As we head into the holidays this year, getting into the spirit might feel like quite the slog. Between processing an endlessly stressful news cycle, raising our voices to effect social and racial justice and living in a pandemic, tying up another pair of pajamas with a cheery red bow feels, well, kind of off.
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 from the Motherly Shop and around the internet to provide you with a list of gifts that give back—ones you'll feel as good about giving as they will about getting.
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.
Celebrate the empowering momentum of female change makers with this simple screen printed tote, made by New American women through the Treetops Collective. An affordable gift that stands for something and gives back? Win, win.
How they give back: Treetops Collective mission is to "connect New American women with people and opportunities in their new community so they can put their roots down deep and stand tall for generations to come." Through their makerspace in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they provide community and creative support along with financial sustainability to their New American neighbors.
Possibly the softest blankets on the planet, Little Giraffe's high-quality textiles are the kind Linus could only dream of. They comfort and soothe while holding up to all the washes, creating an heirloom in the making.
How they give back: For every Luxe Heart Army Blanket sold, Little Giraffe donates one blanket to a baby or child in need.
While there's a pair of Bombas for every family member, we're currently obsessed with their colorful Sesame Street collab. The toddler style features grippy tread to keep tumbles to a minimum and the smart, seamless toe means less whining about discomfort.
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.
Tired of athleisure yet? Us too. Equally (if not more) comfortable and far more sophisticated, the cocoon dress is a worthy alternative. Lucky recipients can dress this gorgeous number up or down in any season given its luxurious double cloth cotton and rich inky black hue.
How they give back: Each Tribe Alive garment is made by women around the world who are paid fair wages. By contributing to women's financial growth opportunities, Tribe Alive increases the opportunities available to generations.
A snuggly teddy bear is a classic gift that's sure to delight the little ones in your life. We love the heirloom quality of this fella from the beloved Bunnies by the Bay which is ready to be carted around for years to come.
How they give back: From the beginning, Bunnies by the Bay has recognized the importance of lending a helping hand. That means for over three decades they've given a portion of sales to charities that benefit children and families.
Newborn Wash + Moisturize Gift Set
Through working with chemists who specialize in natural and holistic skin care, Noodle and Boo has developed exclusive formulas that nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate, eczema-prone and sensitive skin. This highly gift-able set includes the Newborn 2-in-1 hair and body wash and the Super Soft lotion in their signature, obsession-worthy fresh scent. (It's the closest thing to bottling up "baby smell" we've ever found!)
How they give back: A significant portion of Noodle & Boo's profit is set aside for children's charities. Each month they make donations to St. Jude Children's hospital, Keep a Child Alive, Compassion and Save the Children.
As delicious as they are stylish, the custom-blended olive oils from Brightland are sourced from family-owned California farms and bottled without any added fillers or preservatives. Their interesting and innovative blends feature basil and lemon enhanced varieties along with this vibrant and spicy pair. Consider your foodie friends covered.
How they give back: 100% of proceeds from this awesome collab go to The Slow Factory Foundation to help support their mission of building community and growing global movements through education.
I've been thoroughly obsessed with Piccolina since discovering their Trailblazer tees last year. Not only do they feature some of the most incredibly inspiring female role models—from RBG 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: 100% of net proceeds from this shirt will be donated to the National CARES Mentoring Movement to help further their mission of eliminating intergenerational poverty within the Black community.
Stylish, sustainable and made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, this timeless set is ready for play time, nap time and whatever happens in between.
How they give back: Since babies outgrow their clothes so quickly, All the Babies offers the option to send back your gently used all the babies clothing, so they can hand deliver each piece to a baby in need.
Gifting a puzzle has been a safe bet for secret santa's and distant family members for ages, but with a Covid-related resurgence, we're calling them a 2020 hit. Not only does this one accurately depict our mood, but its beautiful presentation makes it feel special.
How they give back: Not only is Inner Piece a member of 1% for the Planet, but they also donate one dollar from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.
Clothes she'll actually want to fine under the tree? A dress that begs to be twirled in. This oh-so-perfect, slightly oversized, lightweight, organic linen number features wide ruffle short sleeves, buttons down the back and pockets for storing the treasures of the day.
How they give back: As members of Change For Women, The Simple Folk support three organizations that are committed to supporting children's education—Kikulu Foundation, Pencils of Promise and Malala Fund
We love a good footie and this design from Pineapple Sunshine is a total standout. It features easy-to-put-on side snaps and the most adorable finishing touches. It's spendier than your typical play wear, but worth a holiday splurge since it's guaranteed to last through a few hand-me-downs.
How they give back: Pineapple Sunshine partners with The Global Lyme Alliance to donate a percentage of proceeds that help provide vital research and education in the quest for prevention, accurate diagnosis, and a cure for Lyme Disease.
Perfect for the zen mama in your life, this extra-long silicone bead mala necklace just the right length for baby to have something to hold onto while they're nursing or drinking their bottle. The safe-to-chew beads help soothe irritated gums and they can play without worry thanks to the magnetic clasp that's secure enough for tiny tugs.
How they give back: The mama-owned brand donates 5% of all purchases to charities that help parents and children in need.
They might get mashed potatoes up to their hairline, but that doesn't mean they can't dine in style. Perfect for experienced eaters, this gift bundle includes one bib, one multi-purpose mat and one suction plate—all free from BPA, PVC and phthalates.
How they give back: Bella Tunno has been a philanthropic brand since the day they launched in 2005. Most recently they have committed to donating one meal to one child for every product sold through their partnership with Feeding America.
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.
Carting kids around? This brilliantly simple carrier is so clever we wish we thought of it first. The supportive belt makes the casual hip carry more comfortable for you while the padded seat is cushy for little ones. Better yet, the roomy storage area eliminates the need for a diaper bag. It's perfect for parents and even grandparents!
How they give back: Tushbaby donates carriers to The LENN Foundation to help support children with cerebral palsy. They also provide a discount to parents with special needs children.
From morning coffee to evening (late afternoon? no judgement) moscow mules, this handy stainless steel camp cup features vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold. Pour whatever you want for that evening stroll, mama. No one will know the difference.
How they give back: Every MiiR product sold helps fund giving projects (which at the time of writing exceeded $1.5 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 provides ten meals for people in need around the world through their giving partner Feeding Children Everywhere.
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