Presents Packed With Purpose: 32 Ways to Give Back Over the Holidays
Make the season a little more merry and bright with gifts that delight.
Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can, admittedly, be a little daunting. Luckily, there are number of wonderful charities that are making holiday shopping easier than ever, with gifts that your loved ones will cherish and that will help support folks in need around the world.
In honor of Universal Human Rights Month, we've rounded up a few of our favorite gifts that give back to noteworthy causes. Read on to find out how you can ensure that your presents are packed with purpose this year.
Ames and Oates Admiral Flask
Made of stainless steel and wrapped in a chocolate-brown case, this flask is ideal for weekend tailgates or wedding gifts. Better still, 10 percent of proceeds support Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that both builds schools and provides teacher training to ensure students receive a quality education. Get it here for $23.
Want to pamper your loved one but not sure which scents they prefer? The b.a.re. soaps sampler pack is an ideal gift with four handmade bars comprised of natural ingredients. Twenty percent of proceeds go to the Children's Carepoint in Kabermaido, Uganda to help prevent the spread of diseases and illnesses. Get it here for $14.99.
Bloom & Give Crossbody Bag
Start your loved one's day off on the right foot with a crossbody bag that they can easily carry to and from school or work. Half the profits from your purchase will help fund girls' education programs in India. Get it here for $45.
Dsenyo Little Friends Doll
Oh-so-cute and snuggle-proof, these handmade Dsenyo dolls are perfect for the little ones on your list. Not only do they come in 12 designs, but they're also washer/dryer-friendly and help support the economic empowerment of women in Malawi, Zambia. Get it here for $22.
Goodbye, Malaria PJ Pants
Make cuddling on the couch even more cozy with these 100-percent cotton pyjama bottoms. Marked by a citronella flower, which serves as a natural insect repellent, each pair supports African entrepeneurs and directly funds spray programs in Mozambique to reduce malaria. Get them here for $45.
Purpose Jewelry Dish
Help your favorite fashionista keep track of his/her jewelry with this ceramic jewelry dish. Holistic care is provided through International Sanctuary, Purpose Jewelry's non-profit that empowers survivors of sex trafficking with education, health care and counseling. With a sweet message in gold print, this piece serves as a beautiful reminder of the difference your gift is making in the lives of rescued women. Get it here for $15.
LifeStraw Go With Two-Stage Filtration
If you don't have the LifeStraw on your list, you need to add it ASAP. Perfect for those who enjoy hiking or camping in the woods, this water bottle has a straw-style filter that allows its user to turn contaminated water into safe, clean drinking water. For every bottle sold, a child in a developing country receives clean water for a year. Get it here for $44.95.
One World Futbol
Keep the kiddos active outside and help support youth in disadvantaged communities by gifting this ultra-durable soccer ball. Thanks to its bright design, the ball is easy to spot across the field — and makes paying it forward all the more fun. Get it here for $44.50.
Classic Books Coaster Set
Featuring cover art of classic books like Pride and Prejudice, Catch-22, Invisible Man and 1984, this coaster set would make a great gift for an avid reader. Every product purchased sends one book to a community in need, helping to promote literacy. Get it here for $18.
RefuTea Raspberry Refuge
Made of black tea, mango, raspberry pieces and rose petals, this loose-leaf tea provides employment opportunities for refugees in need. Every sip your loved one enjoys truly supports others. Get it here for $6.99.
Sword & Plough Bi-Fold Wallet
Help your loved one keep their cash and cards secure with a brown bi-fold wallet constructed from durable veg-tanned leather. A digi-camo lining adds a unique touch, as well as nods to the veterans whom this gift supports. Get it here for $89.
For the Maker
Causebox, a subscription-based, quarterly gift box, features handmade, upcycled and socially-conscious products. The items inside each box inspire DIYs, crafts and cooking in your home while also empowering artisans around the world with meals, clean water and education. Subscriptions start at $50 per quarter.
For the Music Buff
With the new iPhone 7 losing its headphone jack, a wireless alternative will be a welcome gift this year. And the Bluetooth options from LSTN are gorgeous. We're gushing over the beautiful zebra wood featured in their headphones ($179). Even better? For every item sold, LSTN helps give hearing aids to those in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
For the Dapper
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson founded Tie The Knot with a simple mission: advocate for LGBT equality while looking good. Each quarter, Tie The Knot partners with The Tie Bar to release a series of exclusive, stylish bow ties designed by fellow stars, from Cyndi Lauper to Tim Gunn. Bow ties are $25-35 and $20 of every $25 purchase (or $30/$35) is donated to fight for LGBT civil rights around the world.
