As people around the world continue to struggle with a whole range of pressing issues and climate change continues to reshape how we live, the desire to share our resources is stronger than ever. Donating directly to a cause you love and volunteering are both impactful ways to help those in need, and conscious shopping is another great way to contribute.
There are a ton of brands that support meaningful causes by providing resources or donating a portion of profits. So, if you’re going to spend money on holiday gifts anyway, why not buy things that support these efforts for double the joy?
To help you buy more meaningful gifts for your loved ones, here are 34 thoughtful gifts that, in turn, give back.
Millstream Home’s collection of home goods pays homage to traditional Amish craftsmanship—each item is handmade by an artisan in Pennsylvania and built to last for generations. Plus, the company donates $1 from every sale to Bridge of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among Lancaster County’s women and children.
A fancy robe always makes a good gift—and this gorgeous, printed one from Block Shop is no exception. It doesn’t hurt that the company invests 5% of its annual profits into occupational health programs in Jaipur and arts initiatives for LA’s under-resourced youth.
Even if they’re not campers or hikers, they can still appreciate a bright, graphic wall calendar that supports the National Parks Conservation Association and its mission to preserve public lands for generations to come.
For every one of these floral-scented body lotions sold, Lush donates 100% of the purchase price (minus taxes) to grassroots organizations that support human rights causes, animal protection, and environmental justice.
Not only does South African ceramics brand Wonki Ware make delightful, unique, handmade pottery—the company also makes a point to hire people from disadvantaged communities and gives them training to become artisans in the field.
It’s been another weird year, to say the least, and these colorful cards can help a loved one navigate, understand, and process their emotions. Half of the net proceeds will benefit The Loveland Foundation and its mission to help heal communities of color—focusing on Black women and girls—with therapy, resources, and more.
Carrying a heavy tote bag in one hand and a wriggly baby in the other sounds like a bad idea. A diaper bookbag can keep things balanced while still holding all the essentials (and then some), including a compartment for a laptop, a luggage sleeve, and an insulated pocket for bottles. Part of STATE’s mission is to help children and families in need around the U.S. through bag donations, rallies, and more.
A thoughtful gift for someone who’s looking to dress up their space, this graphic rug from Armadillo is equal parts beautiful, functional, and charitable. The brand has a charitable leg called The Armadillo Foundation where it donates 10 percent of net profits to various charities benefitting young girls around the world; in the U.S., the funds go toward the Los Angeles and New York City chapters of Girls Inc.
Fill your home with the enchanting scent of the pine, fir, and cedar trees from the Sierra Nevadas with this all-natural room spray. Juniper Ridge, an Oakland-based fragrance brand, donates 10 percent of profits to wilderness defense organizations.
Handwoven by a group of talented women in India, this accent pillow features gorgeously detailed stitching. Along with its fair trade practices, The Citizenry invests 10 percent of proceeds back into its partner artisan communities.
Three adorable succulents are planted in a box and ready to display with this precious gift garden. Each purchase provides six months of safe water for one person in the developing world through water.org.
Made with rapeseed oil to soothe and moisturize skin, these organic soaps come in scents like cactus blossom and island mimosa. For every bar sold, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and clean water to a child in need.
This minimalist cutting board is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and made of excess plastic discarded by the kitchenware production process. The best part? Fifty percent of proceeds from the To Pó-Po with Love colorway goes to Heart of Dinner.
This clever subscription lets you to support New Orleans restaurants and small food makers while gifting a tasty box of iconic Louisiana treats in the process. If NOLA isn’t your flavor, try ones from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Miami instead.
It’s hard to make this Oregon-made salami taste better than it already does, but knowing that 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to farmers across the country through the All For Farmers Coalition by Tillamook does the trick.
By purchasing this journal made of leather upcycled from retired airline seat covers donated by Southwest Airlines, you're creating a safe, supportive work opportunity for the survivor of human trafficking who handcrafted it.
For every 100% My Body organic cotton t-shirt sold, Everlane donates 100% percent of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union to help continue its century-long fight to protect fundamental freedoms.
Give the gift of warm, wool-clad feet with this set of four striped pairs of socks—literally. You won’t just be comforting the toes of your lucky recipient—for every pair of these colorful socks sold, Bombas donates a pair to someone experiencing homelessness.
Portable and USB-powered, this compact humidifier is a treat-yourself luxury. As the humidifier rebalances the dry air around you, Hey Dewy donates 10 percent of its sales to clean water initiatives like The Water Project.
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