Charitable Gifts that Give Back
The gifts below are beautiful, thoughtful, and creative—with the added benefit of helping people in need at home and in developing countries.
Style and Wellness Gifts
Soften skin with LUSH Charity Pot Body Lotion. $8-$28, lush.com.
How it Gives Back All of the profits go to grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.
Beauty Through Strength
Bright blues pop in the Independence Necklace from BeadforLife.$35, beadforlife.org.
How it Gives Back BeadforLife partners with impoverished women in Uganda to help them sell their wares and build the skills they need to be savvy entrepreneurs.
Comfort and Joy
Keep warm in the Berlin Scarf by Krochet Kids. $40, krochetkids.org.
How it Gives Back Krochet Kids helps women in Peru and Uganda break the cycle of poverty by providing life-changing job opportunities. You can learn about the woman who made your product on the Krochet Kids website.
This High Impact Tote Bag by Sword & Plough is sturdy and stylish. $79, swordandplough.com.
How it Gives Back All products are made in the US from military surplus materials. Ten percent of profits are given to veterans organizations, and most employees are vets.
Give the gift of ocean breezes with a Sea Salt Candle by Hand in Hand. $24, handinhandsoap.com.
How it Gives Back For every candle purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need.
Get a good night’s sleep with a Silk Eye Mask from The Ethical Silk Company. $30, theethicalsilkco.com.
How it Gives Back Ethical tailoring is an integral part of The Ethical Silk Company. Five percent of company profits are given to Jeevan Jyothi AIDS Centre in Theni, India, and Focus Ireland.
Food and Drink Gifts
Pop With Purpose
The Women’s Bean Project Rainbow Popcorn is the very definition of a feel-good snack. $5, womensbeanproject.com.
How it Gives Back Women’s Bean Project provides a safe and accepting work environment where impoverished women in the US can learn the skills required for gainful employment.
Caffeine that Cares
The perfect wake-up call: Devoción Toro Coffee. $18/bag, devocion.com.
How it Gives Back Devoción develops long-term relationships with farmers in Colombia, paying above fair trade while establishing social and environmental programs to help secure their future.
The Himala Salt Zen Cube & Stainless Grater makes a great hostess gift. $16, himalasalt.com.
How it Gives Back The facility is powered by on-site solar. It composts, uses energy-efficient LED lighting, and 5 percent of profits go to sustainable agriculture.
Treats and treasures alike can find a home in Paper Culture’s Jar Storage Set. $30, paperculture.com.
How it Gives Back With every order, Paper Culture plants a tree.
This Red Wine Gift Box from ONEHOPE is full of savory treats and a bottle of your choice of Cabernet or Pinot Noir. $69, onehopewine.com.
How it Gives Back Every box helps fund ABA therapy for children with autism.
Homemade with Heart
Present your creative gifts in Ball Gifting Jars. $9 per four-pack, freshpreserving.com.
How it Gives Back Each purchase benefits Feeding America— the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. For every package of Sharing Jars purchased, four meals will be donated.
Serve your favorite appetizers on the Puzzle Pieces Cutting Board from Ten Thousand Villages. $40, tenthousandvillages.com.
How it Gives Back Each purchase supports the board makers’ craft and provides them with a fair, stable income.
Tastes Good, Does Good
The Super Blackout Organic Chocolate bar by Alter Eco is delicious and low in SmartPoints value! $4, alterecofoods.com.
How it Gives Back Alter Eco’s mission is to increase sustainable food production by developing ethical relationships with small-scale farmers around the world.
Call of the Wild
These rich, Dark Chocolate Bites with 88% Cocoa from Endangered Species Chocolate make a great stocking stuffer. $4/bag, chocolatebar.com.
How it Gives Back 10% net profits are donated to protect wildlife.
Health and Fitness Gifts
Ride with Confidence
The Bicycle Repair Kit from UncommonGoods is perfect for your adventurous friends. $18, uncommongoods.com.
How it Gives Back Through its Better to Give program, UncommonGoods donates $1 from each purchase to your choice of their charity partners.
Spread the Warmth
Keep your loved ones cozy on their winter runs with the Love Your Melon Beanie. $30–$45, loveyourmelon.com.
How it Gives Back Fifty percent of profits go to organizations that help fight pediatric cancer.
Hydrate with Heart
The Faucet Face Water Bottle will be a new favorite athleisure accessory. $12, faucetface.com.
How it Gives Back Through its 1 for 100 program, Faucet Face donates 2.5 percent of all sales plus a complete filter for each sale of five or more individual bottles to the clean drinking water charity Third Millennium Awakening.
Work out with purpose in these Warrior One Breast Cancer Awareness Leggings. $143, vimmia.com.
How it Gives Back Vimmia donates 20 percent of proceeds from sales on vimmia.com to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for breast cancer research and treatment.
Go the Distance
Contribute to a loved one’s favorite cause with the free Charity Miles App. charitymiles.org.
How it Gives Back Charity Miles allows you to pick a charity that benefits from your walking/running.
Kids and Teens Gifts
Show off state pride with The Home T. (Great for college students!) $30*, thehomet.com.
*Correction: In the November/December 2017 issue of Weight Watchers magazine ("Gifts That Give Back"), the price is incorrectly listed as $16.
How it Gives Back A minimum of 10 percent of profits are donated to multiple sclerosis research.
Little Loving Hands
These kits are a fun way to get children involved in giving back. $28/box or $20/month for a 12-month subscription, littlelovinghands.com.
How it Gives Back Each box contains a craft for your child to make that is then sent to an organization to help those in need.