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 29, 2022

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.

$44.95 (Set of 3)

Keep your toes toasty and warm while supporting a good cause this winter with this festive holiday dog sock set. Conscious Step promises to give back to Best Friends Animal Society which provides a safe, no-kill shelter for thousands of pups and advocates for eight million companion animals in shelters annually. A portion of your purchase goes towards supplying these deserving doggies with food, health services and forever home adoption opportunities.

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$35 $28

Support the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for research and treatment options for pediatric cancer with this whimsical winter snow globe. The charming tchotchke brightens any side table or bookshelf. With just a quick shake, glittering snowflakes will fall onto the adorable little snowman. And, the best part: West Elm is donating 50 percent of this purchase to St Jude’s, up to $225,000.

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$150 $120

Spoil your sister or yourself and support maternal health at the same time with this dreamy perfume oil set from Lunar Gardens. Each oil bundle includes three divine scents to boost your mental and emotional well-being, including sweet sunshine, midnight melody and over the moon. Lunar Garden gives back $2 for each purchase to Every Mother Counts, an organization that aims to make pregnancy childbirth safe for mothers everywhere.

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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 this beautiful doormat, rainbow towels and four unique coffee mugs.

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Celebrate the season with a hot cup of coffee that benefits dogs everywhere. This whimsical tumbler from Ground & Hounds Coffee Co. boasts beautiful illustrations celebrating dogs of all shapes and sizes. 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 funded 3.3 million shelter meals, donated 18,500 toys, paid for 885 spay and neuter surgeries and provided funding for 3,400 micro-chips.

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$57 (Set of 3)

You know that beauty-obsessed bestie on your list? Snag this makeup set for them this holiday season. The build-your-own set includes three cruelty-free makeup items of your choice. But, even better: Thrive Causemetics pays it forward, helping causes including cancer, domestic abuse, homelessness, veterans, social justice, marginalized youth, education and LGBTQIA+ rights.

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$96 (Set of 4)

Protect the honeybees and your skin in one fell swoop with this luxurious Queen Bee Body Butter Gift Set. Each set includes four rich body butters in four decadent scents: rosemary and lavender, chamomile and lavender, tupelo honey and the original formula. Each gift set purchase supports beekeepers and The Bee Cause Project, a non-profit organization that engages students with STEAM-based education and educational beehives.

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$19.99 $18.99

'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 17.3 million bars of soap, 18 million gallons of water and serves 25 countries. The set comes with four fragrances: cactus blossom, island mimosa, poppy and sea salt. Bonus: The soaps are made with environmentally-conscious materials.

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Join the fight for human rights for all with the 100% Human Crew shirt from Everlane. This sleek t-shirt comes in black or white and 10 percent of each purchase goes towards the ACLU, which advocates for civil liberties issues like LGBTQIA+, racial justice, reproductive freedom, disability rights and criminal law reform.

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$24.95 (Set of 2)

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 matching spatulas to round out the set.

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$29.95 $17.97

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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$60 $30

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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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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$38 (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) $19.96

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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From $70

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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$38 $21.99

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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