11 Holiday Gifts That Give Back (but Are Still Super Cool)
What’s better than giving a friend or family member a holiday gift they absolutely love? A gift that does some good in the world. 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 11 gifts that give back while still managing to be awesome presents.
Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box
This pretty box contains a selection of products made by female entrepreneurs—like a notebook, a gardenia rose candle and grapefruit shea butter lotion—including a scarf designed by Burch herself. One hundred percent of all net proceeds benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which advances women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Tory Burch ($98)
Send Ribbon Gift Bag
These festive little bags are A.) cute and B.) charitable. On Send Ribbon’s site, you can create your own gift bags, or buy prepackaged options like the one above, which is filled with a red-and-green-sprinkle rice crispy treat, peppermint flavored chocolate pretzels and a holiday candle. A portion of Send Ribbon’s proceeds goes to charity partners like The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Happy Birthday Project, Operation Shower, Charity: Water, The United Way of New York City, the One Love Foundation and the National PCOS Foundation.
Send Ribbon (from $25)
To Write Love on Her Arms T-Shirt
TWLOHA is a nonprofit devoted to helping people who deal with depression, substance use disorders, self-injury and suicidal ideation. Every dollar you spend on one of its products goes directly into treatment and recovery. We’re in.
Parks Project Throwback Hat
Vintage, cool and for a good cause. Parks Project’s Sequoia hat supports the Rangers in the Classroom program, which brings a ranger into the classroom to support outdoor learning for K-12 students in the San Joaquin Valley—a park experience that many kids may not otherwise be able to experience.
Parks Project ($36)
Westward Leaning Sunglasses
This collection—created in collaboration with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar—was inspired by volcanoes. So naturally, a portion from the sale of these glasses (and a few other gorgeous styles on the site) will go to the National Parks Foundation, a leading source of information and study on volcanoes and their impact.
Lush Charity Pot
Cult beauty brand Lush isn’t just about looking good on Instagram; it’s also about giving back. With every purchase of this creamy body lotion, Lush donates 100 percent (yes, 100) of the price to small grassroots organizations working in environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
Compartes Chocolate for a Cause
Heads up: Giving back can also be delicious. 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 (because the chocolates will go fast).
Compartes (from $20)
Conscious Step Socks
Each pair of Conscious Step 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)
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 of these sleek bottles purchased, Soma makes a donation to the nonprofit.