Gifts

23 Unique Gifts That Give Back—For Twice the Joy

How to support a cause while you shop.

October  1, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten

As people around the world struggle with a whole range of pressing issues, the desire to be charitable and share our resources is stronger than ever. Of course, donating directly to a cause and volunteering are both impactful ways to help those in need and improve our planet, but as it turns out, conscious shopping is another way to contribute. Several brands support meaningful causes by pledging to provide resources or donate a portion of profits to organizations and charities. So, if you’re going to spend money on gifts anyway, why not buy things that support these efforts? After all, twice the joy is twice the fun in giving.

To help you buy more meaningful presents for your loved ones, we've gathered 23 beautiful home and kitchen gifts that, in turn, give back. We guarantee your recipient will be doubly thankful.


for the home

1. Bloom & Give Mashama Placemats, $40

10 percent of every purchase of a handloomed textile like these intricate cotton placemats goes directly to girls' education programs in developing countries.

Photo by Bloom & Give

2. Boll & Branch Chunky Knit Throw Blanket, $125

Cozy and soft, this organic cotton chunky knit throw is ideal for a fireside cuddle, while Boll & Branch’s Helping From Home initiative donates pillows and mattresses to emergency medical operations and homeless shelters.

3. The Citizenry Tizu Accent Pillow, $125

Handwoven by a group of talented women in India, this brick-colored 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.

4. Global Goods Partners Handmade Felt Flower Bouquets, from $24

Flora that lasts forever, these eternal felt bouquets are crafted by female artisans in Nepal, using fair-trade practices and helping break the cycle of poverty.

Photo by Julia Gartland

5. Hand in Hand Assorted Bar Soap Set, $22

Made with organic shea and cocoa butters, these sustainably made, vegan soaps come in scents like cactus blossom and citrus grove. For every bar sold, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and supports one month of clean water to a child in need.

6. Lula’s Garden Jewel Garden, $38

Three adorable succulents are planted in a box and ready to display with this precious gift garden that also supports organizations that provide safe access to drinking water.

7. Parachute Washed Linen Tablecloth, $129

This rich, jewel-toned linen tablecloth can dress up any dining room. Plus, Parachute partners with the United Nation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to distribute malaria-prevention bed nets that save lives.

Photo by Parachute

8. Sand Cloud Reef Turkish Towel Bundle, $141

Three ocean-themed, quick-drying Turkish towels come in this beachy set that you can feel good about. 10 percent of Sand Cloud’s profits goes towards marine conservation.

9. Starling Juniper + Saffron Candle, $34

Through the sale of hand-poured scented candles like this sultry, herbaceous beauty, The Starling Project supports UNICEF’s effort to develop solar power systems that supply electricity in countries like Rwanda and Chad.

Photo by Starling Project

10. West Elm x No Kid Hungry Fruit Ornaments, from $9

West Elm teamed up with the nonprofit No Kid Hungry on these cute, woolen apple and strawberry ornaments whose proceeds go to fighting childhood hunger.


for the kitchen

11. Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community, $5.99

Culinary legends like Ina Garten, Dan Barber, Kwame Onwuachi, and Ruth Reichl came together to compile recipes that represent their home cooking in this eBook that benefits the Restaurant Workers' Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

12. inHouse at Home Serving New York Apron, $15

Help New York City restaurant workers as you cook from home with this graphic apron that benefits the Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) and the poverty-fighting Robin Hood fund for employees who have been affected by the pandemic.

13. King Arthur Baking Grandma Pizza Pie Bundle, $79.80

The beloved King Arthur Baking is an entirely employee-owned company, a member of 1% For the Planet, and a frequent donor of leftover baked goods to local hunger relief efforts. Its grandma pizza kit includes all the ingredients for a delicious dinner.

Photo by King Arthur Baking

14. Pottery Barn Goods That Give Back Habitat for Humanity Mug, $14.50

25 percent of the proceeds of this sweet, house-covered mug go to Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that builds homes for families in need of a place to live.

15. Soma Glass Coffee & Tea Brew Bottle, $40

Pour over, cold brew, and loose leaf tea are made incredibly easy with this sleek, glass brew bottle from Soma, a sponsor of Charity: Water to help end the global water crisis.

Photo by Jenny Huang

16. Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag Starter Kit, $86.99

As a member of 1% For the Planet, a portion of proceeds from every Stasher reusable silicone bag sold goes to nonprofits that are dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating oceans. The proceeds of this decked-out kit benefit organizations like Surfrider and 5 Gyres.

17. S’well Sustainable Starter Kit, $64.99

With a bottle, snack container, reusable straws, and stainless steel cutlery, this kit has all the necessary tools for eco-friendly eating on the go. S’well partners with UNICEF to provide clean and safe water to vulnerable communities.

18. Williams Sonoma No Kid Hungry Tools for Change Silicone Spatula by Dolly Parton, $14.95

Another No Kid Hungry collaboration, this bright, butterfly spatula was designed by queen of country, Dolly Parton herself. With a beechwood handle and silicone head, it’s a functional way to help feed children.

Photo by WILLIAMS SONOMA

for you

19. Bombas Merino Wool Tri-Block Calf Socks, $68.40

Give the gift of warm, wool-clad feet with this set of four colorful pairs of socks. You won’t just be comforting the toes of your lucky recipient—for every pair sold, Bombas donates a pair to homeless shelters.

20. Food52 Adjustable Cloth Face Masks, from $22

Everyday cloth masks are a wardrobe staple right now, which is why we teamed up with our Chicago-based textile factory partner to bring fashionable prints straight to you. The best part is 10 percent of the retail price will go to No Kid Hungry.

Photo by Rocky Luten

21. Corkcicle Classic Canteen, $29.95

With this angular, insulated water bottle, you can help Corkcicle further its work with Charity: Water to create access to clean drinking water in developing countries.

22. FEED Animal Pouch Trio, $114

Equally fun and functional, this trio of canvas pouches covered in pandas, elephants, and giraffes provides 30 school meals to hungry children in America.

23. Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier, $39

Portable and USB-powered, this compact humidifier is a futuristic luxury. As the humidifier moisturizes your face, Hey Dewy donates 10 percent of its sales to The Water Project.

Which of these will you bookmark to give—and get? Tell us in the comments.

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Georgia October 1, 2020
Hi, the Parachute table linen doesn't actually seem to give back. Their site says they only donate a net with the purchase of a duvet set. This is misleading
 
Georgia October 1, 2020
Hi, the Parachute table linen doesn't actually seem to give back. Their site says the net donation is only if you buy a duvet set. This is misleading
 
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Morgan G. October 2, 2020
Hi Georgia! Thank you for your concern, but it looks like it is a company-wide initiative.