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‘Tis the season for spending time with friends and family, giving, and receiving. Another important consideration this season? Giving back.
Of course there’s never been a better year to make charitable donations to help aid in the fights against injustice and support others in need. But if giving an actual gift is a non-negotiable, there are tons of companies working hard to make the world a better place and using your thoughtful purchases to help.
We’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring philanthropic brands to provide you with a list of gifts that give back—ones you’ll feel as good about giving as they will about getting. From feeding folks in need to providing dignified employment to women across the globe, these brands are working hard to make a difference.
Shop our favorite gifts that give back this holiday season!
Not only does the kid-friendly dishware from Ahimsa make any table brighter, the stainless steel construction ensures it’s totally free of nasties as well. Unlike plastic which is harmful to both people and the planet, it’s a durable material that keeps harmful chemicals from making their way into mealtime. This sweet set includes a complete place setting that’s great for little ones 12 months and up.
How they give back: Through a partnership with the Indianapolis-based Patachou Foundation, Ahimsa donates 1% of all sales to programs dedicated to serving healthy food and teaching healthy habits to children who need it the most.
The next best thing to slipping your foot into a cloud! Made from sheep shearling, these sandal slippers from Manitobah are as well-made as they are cozy. The weather-proof sole means you can even wear them to get the mail, dash to yoga, pick up the kids, grocery shop…listen, we’re not here to judge. They’re too comfortable to leave behind!
How they give back: With Indigenous communities at the heart of everything they do, Manitobah has been making an impact for over 25 years. Their Indigenous Market is filled with beautiful products that help keep traditions alive while also providing Indigenous artists with 100% of profits.
The best diaper bags are the ones that don’t scream “I’m a diaper bag!” Case in point?The Momkindess Carry All Tote Trio. Not only does it hold everything she needs on her travels with a brilliant 3-in-1 design that consists of a tote, organizer and removable diaper clutch (for when you just need the essentials!), it’s also made from stylish and easy-to-clean glazed canvas—so she won’t have to stress about the inevitable spills. And if you want to make the gift even more unique, check out their gorgeous woven straps that allow it to be carried as a shoulder bag or backpack.
How they give back: A portion of proceeds from every purchase is donated to Every Mother Counts to help bring safe, respectful maternity care to mothers everywhere.
Kids Crafts• $29.99
The LeadHER craft kits from Kids Crafts each tell the story of a legendary leader through an inspiring DIY project that’s perfect for kids ages 8 and up. Inside each kit they’ll find a short bio of the trailblazer of choice along with a related craft that gets their gears turning. From a punch needle “nah.” wall hanging that encourages them to be brave like Rosa Park to a water bottle decorating kit that inspires them to care like Greta Thunberg, each kit is certain to empower and inspire.
How they give back: This small women-owned business gives back in a big way by donating a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations that empower girls across the globe.
Between their give back mission, super cool styles and all around top-notch quality, STATE totally nails the bag game–and their new line of kids’ fanny packs is no exception. With enough space for the essentials and two ways to carry, you might even steal this one for yourself sometimes.
How they give back: Supporting American kids in need is at the core of everything STATE does. Throughout the year they donate fully-packed backpacks to bag drop rallies, and fund initiatives that help shed light on social injustices across the country.
Alltruists creates monthly volunteer and giving projects that the entire family can participate in–right from your own kitchen table. Each Impact Kit is curated around a central theme like homelessness, hunger or saving the bees and presents them in a way that informs and empowers even the youngest members of the family. To take it one step further, each purchase includes a donation to a related charity or organization. Talk about a gift that gives back!
Smash + Tess x Brunette the Label• $65
Philanthropy with a heaping helping of empowerment? We’ll take it. Made by the romper mavens at Smash + Tess in collaboration with Brunette the Label, these cozy “Who Run the World” sweatshirts are the kind of twinning we just can’t help rocking whenever possible.
Prices start at $65.
How they give back: 20% of proceeds from the Who Run The World Collection will be donated to One Girl Can—a Canadian and Kenyan registered non-profit organization breaking the cycle of poverty and working to achieve gender equality through education and mentorship.
Tentree• $Prices Vary
Anything you purchase from Tentree is a win all around. Their leggings are some of the best around (seriously, I’ve tested a bazillion) and the quality is outshined only by their commitment to sustainability. Each piece is ethically made from recycled and eco-friendly fabrics and with something for every member of the family, it’s a one stop shop this holiday season.
How they give back: Sustainability is at the root of everything for Tentree. As the name suggests, they plant ten trees for every purchase and to date, have planted an impressive 65+ million trees, with a goal to plant 1 billion trees by 2030. Additionally, each and every item they produce is done so in an ethical factory with fair, safe working conditions.
