10 Wedding Gifts That Also Benefit Charitable Causes
Whether for gifting or adding to your own registry, these socially-conscious gifts spread the love by giving back to charities, deserving communities and the environment.
For the Registry
If you're looking for a way to give back at your own wedding, pick a charity that means something to you and include it in your wedding registry. Seeing how many of your guests give and the total impact made will make your special day even more meaningful. You can make it easy for guests to give with online registries such as Blueprint. The site’s registries and wedding websites are so customizable. Just select your cause and link to it through Blueprint along with other items in your registry.
For the Linen Closet
Even luxury gifts can give back. Parachute's bedding features premium Eqyptian cotton and is spun in one of Tuscany's most renowned mills. That's fancy. Better yet? For every Venice Bedding Set sold, Parachute donates one life-saving malaria net to Nothing But Nets.
Buy It: Parachute, $359 - $459
For the Bar Cart
If you’re going to a stock-the-bar wedding shower, check out these sleek accessories from S’well. Yes, that water bottle company! The brand launched a new line of barware including this gorgeous teakwood cocktail kit with a stainless steel shaker, jigger and two tumblers. S’well’s Million Bottle Project is committed to eliminating 100 million single-use plastic bottles by 2020, and last year the company donated S’well bottles to all public high school students in NYC, eliminating 54 million single-use plastic water bottles.
Buy It: S'well, $95.00
For the Next Trip
Shopping for a couple on the go? The Nap Pillow from Casper is the perfect size for travel and it comes in a compact case. A pair of these probably isn’t on the gift registry but will be well appreciated for jet setters! Plus, for the (RED) edition, 15% of the proceeds go to efforts to fight AIDS through the Global Fund.
Buy It: Amazon, $35.00
For the music lovers, check out this sleek Bluetooth speaker from LSTN. The mini speakers are handcrafted from real wood and boast more than 10 hours of battery life. Even better--for every speaker sold, LSTN provides hearing aids to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Buy It: Amazon, $99.99
For the Wedding Party
Gifting wedding parties as a thank you is becoming more and more common for couples to budget into their wedding plans. Why not make an impact with these small gifts? The Giving Keys is a jewelry company dedicated to creating employment opportunities for people transitioning out of homelessness. Their necklaces, bracelets, keychains etc., are hand-engraved by a staffer learning a trade and transitioning out of homelessness. We love these dainty initial pendants for a bridal party or mother-of-the-bride gift.
Buy It: The Giving Keys, $48.00
For the Cupboard
Plates, utensils and drinkware are some of the most common items gifted at weddings, and Williams Sonoma is a coveted name on registries. These chic, handcrafted (and microwavable!) mugs support No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end childhood hunger in America.
For the Next Adventure
The Roo double hammock from Kammok is the perfect wedding present for an outdoorsy couple. The hammock features a super-soft, light-weight fabric and packs down into a tiny, water-resistant case for travel. This double hammock also has double the impact because Kammok donates 1% of its revenue to a youth outdoor mentorship program, and the online retailer that sells it, United by Blue, removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every item sold.
Buy It: United by Blue, $99.00
For a Dinner Party
Shop for the greater good--literally--on GreaterGood.com. The store curates homewares and gifts with proceeds supporting an array of important causes, from disaster relief to reforesting threatened habitats. We love these ramen noodle bowls with a chopstick rest. The ceramic bowls come in 10 different patterns, so you could order one of each for a funky, boho entertaining set.
Buy It: Greater Good, $14.95
For the Favors
Instead of bottle openers or koozies, surprise your guests with a wedding favor that gives back. These tiny tree favors from the Arbor Day Foundation support reforestation efforts across the country as well as preservation of rainforests around the world. The tiny trees look great in reception tablescapes and, depending on where you live, you can choose between spruce or pine varieties.
Buy It: Arbor Day Foundation, $4.00