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.
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.
Looking for the ultimate gift that’s good for the environment and the soul? The reBoard cutting board from Material checks out. The aptly named reBoard has a fresh, contemporary design that your favorite home chef will look forward to displaying on their counter. The sleek-meets-sustainable boards are available in five fresh colorways and made entirely of renewable sugarcane and recycled plastic. Now, for the heart-warming bit: 50 percent of the profits made goes to Heart of Dinner. This organization supports NYC-based Asian American seniors with care packages complete with nutritious lunches, fresh produce and a handwritten note in their native language every Wednesday.
Give your best friend this fashionable reminder of the importance of performing monthly breast self-exams with this tri-layer necklace from the Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi collection. The dainty necklace comes in silver or 14k gold over brass and features three layered chains with a circle, oval and rectangle crystal pendant. The versatile design is guaranteed to be their new go-to accessory for elevating casual and date night outfits alike. And, our favorite part: Kendra Scott is donating 20 percent of the purchase of this necklace to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $185,000.
Spoil your dog-ter or beloved grand-pup with the Walk Kit from Wild One. The wag-worthy bundle comes in 13 statement-making shades and includes a cushioned harness forged from performance materials, plus a matching nylon leash and poop bag carrier. Each harness features three leash attachment locations for unmatched control and is made with performance materials for durability and easy maintenance. Ready for more tail-wagging good news? Every purchase from Wild One supports efforts to combat animal abandonment and support rescue and foster pups on their journey towards their fur-ever home through these organizations: Black Dog Animal Rescue, Badass Animal Rescue, Houston Pets Alive and The Labelle Foundation.
Support the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for research and treatment options for pediatric cancer with these whimsical and wintry holiday coasters. Each set includes four white stoneware coasters adorned with vibrantly-clad skiers. And, the best part: West Elm is donating 50 percent of this purchase to St Jude’s, up to $230,000.
Treat the tot in your life to this cozy-and-cuddly NAACP Give Back Teddy Bear from Pottery Barn Kids. The classic sherpa bear comes dressed to impress in a cream knit sweater adorned with a neutral brown rainbow to honor all shades of brown. Each teddy purchase will support the NAACP’s mission towards equity and racial justice nationwide. Pottery Barn Kids promises to donate 30 percent of your purchase price to the NAACP to aid their efforts of creating equality, including climate, economy, education, health care and criminal justice.
Spoil your loved ones and support the LGBTQIA+ community with a pair of these iconic rainbow-heart pajamas for the whole family. The long-sleeved sets are made from organic cotton and feature crisp-white cuffs for a tailored look. The love-inspired design comes in adult, youth and baby – encouraging allyship (and coziness!) for all ages. And, perhaps the best part? Pottery Barn Kids promises to donate 25 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.
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.
Give your niece or nephew a huggable friend this holiday season with a cuddle + kind plush animal. Each doll is hand-knit for heirloom quality and comes with its own birthday and personality to help your little one connect for imaginative play. Scoop up Fawn the Deer pictured here (perfect for the Christmas season!) and explore other animals to grow their cuddly collection. For each doll purchased, cuddle + kind donates 10 healthy meals to children in need and, to date, the company has provided over 25 million meals to kids in 64 countries worldwide.
The homebody in your life will love lounging fireside wrapped in this chic chunky-knit throw. Each cotton-blend blanket is handcrafted by artisans in India and features contrasting cream and charcoal yarn for an eye-catching, dimensional design. A tassel fringe border rounds out the throw for maximum coziness and a touch of bohemian flair. Even better? West Elm promises a portion of the purchase price to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Add an extra-special spatula to your home chef’s stocking this year. Williams Sonoma’s No Kid Hungry collection features four unique, celebrity-designed spatulas 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? Add a direct donation for No Kid Hungry to your cart before checking out with the rest of your holiday goodies.
From temperature-controlled coffee mugs to cozy weighted blankets, these trendy yet thoughtful gift ideas are perfect for anyone and everyone on your list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.