The fun recycled and organic cotton socks from Hippy Feet make the perfect stocking stuffer. (A little on the nose, but what can we say?) They’ve got a ton of great patterns including some limited edition patterns created by amazing artists like Bill Crisafi and Alli Garcia.
How they give back: 50% of profits are donated to non-profit organizations that are serving homeless youth. And because the planet matters too, Hippy Feet uses sustainable materials whenever possible and is partnered with EcoCart to offset emissions incurred with every order.
Welly bottles are perfect for the reluctant hydrator in your life. For one thing, they’re stylish enough to convince anyone to carry it around. But more importantly, they come with a removable infuser for brewing tea or infusing water with fruit. Consider it the gift of good habits.
How they give back: Over 785 million people live in areas that struggle to provide clean water. In support, Welly donates 1% of all sales to charity, bringing wells and other long-lasting clean water solutions to communities worldwide. Additionally, they are currently donating 10% of sales of Rose bottles to METAvivor to fund metastatic breast cancer research.
Starfish Kids• $Prices Vary
The mix-and-match styles of Starfish Kids’ sustainable basics make getting dressed easy-peasy. The sustainable fabrics are super soft and each piece is made with an attention to detail that ensures it will last through multiple hand-me-downs. What’s better than that?
How they give back: Starfish Kids donates a portion of every purchase to Cradles to Crayons, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive- at home, at school, and at play.
Boon Supply• $9.99
Raising the next Sara Blakely? This thoughtful little kit is the gift that keeps on giving. Designed by two entreprenuers, it’s based on the curriculum of their non-profit Girls Crushing It, a 501(c) organization that has educated more than 1,000 girls since 2018. The cards and stickers walk through the process of starting a business–from identifying a market need and finding the ideal customer, to finding eco-friendly alternatives to commonly used business supplies, and even managing their earnings!
How they give back: Boon’s climate-neutral philanthropic marketplace is packed with gorgeous products and experiences from brands that do good. What’s more, each purchase made on Boon Supply sends money to the cause of your choice.
I’ve been thoroughly obsessed with Piccolina since discovering their Trailblazer tees a couple years ago. Not only do they feature some of the most incredibly inspiring female role models—from Malala to Katherine Johnson—but the brand’s entire mission makes me want to give them out Oprah-style. How can you argue with this? “Everything we make lets young girls know from the time they are toddlers that there is no limit on what is interesting, aspirational or achievable in life!” I’ll take one of everything, thanks.
How they give back: A portion of proceeds from this gorgeous print by Leah Duncan will go to GLSEN and its mission to ensure that LBGTQIA+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
I know, I know. Gifting kids socks is a one way ticket to Snoozeville–but what do babies know? They play with recycling. Also, it’s a scientific fact that Bombas socks are the best socks on the planet for tiny feet. They actually stay on! They’re also super warm and last forever.
How they give back: Bombas one-to-one program gives a pair to someone in need for every pair sold. They work with shelters, nonprofits, and organizations dedicated to helping homeless, in-need, and at-risk communities to help make meaningful donations across the US.
Filed under “the gift they never knew they needed,” Nomadix towels are a slam dunk for nearly everyone on your list. They’re ideal for trips to the beach since they’re sand-resistant and quick-drying (no more whining over wet, clammy towels!) and their lightweight packability means you can toss them in your bag and be ready for anything. Even better? They’re made from recycled plastic bottles!
How they give back: A portion of each National Parks towel sale will be donated to protecting our natural places through Conservation Alliance. Nomadix is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which commits them to donating 1% of their sales—not just profits—to environmental causes. Is there a particular park they’re partial to? Opt for one of their towels inspired by some of the greatest hits.
Parker Clay• $168
The durable, made-to-last leather goods from Parker Clay seem to get better with age. (Just like you, right?) All their styles are timeless and versatile but our current fave is the Soto Belt Bag which keeps your hands free when chasing toddlers, but looks chic crossbody or on your waist when you’re not. (And that contrast zipper?! Be still my heart.)
How they give back: In addition to sustainably sourcing their leather from local Ethiopian providers, Parker Clay’s Ethiopian factories employ at-risk women and provide them a safe work environment and livable wage. Through their employment, they’re also given opportunities to learn and develop new skills and advance their careers.
Caylan Wax Co.• $65
Nothing can cozy up a space like a good candle. And when it comes to Caylan Wax Co., they’re all good. So instead of choosing just one, grab The Dignity Series Gift Collection instead. It includes six of their best sellers, each a rich luxurious scent that’s poured into a gorgeous matte glass vessel and made from soy wax in Texas. When you’ve used up the candle, they make perfect bathroom jars!
How they give back: On a mission to “bring light into a dark world,” Caylan Wax Co. donates 5% of revenue to trusted and vetted non-profits that bring hope and healing to survivors of trafficking.
