Slam-Dunk Holiday Gifts That Feel Good to Give

So much better than golf balls (sorry, Dad)

You already know that the physical act of giving makes you feel the best. Well, what if you took it a step further this year and gave people not just gifts but really thoughtful gifts? As in, gifts that also benefit your community and those in need. See where this is heading?

Here are a few brands with a conscience that likely didn’t make it onto your radar this year--but should. (Don’t worry… there are still 16 days ’til Christmas.)

An Upcycled Brass Ear Cuff

This baller accessory is not only designed exclusively by women in Kenya but also helps them learn job skills and become economically independent in the process. Your sister-in-law is going to flip for it.

Raven + Lily ($66)

A Festive Bottle Of Wine

Hostess gifts: You still need ’em. How about a bottle of wine that’s sparkly on the inside and on the outside? This California Brut provides 15 meals to hungry children.

OneHope Wine ($59)

The Perfect Commuter Backpack

This year, travel-bag purveyor Proper Assembly is donating 100 percent of their net profit from all sales until the New Year. If the dude in your life needs a backpack that also happens to be water repellent, lightweight and the ideal size for a laptop, you know where to look.

Proper Assembly ($215)

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A Child Sponsorship

What do you get for the girl (or guy) who has everything? A gift they’re pretty much guaranteed to love. Instead of mulling over tchotchkes at the mall, make this holiday extra special and sponsor a child on their behalf through Save the Children. Your gift of sponsorship helps provide a little tyke with essentials like health care and an education. It’s the gift that changes two lives: theirs and a child’s.

Save the Children

The Most Comfortable Athletic Socks

Oh, heyyyy, stocking stuffers. These cushy unisex socks come in bright colors and varying styles, and for each pair sold another is donated to a homeless person. (FYI: Socks are among the most requested items in shelters.)

Bombas (from $11)

Crafty Art Supplies

For all the young ’uns in your life, Yoobi is the place to find almost anything you can use in a classroom (or office) to foster creativity: pens, pencils, stickers, organizers, you name it. For each item purchased, another is donated to a school in need.

Yoobi ($20)

A Buttery-soft Leather Duffel

Sure, you could go buy your folks a generic leather bag at Kaufmann Mercantile. Or you could nab a handcrafted Ethiopian one that allows its artisans to pursue a university education. (P.S.: Sophia Bush is a fan.)

Sseko ($350)

Itty-bitty Knit Booties

Know anyone with a baby? Or, like, even a dog? These ridiculously cute booties are handmade in Patagonia from natural materials, and the females who make them learn sustainable business practices as part of a model that has won international awards for design and social responsibility.

Accompany ($49)

Gym Bag Essentials

Your beloved (yet ever-buzzing) sister is on a new yoga kick. Support her in her quest for sanity with a mini refresher kit for her gym bag. But not just any ol’ kit. This one includes the life-changing Yuni shower sheets--large, thick cleansing cloths that wipe away dirt and grime after a particularly sweaty vinyasa session.

Yuni Beauty ($45)

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An Empowering Bracelet

Handmade in Cambodia by local artisan women, these wrist wraps feature lettering that translates to brave in Khmer. Ten percent of the proceeds are also used to combat human trafficking across the Cambodian region. And pretty much anyone on your list would love it.

The Brave Collection ($38)