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

Photo by: Goodbye Malaria

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

Photo by: RefuTea


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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