The colorful wool slippers form NAUSENI are hand felted into one seamless piece by female artisans in Nepal. And since they’re made with 100% wool felt (and a Himalayan buffalo suede leather sole), they’re comfortable all year round.
How they give back: Socially conscious and sustainable, NAUSENI was created to employ women in Nepal who survived the devastating 2015 earthquake. Through crafting slippers inspired by their cultural heritage and awe-inspiring landscape, the brand has given them a way to rebuild and support their families with their own hands.
I’m a firm believe that Santa does not deal in live animals (so no puppies for Christmas at my house) but gifts that help save them? All for it. The simple beaded bracelets from Fahlo come with a real animal to track. (No, you don’t get a turtle on your doorstep–sorry.) Instead, each purchase comes with a photo card that tells you the “adopted” animal’s name, size and where they came from and exclusive access to their tracking map so you can follow their adventures in real time.
How they give back: The brand works in partnership with a variety of well known organizations (Save the Elephants, The Sea Turtle Conservancy, etc.) that raise awareness and provide protection for threatened and endangered species. A portion of all proceeds is donated to their efforts.
Seattle Chocolate• $60.99
Got a sweet tooth on your list? The decadent chocolate from women-owned Seattle Chocolate is a no-brainer. This holiday gift box is filled with a variety of their dreamy seasonal truffle bars like hot buttered rum and winter orange spice, along with a collection of smaller truffles and a candy cane sweater lollipop. (It’s a great mix of milk and dark chocolate for families who can’t pick a side, too!)
How they give back: Seattle Chocolate donates 10% of net profits to Girls, Inc., inspiring girls everywhere to be their boldest brightest selves.
If you’re serious about your coffee (who’s not?) you know that freshness makes all the difference. The sleek stainless steel container from Miir features an accordion-style seal that compresses to push out oxygen and lock in flavor.
How they give back: Every MiiR product sold helps fund giving projects (which at the time of writing exceeded $3.8 million dollars) which you can track on their site with your own personal code. Get updates on your impact and additional volunteer opportunities for the project your dollars have helped!
The gorgeous and sustainable cork yoga mats from Scoria World provide a thick, cushy surface for yoga, meditation, and/or taking a quiet moment to ponder this week’s existential crisis. They provide excellent traction when you work up a sweat and even offer some super adorable kid versions for the mini yogis who want in on the good vibes.
How they give back: Each mat purchased helps support life-skills and healthy living education for Indigenous youth in Canada through a partnership with Right To Play.
Dare to Roam
Dare to Roam’s collection of colorful goods has something to offer everyone on your list. From their rad backpacks in grown up and kiddo sizes to their super rad unisex shacket, the ethically-produced pieces are made to last and make an impact.
How they give back: With each product purchased, Dare to Roam donates 3% to the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson to fight poverty through education—empowering youth to lead with a “why not you” attitude.
Pottery With A Purpose• $65
Female-founded and female run, Pottery With a Purpose offers a thoughtfully curated line of eco-conscious DIY clay sculpting kits that make it easy for anyone to access the creative and calming benefits of “clay time.” With everything you need to craft and paint simple a pinch pot, planter or sculpture (no kiln necessary), it’s the perfect gift for someone who needs a quiet and reflective outlet.
How they give back: Each quarter Pottery With a Purpose donates a percentage of all proceeds to a top nationwide initiative or non-profit organization working to advance the world of mental health.
Akola is a female-founded, globally-inspired jewelry brand, offering beautiful designs handcrafted by women in Uganda using locally-sourced sustainable materials. And while it’s hard to pick a favorite, rest assured the bracelets look just as stunning on their own as they do in a stack.
How they give back: Akola directly employs some of the most at-risk women in the entire world, previously lacking a dependable source of income with no support system. Akola works with each woman to unlock her skills and spark her individual confidence, capital, community, and power. Akola’s nonproft partner, Akola Academy, helps take this impact even further. After a woman is employed through Akola, she is given access to the Academy’s holistic curriculum of programs including leadership and financial literacy training. These programs give her skills that are proven to effectively drive long-term economic empowerment and poverty alleviation for her as an individual, her dependents, and community.
Motherly's Digital Classes• $25
This is it, mama! This is the class we wish we had when we were first pregnant. Every pregnancy and every birth is different — but you were made for this moment. This class is here to guide you through your journey to becoming mama, from the very first trimester, through your postpartum experience — our comprehensive guide for your pregnancy journey.
How they give back: Motherly has connected with several woman-focused charitable organizations throughout the country with clients in need of birth education. For every birth class that is purchased on our site, we give a class to one of these women in need, along with access to top tier support if they need it. Buy one, give one!
A version of this article was published November 29, 2021. It has been updated.