The holidays can be both a joyful and stressful time of year. Joyful because you get to spend time with loved ones, but a little (or a lot) stress-inducing if you have to choose gifts for all of the important people in your life. Instead of a gift card—no shade if that's your gift of choice—consider gifts that give back. It's one way to ensure your gift is really impactful and that you're making as much of an impact as possible. It's always a good time to help those in need, but the holidays especially stand out as an occasion to give back.
Not sure where to start? We browsed the internet for gifts with good causes, from farmer rights to reproductive freedom to LGBTQ+ youth. For example, this hiker gift box directly supports the conservation of national parks. If you're keen on supporting mental health, Doughp donates one percent of proceeds to mental health and addiction recovery as well as Selena Gomez's beauty line, Rare Beauty. Most of these gifts directly donate a portion of their profits to causes, while some will continue to support fair working conditions, or independent artists and craftspeople.
Whatever the cause, there's a gift to support the movement or issue you care about while spreading holiday cheer to siblings, parents, grandparents, or that special someone in your life. Whether you're passionate about the environment or reproductive rights after the fall of Roe v. Wade, check out these 20 gifts that keep on giving.
20 best gifts for good causes
Socks are one of the most requested items in homeless shelters, so for every one purchased, Bombas will donate a pair. Not only are these socks for a great cause, they make for a functional and cushy Christmas gift. With a cushioned footbed and honeycomb-like arch support, these socks will help the loved one in your life get moving and grooving in comfort and style. Plus, they’re small enough to stuff in stockings, or you can gift them as is since they’re packaged in a festive, hexagon-print box.
Sizes available: S-L
If you’ve got environmentally-conscious friends or family, you can’t go wrong with gifting an Alltrue Box. Customizable, Alltrue boxes are packed with five or six full-sized, socially-conscious goodies (worth $250). The items are ethically made and support artisans, small businesses, and local artists—each box is designed by a different designer. While every box is different, previous ones have included ceramic-coated pans, vegan leather bags, crinkle blankets, ceramic candles, and so much more.
Treat the tea aficionado in your life to some Chamberlain Coffee—we’ve got our eye on the brand’s newly released Hummingbird Chai tea latte powder if you need any specific recs. Made of oat milk, natural vanilla, and cinnamon, the chai will have your tea person in for a spiced morning. Similar to Clevr Blends and Blume, all you have to do is add hot water or milk of choice, blend, and you’ve got yourself a DIY latte. Also nice: Chamberlain Coffee works with Food4Farmers to address long-term food security for coffee-farming communities—it provides seeds, compost, fertilizer, and basic tools for farmers.
Selena Gomez is a champion for mental health, so it’s no surprise that her beauty brand, Rare Beauty, is donating one percent of its sales towards expanding mental health services in underserved communities. Every Rare Beauty product is a stunner, but if it were up to us, we’d choose the Soft Pinch liquid blush set. Featuring three festive and rosy flush shades—Truth, Happy, and Encourage—the blush set is free of harmful chemicals and makes the perfect gift for the beauty connoisseur in your life.
This year has been nothing less of catastrophic for reproductive rights. If you or your loved ones are looking to make an impact, consider gifting Harper Wilde’s Bliss bra, a buttery soft bra that’s embroidered with “Fuck Your Laws” in pink, a not-so-subtle message in support of reproductive choice. 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP), a non-profit organization that supports historically disadvantaged communities access safe abortion and contraceptives. So far, WRRAP has raised more than $50,000 for reproductive rights.
Sizes available: XS-4XL
Got a loved one with a kitty? Well, you can deck the tree in Smalls. This subscription-based cat food service delivers human-grade- and freeze-dried cat food right to your door, featuring protein-rich sources like fish, bird, or cow (never grains or carbs). Even more, they partner with shelters and local trap-neuter-release groups to send essential supplies and food to adopters and cats in need.
