10 Holiday Gifts That Also Give Back
Spread kindness this holiday season.
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Gift Giving with a Cause
Giving gifts to others is full of feel good feelings but giving gifts that also give back to those in need makes the holiday season even better. Here are some great gifts that pull double-duty.
A Token of Lockets
Keep your loved ones close to your heart and your favorite cause too. The proceeds from these beautiful lockets go to a different charity depending on what design you choose. Choose one that symbolizes kindness and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to No Bully, which works to help prevent bullying in schools. Choose joy and 10 percent will go to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LQBTQ+ community. With a beautiful design and a dozen charities to support, this is a gift you’ll want to give over and over again.
BUY IT: A Token Of, $149
Out of Print
Do you love books so much that you want to wear them? Out of Print takes our favorite stories and turns them into apparel. From socks to totes and shirts to mugs, you can show off your favorite literary heroes. The best part? They donate books to those in need with every purchase and have donated over 3 million books since 2010.
BUY IT: Out of Print, $74
Love Your Melon
You may have seen the oh-so-cute winter beanies around town bearing the Love Your Melon logo, but now the brand also has a home line full of beautiful blankets, pillows and kitchen accessories as well. They give 50 percent of the proceeds to support pediatric cancer patients and their families.
BUY IT: Love Your Melon, $95
Show off your smartwatch style with a good cause in mind. This puzzle piece band is cool, colorful and 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Autism Association of America. The band is lightweight, sweat resistant and waterproof.
BUY IT: Flex Watches, $40
Alice + Whittles Rainboots
Beautiful and practical rainboots, what could be better? The story behind these boots. This company gives back to its Sri Lankan community throughout the entire production process. The company only employs workers in that area, and money from the fairly traded premium rubber is placed into a fund for the community who are allowed to vote on how to use the money. They are super comfortable and stylish to boot.
BUY IT: Alice + Whittles, $120
Glasses are a necessity for some and a stylish accessory or a good working tool for others. These blue light glasses hit all three categories–prescription or not–by making it easier for this day and age of staring at the computer all day long. EyeBuy Direct is set on making sure that the 2.5 billion people in the world who need glasses get them, so for each pair purchased, they’ll donate a pair to someone in need.
BUY IT: EyeBuy Direct, $42
Calm Mind Kit
This calm mind kit for kids is a perfect gift to calm little ones (and adults), and you can feel good knowing that each purchase also donates eight toys to kids in need. The kit comes with meditation cards and tools to help with breathing activities and meditation.
BUY IT: Rose and Rex, $75
Britty Brah Hats
Surfs up for the whole family with these hats made for the beach and water. Each purchase helps families who can’t afford diapers. For every hat sold, 10 diapers will be donated through the Jet Cares program. The hats themselves are made to ride the waves–they’ll float if they go flying into the water–though it’s an unlikely story because of the proprietary drawstring meant to keep it on little ones’ heads.
BUY IT: Bitty Brah, $38
Make a cocktail and fight hunger in America one drink at a time. The simple premise behind this vodka is to donates 20 meals per bottle, both locally and nationally. It’s as easy as that. The vodka is sustainably distilled, gluten-free and made from Idaho potatoes, so you know it’s good.
BUY IT: Total Wine, $20
Metallic Bags from Hozen
Love a cute bag but love animals just as much? These bags are made out of Pinatex (a pineapple leaf leather) and a bunch of recycled accessories, making it sustainable and stylish. Ten percent of the profits from this metallic pouch are donated to Mercy for Animals.
BUY IT: Hozen Collection, $90