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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!
Motherly strives to be there for mamas every step of the way—from pregnancy to birth and everything that comes after—and what better way to do that than through classes designed to help you prepare your body and mind for the journey ahead? We have teamed up with some of the best experts in the fields of pregnancy, birth and postpartum wellness to provide courses that give both expecting mamas and those who’ve already welcomed their baby the support they need to navigate the biggest challenges of motherhood. They all provide supportive, non-judgmental, expert-driven and woman-centered advice and insight and make the perfect, thoughtful gift for the mama-to-be in your life!
How we give back: All mamas deserve support along the journey to motherhood, but sadly many just don’t get it. And as the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, we know there’s more we can do to help. That’s why for every class sold, we’re donating one to a woman in need. Through partnering with regional women’s shelters, we can reach pregnant and postpartum women in crisis and provide them with education and support at this critical time.
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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.
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. (And since it’s really hard to choose one, we’ll let you know that our current crush is this rad limited edition launch designed by BIPOC artist Walker Noble?)
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.
Launched as a social enterprise in 2001 to connect family run production facilities in Latin America to markets around the globe, Belabumbum remains committed to ethical fashion and the well-being of women. The brand’s sleep and loungewear collections are bump and nursing friendly to keep mamas comfy during pregnancy and long after baby arrives. The perfect gift for an expecting or new mama, Belabumbum’s Mom & Baby PJs pair super soft pajamas and robes for mom with a sweet matching outfit for baby. Prices start at $18
How they give back: Belabumbum is proud to partner with Fashion Makes Change, an organization dedicated to women’s empowerment and sustainability along global supply chains. With every transaction, customers have the option to round or add a donation in support of Fashion Makes Change. Donations are matched by Belabumbum.
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How they give back: Launched by Lady Gaga, The Born This Way Foundation is on a mission to support youth mental health and work with young people to build a kinder + braver world. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise goes to the foundation to fund programming and support those in need.
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.
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 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.
I know, I know. Gifting kids socks is a one way ticket to Snoozeville–but this fun set from Bombas is different. The DIY kit comes with 8 pair of their signature comfy ankle socks along with all the tools they’ll need to tie-dye their new collection.
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.
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 Miramar backpack which keeps your hands free when chasing toddlers, but looks chic on your arm when you’re not.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve never been snuggled by a soft and kindly polar bear, but I suspect it feels a lot like climbing under Unhide’s Marshmallow Blanket. Their vegan-friendly luxe throws are made from a plush faux fur that looks as good as it feels. And since it’s actually huge (as big as a queen size quilt!) both of my giant kids can snuggle with me and not start a war over whose feet aren’t covered.
How they give back: Unhide is on a mission to make products that are good for you, good for the animals and good for our world. Not only do they donate a portion of each sale to the Humane Society, they’ve also started their own grassroots campaign called The Faux Paw Initiative to support and spread awareness for the fur-free movement in the United States.
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.
Inspired by the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity), With Love Darling’s fine jewelry is as delicate and beautiful as it is powerful. The Prosperity Necklace represents the five nature goals which includes affordable clean energy and sustainable cities and communities.
How they give back: Handmade and produced sustainably in workshops in developing countries, With Love Darling’s jewelry is jewelry with a purpose. Each piece in their collection is made with the intention of making the world a better place, from the jobs they provide to the charities they support.
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 $2.4 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.
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 brand new 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.
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.
Foria’s line of CBD-infused sexual wellness products is a game-changer when it comes to sex and intimacy. The All Night Long Holiday box is a cheeky set that’s perfect for gifting to yourself or your partner, and comes complete with a full-size set of their most popular products, including the highly lauded Awaken Arousal Oil with CBD and Sex Oil with CBD.
How they give back: Today only, 10% of every Foria order will be donated to a nonprofit chosen by the customer at checkout, in partnership with Beam, a social impact app connecting mission-driven brands with nonprofits.
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.
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