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What’s better than giving a friend or family member a holiday gift they absolutely love? How about a gift that actually does some good in the world? That's right, you don't have to adopt a whale or write a check to a charity in somebody's name to pay it forward during the holidays. Instead, consider these ten gifts that give back while still managing to be awesome presents. 

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Conscious Step

Conscious Step Socks

Each pair of Conscious Steps socks has a theme. The ones above are so-called Socks That Give Books, meaning that for every pair sold, two schoolbooks are donated to a school in need by Room to Read, a nonprofit that supports girls’ education and literacy programs. Other cute pairs (in men’s and women’s sizes) benefit disaster relief, hunger and poverty, with donations going to charities like Action Against Hunger, Global Citizen and Trees for the Future.

Conscious Step ($15)

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Not only is this sleek leather tote completely timeless, it also does a lot of good. When you buy just one of these elegant little numbers, FEED provides 100 meals to children in need.

FEED ($195)

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One Bead

A One Bead Necklace

One Bead's founder started this nonprofit out of her college dorm room as a project to elevate education at a school in Kenya by selling recycled glass beads (made in East Africa). After winning an entrepreneurial competition, she decided to give back in two ways: by continuing to provide jobs to the workers creating the beads and funding to Kenyan schools through the sale of the beads, but also by traveling to schools around the U.S. and recreating the competition she won to teach leadership skills like public speaking and problem solving.

One Bead ($42)

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cuddle + kind

A cuddle + kind Doll

Are these not the cutest? They’re not just adorable little cuddly creatures, though—for every doll (made by artisans in Peru provided with sustainable, fair-trade wages) sold, cuddle + kind gives ten meals to children in need.

cuddle + kind ($68)

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TOMS Sneakers

TOMS has been around for a while, but did you know it has really great sneakers? These kicks are a bit more fashion-forward than the slip-ons that made TOMS famous, but they're equally socially-conscious. Every purchase provides a new pair of shoes for a kid or teen going to school in countries like Ethiopia, Argentina and Haiti.

TOMS ($100)

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Compartes Chocolate for a Cause

You didn’t think giving back could be delicious, did you? Well, it can be, specifically when you give a 5-, 10- or 20-pack of Compartes Chocolate for a Cause. These boxes of the brand’s signature chocolate caramels—decked out with colorful graphics of Africa—support Relief International in Darfur. The lucky recipient will also get a handmade bracelet reminding them of their donation, ya know, because the chocolates will go fast.

Compartes (from $20)

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Lush Charity Pot

Cult beauty brand Lush isn’t just about looking good on your Instagram; it’s also about giving back. Such is the case with this creamy body lotion. With every purchase of a Charity Pot, Lush donates 100 percent (yes, 100) of the price to small grassroots organizations working in environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

Lush ($8)

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A Soma Water Bottle

Access to safe drinking water is a massive issue around the world. For its part, Soma has partnered with charity:water, a nonprofit that brings clean water to people in need all over the globe. For each bottle purchased, Soma makes a donation to the non-profit.

Soma ($30)

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Parks Project

A Parks Project Beanie

What to get your charity-minded, outdoorsy-bordering-on-hippie friend? A Parks Project beanie, of course. In three colors, each product sold contributes directly to one of more than 30 conservancies across the U.S. and provides vital funding for the ongoing care of the National Parks.

Parks Project ($26)

gifts that give back kiehls

Disney x Kiehl’s Collection

If your pals are more into skin care, consider this limited edition Kiehl’s x Disney set, with a cleanser, toner, mask and moisturizer. The purchase of one set helps secure 350 meals for Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Kiehl’s ($45)

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