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.

Presents Packed With Purpose, Second

Presents Packed With Purpose, Second

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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

Admiral Flask

Admiral Flask

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Ames and Oates

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.

b.a.r.e. soaps

b.a.r.e. soaps sampler pack

b.a.r.e. soaps sampler pack

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b.a.r.e. soaps

Want to pamper your loved one but not sure which scents they prefer? The 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

Anvi Crossbody Bag

Anvi Crossbody Bag

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Bloom and Give

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

Little Friends Fox

Little Friends Fox

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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

Printed Pajamas

Printed Pajamas

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Goodbye Malaria

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

Purpose Jewelry Dish

Purpose Jewelry Dish

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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

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

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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

One World Futbol

One World Futbol

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Family Circle

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

Literary Coasters

Literary Coasters

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Out of Print Clothing

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

Raspberry Tea

Raspberry Tea

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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

Leather Wallet

Leather Wallet

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Sword and Plough

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.

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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.

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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.

Photo By: LSTN

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.

Photo By: Tie the Knot

For the Foodie

Any cook will enjoy unwrapping the specialty olive oils and vinegars from Oliovera. The batches come from small, sustainable farms in California and most bottles are around $20. For every order, the company donates 11 meals to Feeding America.

Photo By: Oliovera

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 duffle bags for $120.

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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.

Photo By: Laughing Man

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 dreamy delight, the Baagh Dark Indigo Throw for $275.00.

Photo By: Ichcha

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. 

Photo By: One Hope Wine

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.

Photo By: Love Goodly

For the Fashionista

The trendy accessories at Live FashionABLE range from gorgeous leather totes ($178) to dainty stacking rings starting at $15. Every item is hand-crafted by women and creates jobs for women overcoming addiction and homelessness.

Photo By: Live Fashionable

For the Traveler

Even the most on-the-go travelers need a couple of home decor pieces. Check out the Unicef Market and shop more than 8,000 handmade items around the world, from knickknacks to linens. All items give back to global artisans and you can see which countries benefit from each item.

Photo By: Unicef Market

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.

Photo By: 4point4

For the Little Ones

With every purchase from Bears for Humanity, a teddy bear is donated to a child in need. Choose from soft, organic cotton bears or lovable animal pals like a turtle or puppy. Prices vary from $25-45. 

Photo By: Bears for Humanity

For Kids

Out of Print has a line of adorable T-shirts featuring beloved children's book titles. Sizes range from two to 10 years and most styles are $20 or less. Every purchase helps fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.

Photo By: Out of Print

For Teens

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.

Photo By: Pura Vida

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. 

Photo By: Yoobi

For the Animal Lover

The World Wildlife Fund has giving options to make a donation in someone's name or make a donation and select a thank-you gift. Each donation helps protect threaten species and their habitats. We love these colorful beach towels at $55. 

Photo By: World Wildlife Fund

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.

Photo By: Seattle Chocolate

For Pets

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.

Photo By: Animal Rescue Site

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.

Photo By: RED

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.

Photo By: Slum Love

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