‘Tis the season of giving, and what can be better than giving gifts that give back?
Through the years, brands and companies have stepped up in the arenas of donation, community, and impact. Purchasing certain items from certain corporations allows us to check items off on our shopping lists, but also to make a difference in the world around us. Many of us strive to be more conscientious and mindful consumers, so supporting these companies only makes sense.
This holiday season, let’s take a look at some incredible gifts that give back. By purchasing and gifting any of these items, you not only bring a smile to a loved one’s face, but you also donate money, tangible goods or support to wonderful causes across this country and the world.
Grace Scarf (Rethreaded, $28)
A beautiful statement scarf doubles as a versatile accessory and a thoughtful girl, but these Grace Scarves are so much more. Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen’s passion is to provide endangered women with safe, supportive work environments where they can simultaneously learn a skill, earn a steady income and heal from trauma or hurt. Women are taught the art of creating scarves and other accessories from upcycled t-shirts and other supplies to create beautiful, wearable and shareable pieces. Every purchase you make directly supports this initiative (and best of all, it’s located in Jacksonville!)
Peg Message Board Set (Yoobi, $20)
You have probably seen the brightly colored Yoobi products in the aisles of your local Target. They are fun for back to school, for cute pick-me-up gifts, and for stocking stuffers (if you need more ideas on that topic, check out these tips!). This Peg Message Board with glow in the dark letters would make a perfect gift for a Secret Santa, gift exchange or favorite tween. But did you know Yoobi is also great for the community? For every Yoobi product you purchase, a Yoobi product will be donated to a U.S. classroom in need, so that all children have the opportunity to learn and create. “You buy? Yoobi gives” is their motto.
Bubble Graffiti Printed Toms (Toms, $54.95)
First of all, how adorable are Toms? The classic Alpargata style gets a boost from the bright print, vegan construction and OrthoLite® Eco LT Hybrid™ removable insole for comfort. The real story, however, is how Toms creates perfect gifts that give back. In the past, Toms offered a “Buy A Shoe, Give A Shoe” model, but have now evolved their impact model to one called “Pick Your Stand.” For every pair of Toms you purchase, you can choose one of six different initiatives, designed to help our community. You may opt for the original shoe giving, or you may elect to help with Equality, Safe Water, The Homeless, Mental Health, or Ending Gun Violence. Give a gift to a loved one and someone in need, all at once.
S’well Bottle in Calacatta Gold (S’well Bottle, $35+)
No one can resist a gorgeous stainless bottle, especially one that is triple-walled and vacuum-insulated construction, designed to keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12. The Calacatta Gold S’well Bottle is available in different sizes and styles, making it perfect for any recipient. Your purchase of this sustainable, eco-friendly product allows the S’well Bottle company to support UNICEF, providing clean, safe water to the world’s most vulnerable communities, such as Madagascar. This financial support goes to build infrastructure, educate families on water-borne diseases and promote national reform to make a sustainable, long-lasting change.
The Shine Doll (Kind Culture Co, $59)
So many children adore playing with and nurturing dolls, so look no further than Kind Culture Co.’s Shine Doll. This soft, beautiful mermaid comes with tokens of random acts of kindness your child can share with others. As a bonus, for every Shine Doll (or any doll from the Doll Kind line) sold, Kind Culture Co. will donate one doll to less fortunate children. Supporting this company means that a percentage of purchases will go to other charities like Baby2Baby, Subs for Santa, The Ronald McDonald House, Arts, and Healthcare, and a percentage from every Good Deed Fairy sale is donated to anti-bullying organizations. Helping create a kinder world definitely falls into the category of gifts that give back.
Black Speckled Beanie (Love Your Melon, $30)
Soft, stylish, machine-washable and made of 100% cotton, this Black Speckled Beanie is perfect for anyone on your list. You can give any of Love Your Melon’s hats, headbands and accessories and know that your purchase makes it possible for children with cancer to have their own soft, comfortable hat as well. Started by entrepreneurship students and friends, Zachary and Brian in 2012, the company’s goal began with putting a hat on the head of every child battling cancer in America and has evolved to donating over 170,000 hats and giving over 6.2 million dollars to the fight against pediatric cancer.
Becky II Sunglasses (DIFF Eyewear, $95)
Sunglasses and St. Augustine go together like peppermint and mocha, so these Becky II sunnies would surely make a welcome gift under someone’s Christmas tree. These matte black, cat-eye frames and pink, polarized, nylon, scratch-resistant lenses are completely on-trend and ready for the ‘gram. However, behind the shades, DIFF is making a difference by donating a pair of reading glasses to someone in need for every pair of sunglasses purchased. Give the gift of sight along with your gift of style.
Organic “All They Avo Wanted” Unbleached Tee (Mini and Meep, $29.95)
Sometimes, the best gift is a perfect t-shirt. You know the one. It’s comfy, soft, and has a really awesome message. The Mini and Meep “All They Avo Wanted” Tee checks all those boxes. It is made using sustainable resources and ethical practices from domestically grown and spun organic unbleached cotton and meets Global Organic Textile Standards. Each shirt is handpainted and printed with non-toxic, eco-friendly and water-based inks. Most importantly, every purchase from Mini and Meep provides three meals to children in need through its partnership with MANNA Food Bank. With a variety of sizes and styles and the commitment to such a positive impact, we bet you can’t order just one.
Pirate’s Booty Black FinalStraw 2.0 (FinalStraw, $29.50)
As we work on eliminating single-use plastics and plastic straws, specifically, everyone can benefit from a FinalStraw 2.0 on their holiday gift list. These reusable, collapsible straws are touted as the last straw you’ll ever need. They come in a selection of great colors, and each straw is folded into its own carrying case with a telescoping cleaning brush. FinalStraw partners with 1% For The Planet to donate 1% of sales to select environmental non-profit organizations. When you buy the Limited Edition Pirate’s Booty Black FinalStraw 2.0, 10% of net sales will be donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Bee Cause Honey (Savannah Bee Company, $12)
Everyone loves a little something sweet, so this jar of Bee Cause Honey will absolutely hit the spot. Collected from hives in Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country, Bee Cause Honey is a perfect sweetener, sugar substitute or addition to recipes. For every jar of Bee Cause Honey purchased online, $3.00 will be donated to The Bee Cause Project to help fund the installation of classroom observation hives in schools across America.
UNICEF Kid Power Band (UNICEF Kid Power, $39.99)
Kids love having their own technology, and with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, they can track their steps, monitor their activity AND help children in need. With gifts that give back like this Power Band, children see how their commitment to goals can unlock therapeutic food packets that UNICEF delivers to malnourished children. Via the associated app, Power Band users can go on “missions” and learn about different countries and cultures around the world.
Banned Books Canvas Pouch (Out Of Print, $12)
The bibliophile on your list will get a huge kick out of this versatile canvas pouch. Use it to hold travel items, writing implements, cosmetics or just about anything! Made in the USA of 100% cotton canvas, this pouch is sure to be a hit. And when you make any purchase through Out of Print, a portion of that purchase goes to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
Gift-giving is always a special time. This year, elevate your generosity by taking advantage of some of these gifts that give back. It can really make a world of difference.