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.
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.
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.
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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