Gifts That Give Back

If it feels good to give loved ones awesome presents, does that mean it feels doubly good if every purchase gives something to people and communities in need or does something fantastic for the planet and the people who live on it? Now’s your chance to find out. Shop from the list below and your purchase will benefit not just your gift’s recipient, but people all over the world. 

For Health Nerds

1. Gift Basket from Steve’s Paleo Goods

Grab a gift basket or stuff stockings with delicious (and fairly healthy) snacks like dried fruit or Cinnamon Pecan Nut-Mix, and 15 percent of what you purchase will go to Steve’s Club National Program, which brings CrossFit to at-risk youth.

MiiR water bottle

2. MiiR Water Bottle

The only thing cooler than MiiR’s stylish BPA-free water bottles is the fact that $1 from every bottle purchased provides one person in need with clean drinking water for one year.

3. Wine from A Dog’s Life

Stock up on good-for-you vinoRed or white, 10 percent of each sale benefits animal rescue and adoption organizations.

Superfruits and berries

4. Superfruits and Berries from Essential Living Foods

Whether spices, superfood powders, or raw cacao, give something nutritious and delicious! This company sources all products ethically and donates one percent of their profits back to the communities that provide their ingredients.

5. Gift Bundle from Women’s Bean Project

From a company that employs “chronically impoverished and unemployed women,” these mixes for hearty winter fare like soup, bread, and chili, make great gifts for healthy foodies and kitchen novices alike.

8. The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook

This super popular cookbook is chock full with over 300 recipes that promote healthy living, and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

9Salad Servers and Salad Plates from Catherine’s Table
Gift these beautiful, unique kitchen goods and you’re supporting artists and craftspeople across America and getting meals into the hands of hungry people — Catherine’s Table gives a portion of their sales to Meals on Wheels.

10. Coffee or Tea Gift Set from Laughing Man Coffee and Tea

Give the coffee or tea junkie in your life what they want — after all, it’s a pretty healthy habit to have! Shop from a company that puts 100 percent of its revenue back into education, community development, and business development for new entrepreneurs.

For Fitness Freaks

One World Futbol 11One World Futbol from Toms
Got a soccer player or fan in your life? Buy them this soccer ball and a second one will be donated to an organization working with youth in disadvantaged communities.

12. Athletic Apparel from Fashioning Change

Fitness and doing good go hand-in-hand! Give the fitness buff in your life a stylish new ensemble from a company that only sells items from select companies that “protect health, the Earth, and human rights.” 

13. Winter Hats from Krochet Kids

Staying active all winter demands a good hat to keep heat from escaping your dome. Give a toasty hat made by workers in Peru who are employed, educated, and mentored by the company’s programs.

eKO Lite Mat

14. eKO Lite Mat from Manduka

Make someone’s yoga practice even more rewarding. These lightweight, non-slip mats are made from “biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber,” and a portion of the company’s sales goes to Off the Mat, Into the World, which harnesses the power of yoga to inspire sustainable activism and grassroots social change.

15. Assorted Athletic Gear and Apparel from TriSports

With the discount code “ILOVECAF” you can get gear for runners, swimmers, and cyclists and benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps athletes with physical challenges by providing equipment, support, and resources.

16. Pannier Bike Bag by United by Blue

Enable healthy habits by gifting someone with a bag that makes it easier to get around by bike. It’s sold by a company that removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. 

Bamboo bike

17. Bamboo Bike from HERO Bike

Whether the cyclist in your life rides for fitness, transportation or both, give a bamboo bike from HERO, an organization that works to end rural poverty in Alabama by providing job training, affordable housing, and economic development.

18. Entry to a Fitness Challenge for Charity

Running a race, cycling a century, or taking on a walk, trek, or adventure event are great for fitness, fun, and doing good. Buy the athlete (or aspiring athlete!) in your life entry to an event that also benefits a deserving cause they care about. Buy a couple entries, and make it something you can do together.


19. Sunglasses from SOLO Eyewear

Make sure the outdoor exercisers in your life are protecting their eyes. Each pair of sunglasses purchased funds eye care for people in need.

20. Party in Pink Apparel from Zumba

Give a Zumba-lover an awesome athletic shirt that’ll keep them comfortable so they don’t miss a moment of dance. Thirty percent of sales go to Zumba® Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention.

For a Happiness Boost

Activyst bag

21. Bag or Tote from Activyst

These durable, waterproof bags and totes are colorful and functional. Purchases support education and running programs for girls in Ethopia.

22. Art Print from Sevenly

For every purchase that’s made, Sevenly gives $7 to their weekly charity partner (past partners have included Autism Speaks, Feed My Starving Children, and Sheltering Wings), which makes their inspirational quote prints that much more inspiring.

23. Spa and Skincare Products from 10,000 Villages

Every item sold by 10,000 Villages is made by artisans in the developing world who are paid a fair price for their craftsmanship. Plus, each item is marked with its country of origin and comes with backstory about the artisans who made it.

24. Click and Grow Smart Flowerpot from Hucksley

When you buy these start kits for flowers and healthy herbs that water and grow themselves, a donation will be made to one of two charities (you get to choose which).

25. Perfume from GiveScent

Smells like a good cause. Shop for all-natural, cruelty-free perfume this holiday season from a company that supports Every Mother Counts and Women for Women International.


26. Ornaments and More from Canvas

Give holiday decorations from canvas, which stocks stylish, ethically sourced goods and donates to non-profits like Housing Works and Aid to Artisans.

27. Backpack from State Bags

For each one of these colorful, canvas backpacks that’s sold, an American child in need receives an identical bag.

LSTN headphones

28. Headphones or Earbuds from LSTN

Give reclaimed wood headphones or earbuds and LSTN gives to Starkey Hearing Foundation, to help restore hearing to a person in need.

29. Gift Card from Given Goods Co.
Let your recipient do the choosing with a gift card from Given Goods, whose inventory is stocked with awesome stuff (home décor, jewelry and scarves, and more) from companies who give either a tangible good to someone in need, donate a percentage of their sales to charities, or create employment opportunities in underserved communities.

What are your favorite gifts that give back? Share in the comments below or get in touch with the author on Twitter!

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