Adventure awaits with the Parks Project Take Me To A National Park gift box. Customizable in that you can fill out the National Parks Postcard included in the set, this gift pack includes everything you need for your next adventure—including a mug, playing cards, a candle, and even a journal to jot down your travel plans and memories once you arrive . Every purchase supports park preservation, and more than $2,400,000-worth of projects has been funded so far.
For the cleaner or organizer, Blueland’s Clean Essentials make a thoughtful gift. Included in the set are a foaming hand soap, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, a glass cleaner, and reusable tablets for each. All you have to do is add water. Blueland is committed to a more sustainable future, so with each purchase, you’re helping to divert plastic from landfills and oceans.
Looking for a stocking stuffer? Look no further than Billie’s Razor Starter Kit. Featuring five sharp blades with bases infused with aloe moisturizer, Billie’s razor chops off excess hair and delivers a hydrating shave. Plus, the kit comes with two replacement blades and a magnetic holder for easy access. Billie empowers women worldwide by partnering with women-first and non-profit organizations like the YWCA, Black Girls Code, Every Mother Counts, and so much more.
Founded by Allyson Felix, the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete, Saysh empowers pregnant athletes to go the distance, and thanks to its maternity policy, Saysh customers who become pregnant can request a free new pair to account for their shoe size change during pregnancy.
If you’ve got a loved one in need of new kicks, consider gifting these recently launched Saysh Two shoes. A spin on the original Saysh ones, the Saysh Twos feature a leather upper, suede tongue, cushioned footbed, and satin laces for a comfortable (yet stylish) fit.
For the traveler, Cadence’s bundle of six makes for a functional and practical gift. These leakproof and magnetic hexagon-shaped containers can store anything, from moisturizer to jewelry to prescription medication. Not only do Cadence’s containers look like a work of art, they’re environmentally-minded, with 20 percent of a finished capsule being made of beach plastic that’s been re-grinded and re-integrated.
If you’ve got a special someone who likes to live lavish, Naadam’s Merino Cashmere Zip sweater is crème de la crème when it comes to sweaters. The exaggerated, thick sleeves and wool and cashmere blend makes this sweater chic and warm. Naadam supports and works directly with local herders for higher quality and softer yarns.
Any foodie can appreciate cookie dough, and Doughp’s dough-y goodness is actually edible. Gift the bestseller pack—composed of chocolate chip, sprinkles and frosting, cookies and cream, and chocolate brownie—and one percent of all sales is donated to support mental health and addiction recovery.
Treat your loved ones to this sweet pair of socks. Designed with a variety of popsicle sticks, these socks directly support the Trevor Project in an effort to save LGBTQ lives. They have terry padding for comfort and are made of elastane for a bit of stretch.
For every pair of Thinx period underwear purchased, the brand will donate a pair back to its partners in an effort to fight period poverty. This hip hugger holds three tampons worth of liquid and has extra gusset coverage for heavy flows. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
Skin care makes for a great gift, especially if it’s from Tatcha, and this trio of products features its rice wash, dewy skin cream, and dewy serum. These products cleanse, moisturize, and smooth out dry skin for a plumper and dewier look. Plus, a portion of the proceeds are donated to Room to Read to support education equality worldwide.
These hand-painted ceramic spoons are crafted and ethically-made by artisans in Vietnam and gifting this set directly supports them and their craftsmanship. It features a tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon and looks beautifully on any kitchen countertop.
Recyclable and reusable, this Daily Affirmation candle has a citrusy and sage scent and serves as a gentle reminder to take care for yourself. It’s hand-poured, has natural ingredients, and supports the Jed Foundation, a non-profit protecting emotional health and preventing suicide among teens and young adults.
Stuff this Protect Our Forests bandana in a stocking. Featuring hand-drawn illustrations of Smokey Bear, the cotton bandana pairs well with a button-up blouse and serves as a gentle reminder to protect our forests. 10 percent of Smokey Bear purchases will be donated to advance wildfire prevention education.
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