20 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts That Give Back

The only thing better than giving the perfect gift is knowing you’re supporting an important cause at the same time.

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November 18, 2021

It’s more important than ever to give back to our communities and beyond this year, and we’ve made it easy to do so with our curated list of gifts that give back. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stocking stuffer for your kids or a cozy buy for the homebody in your life, there’s something for everyone. Support the causes closest to your heart and spoil your loved ones for the holiday season with these charitable gift picks below.

Treat your farmers market maven to a gorgeous tote to kick off the holiday season. Your purchase of this cotton shoulder bag will support the NAACP's mission towards equity and racial justice across the country. Each tote boasts a beautiful neutral rainbow motif in five unique brown shades. Williams Sonoma promises a donation of 50 percent of each tote purchased to the NAACP to aid in creating equality, including climate, economy, education, health care and criminal justice.

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From $160 (Set of 6)

Snag this stemware set for yourself this year — you deserve it. The sleek wine glasses feature a modern silhouette and eye-catching rosy finishes that will earn you compliments year-round. So go ahead, clink these beautiful hand-blown wine glasses across your Christmas table and sip in good spirits, knowing that your purchase benefits farmers across the country. Each wine glass set goes towards American Farmland Trust to support the farming industry.

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The homebody in your life will love lounging fireside in this buttery-soft Sherpa pom-pom throw. Each blanket features a teddy bear texture and comes in your choice of alabaster, sable or silver. Even better? West Elm promises a portion of the profit of your purchase price to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Spoil the skincare guru on your list with The Giving Back Pack from clean beauty brand Farmacy Beauty. Not only does the four-piece skincare bundle include everything they need to combat their winter skin this season, but it fights hunger at the same time. Farmacy promises 20 meal donations for families in need to Feeding America with each purchase of the holiday kit.

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Add to your daughter’s puzzle collection and elevate her bedroom walls in one fell swoop with the Helping Hands puzzle from Minted. The 12-piece puzzle boasts a striking illustration of five hands holding whimsical white blooms against a warm, golden backdrop. Each puzzle comes with a keepsake box and bag, and profits from each purchase go directly to supporting safe pregnancy and childbirth through the non-profit organization Every Mother Counts.

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Celebrate the season in a comfy sweatshirt that benefits dogs everywhere. The soft, slouchy sweatshirt is available in sizes S-XXL and comes in your choice of charcoal or maroon. The best part? Grounds & Hounds Coffee donates 20 percent of all profits to help fund dog rescue initiatives across the country. To date, Ground & Hounds has supported more than 350 rescue organizations, funded 2.2 million shelter meals and aided in 3,250+ rescue pup transfers.

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From $50

You know the hard-to-shop-for guy on your list? This one is for him. Or anyone, really. The Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet comes with up to six sausages wrapped in kraft paper and tied with a red bow befitting the holiday season. The crème de la crème? Ten percent of the purchase price for each bouquet is donated to support farmers nationwide through the non-profit American Farmland Trust.

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Add an extra-special tea towel set to your home chef’s stocking this year. Williams Sonoma’s No Kid Hungry collection features four unique, celebrity-designed towel sets to choose from, and 30 percent of their retail price is donated to No Kid Hungry to fight childhood hunger. Want to make more of an impact? The No Kid Hungry collection also features 13 matching spatulas to round out the set.

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Does your sister actually need another plant to take care of in her life? No. Will she be grateful you bought her three more anyway? Yes! The Jewel Garden from Lula’s Garden comes with three pre-planted fresh succulents nestled in a ready-to-display planter gift box. Plus, each garden sold provides six months of safe drinking water through the non-profit program Water.org.

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You can never have too many coffee mugs. Treat your coffee date to an artful porcelain mug that supports a small, woman-owned business and combats childhood hunger. West Elm promises to donate 25 percent of the retail price for each mug purchased to No Kid Hungry between September 7 and December 31, 2021.

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Spoil the caffeine fiend in your family with this sleek Soma glass coffee and tea brew bottle this Christmas. They’ll be over the moon with their morning cup o’ joe, and you will feel great knowing that you are supporting Soma, a sponsor of Charity: Water. The non-profit organization works tirelessly to bring clean drinking water to the areas of the world that need it most.

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$35 (Set of 4)

Keep your favorite kiddo’s feet festive and warm this winter with the Bombas Holiday Sock Set. The set includes four vibrant color-blocked socks with a Fair Isle snowflake motif perfect for the season ahead. The sweetest part? Bombas donates one pair of socks to homeless shelters for each pair of socks purchased.

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$24.95 (Set of 4)

Celebrate and support love with this cheerful rainbow-striped towel set. Williams Sonoma promises to donate 50 percent of the purchase price for these towels to support the efforts of The Trevor Project. The non-profit organization works to provide crucial crisis intervention and suicide prevention for vulnerable LGBTQIA+ youth.

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Support female artisans in Nepal and permanently brighten your mom’s kitchen table at the same time with a bundle of everlasting felt blooms. The handcrafted posies are sold solo or in various, eye-catching bouquets to the lucky recipient’s interior style. Bonus: The handmade flowers are fair trade, allowing you to feel confident with your purchase.

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Sip hot cocoa for a good cause with these darling cat and dog holiday mugs. West Elm promises to donate to the ASPCA for every mug purchased this Christmas. Benefit the animal welfare organization with your choice of five furry mug designs. Feeling more charitable this year? Snag a set of two or four mugs to enjoy with family throughout the holiday season.

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Give your BFF a stylish reminder to embrace positivity every day with this gold-plated "optimism" necklace from ban.do. They’ll love how the minimalist necklace is easy to dress up or down and looks chic solo or layered with other chains. Ban.do will donate a portion of proceeds to Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes girls' development through one-on-one mentorships and researched-based programs.

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The key to personal happiness is giving back to those around you. Purchase this darling and dainty key necklace from The Giving Keys to support their effort to end homelessness. Each necklace purchased through The Giving Keys helps create jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness. The timeless necklace comes in a gold, silver or rose gold finish and features your choice of three uplifting engraved phrases.

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Support the efforts of the Black Lives Matter Global Network with the purchase of this symbolic necklace. The empowering design makes a welcome addition to any jewelry collection, and 100 percent of the profit made from this necklace is donated directed to the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Each necklace comes in a gold-filled, sterling silver or rose gold finish and can be customized with personal engravings upon request.

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Spoil your loved ones and support the LGBTQIA+ community by shopping The Future Is Bright collection at Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma promises to donate 50 percent of the retail price from the collection to The Trevor Project to aid in their mission to provide suicide and crisis prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth. The Future Is Bright collection features an array of gift options, like rainbow towels and four unique coffee mugs.

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$19.99 (Pack of 4)

'Tis the season to treat your inner circle to some fancy bar soap. The Hand in Hand Assorted Bar Soap Set is a must-have on your holiday shopping list because, with every purchase, Hand in Hand provides soap and clean water to children in need around the world. To date, the brand has donated 13.8 million bars of soap, 120K gallons of water, built and repaired 31 wells, and serve 23 countries. The set comes with four fragrances: cactus blossom, fragrance-free, poppy and lavender. Bonus: The soaps are made with environmentally-conscious materials.

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