stuff. In fact, all of Dot and Army's products—from her cloth napkins to her reusable pot scrubbers—are anti-waste, and the maker takes care to use up all of her scraps.

Rescued Wood Feast Board

Photos by Rocky Luten, Bobbi Lin

Once a fallen tree, now a beautiful, unique board for your hors d'oeuvres (and beyond).

Noaway Countertop Walnut Compost Bin

Photos by James Ransom, James Ransom

There's no better way to start composting: This walnut bin's stainless steel insert is removable and easily washable (which makes taking the compost out easy), and looks so good we want to keep it in plain sight (which will help us remember not to toss our scraps).


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Tags: charity, good causes, gifts that give back