For the Adventurer
The outdoor clothing and gear company Cotopaxi is on a mission to erase global poverty by donating proceeds to causes in three specific areas: health, education and livelihood. You can see where your dollars went each year in their impact report posted online. We love the unisex down jackets and durable duffel bags for $120.
For the Caffeine Addict
Laughing Man Coffee, founded by actor Hugh Jackman, is a fair trade coffee company that features ethically-sourced coffee from countries like Ethiopia and Colombia. All profits from the New York City cafe go back to the Laughing Man Foundation, which supports education and social entrepreneurs around the world. Can't make it to NYC? Keurig has partnered with the company and you can order four different single-serve varieties online.
For the Crafter
Any DIYer will appreciate the attention to detail in Ichcha's handmade quilts and tapestries. They'll also appreciate the preservation of skills almost lost forever. Ichcha was created to save the art of block printing, hand weaving and hand embroidering textiles in countries like India, where families are abandoning unique weaving styles for more lucrative trades. Ichcha empowers artisans and the result is beautiful. We love new blankets like this indigo throw or this lotus block print for $200.
For the Wine Snob
Drink for a cause? Yes, really. Each bottle from OneHope Wine benefits a different cause. Varieties of reds, whites and roses range in price from less than $20 to $80. We love the sparkling wine glitter bottles. At $59-69 each, it's a great splurge to ring in the new year. The gold and silver bottles benefit child hunger, the pink glitter benefits breast cancer research, the red bottle benefits heart disease research, and the rainbow glitter funds The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth.
For the Beauty Queen
Subscription box Love Goodly features natural products for a toxin-free beauty routine. Five percent of the proceeds from each box go back to causes like Cure Cervical Cancer. For a one-time gift, Glow for a Cause has a new makeup bag featuring samples of all of their body butters. Five percent of each purchase gives back to non-profits like Cowgirls vs. Cancer.
For the Sports Fan
Play for a cause this holiday season. Athletic outfitter 4Point4 partnered with non-profit streetfootballworld to give back to youth soccer teams and the result is a line of (seriously cool) designer graphic jerseys. Every purchase benefits soccer groups around the world, from India's Shakti Girls Project to Amandla FC in South Africa.
Pura Vida's popular beachy bracelets are already ethically-sourced, provide fair wages for artisans in Costa Rica and give to 1 percent for the planet, meaning the company donates one percent of its annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. But the company goes a step further with a line of bracelets that benefit specific charities. Each bracelet ($5) or stack ($30-$40) features colors that represent a specific cause, from Save the Sea Turtles to U.S. military branches.
For the Teacher
If you haven't heard of Yoobi, the company makes school supplies in a series of bright, fun colors. And for every item you buy, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need in the U.S. They recently rolled out a series of products just for teachers. The hall passes and stickers make a great gift for less than $10.
For the Chocoholic
Seattle Chocolates' motto reads "All you need is love and chocolate," which is also a great motto for the holiday season. For every Jcoco bar purchased, a meal is donated to a food bank. With couture flavors like, Bali Sea Salt Toffee and Veracruz Cayenne Orange, stock up on these for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.
Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season. Animal Rescue Site has adorable clothing and accessories for cats, dogs and pet owners. Proceeds from every purchase provide food and care for rescued animals and you can see exactly how much your purchase funds. This hooded rain coat (around $20) funds 14 bowls of food.
For the Tech-Obsessed
Buying gadgets for people who love gadgets can be tough. Chances are they already have the new, hit product on the market. But any tech-obsessed person will always appreciate extra juice. (RED) recently partnered with Mophie to create exclusive, red-colored phone and tablet chargers and five percent of the net profit will go to The Global Fund to end AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. We love the travel-sized Powerstation Reserve Keychain at about $35.
For People Who Hate Winter
There's always someone on your list who gets a little too excited about fuzzy slipper-socks. Why not bundle them up with a sweater that gives back? Slumlove sweaters and scarves are ethically sourced and produced in Kenya and give scholarships to children living in some of the world's largest slums.