20 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

November 25, 2014 by Emily Copeland

The holidays are a great time for showing people that you care. Why not double your giving efforts this holiday season and give gifts that give back? We’ve put together this one-for-one gift guide filled with some of our favorite give-back items from companies with give-back missions. You’ll find the perfect something for everyone on your list.

  1. For the Outdoorsy Person—Rain Boots by Roma Boots - With many styles, colors and sizes, and perfect for men, women and children alike, Roma Boots are fashionable and great for gifting. Living up to their mission of “Giving poverty the boot,” this company donates a new pair of boots is donated to a child in need for every pair sold. 
  2. For the Snuggle BugBlankets from Blanket America - This high quality bedding company offers comforter sets, blankets and throws made from a variety of fabrics in several colors and patterns. When consumers buy from Blanket America, they generate automatic donations and support for the company’s commitment to end extreme poverty. Donations provide disaster relief to Haiti through blanket donations and create jobs to fill the demand for the Choose Haiti line of products.
  3.  For On-the-Go People2 Degrees Food Bars - Gluten-free and vegan snack bars loaded with healthy grains, fruits and toasted nuts will help your on-the-go loved one stay powered. For every 2 Degrees bar purchased, the company feeds hungry children and works to end childhood hunger. 
  4. For the Spread LoverAll-natural Peanut Butter from Good Spread - Everyone knows someone who loves spreading peanut butter on PB&J sandwiches (either for him or herself or for his or her children), and if that’s the case, this all-natural peanut butter is the perfect gift. For every peanut butter purchase, the company donates an equivalent amount of therapeutic food to a malnourished child in need. 
  5. For the Parents of Little OnesBaby Gear from Baby Teresa - Everyone loves giving gifts to parents with babies, and knowing that your gift gives back is an even greater feeling. When you purchase one of the soft, 100% cotton baby rompers found at Baby Teresa, another s donated to a baby in need. When you purchase a baby accessory, the company donates baby formula.
  6. For the Dog LoverDog Food from BoGo Bowl - Dog enthusiasts love all things dog-related, so they will love knowing that the wholesome bag of food you give them for their own four-legged friend gives back to other dogs. Purchase a bag of dog food from BoGo Bowl and a bag of food is donated to a pooch in need.
  7. For the Late Nighters or the CampersBoGo Flashlights from American Light Works - Every camper or late night enthusiast will need a flashlight at some point or another Purchasing a BoGo Light donates one of the same sustainable, solar-powered lights to target communities that will be transformed by the gift of light.
  8. For People Who Like Spreading HappinessHappy Blankies from Everything Happy - Happy Blankies are shaped like adorable animals and perfect for just about everyone (regardless of if they are geared toward children). Best of all, when you purchase a Happy Blankie, you get to choose which children’s hospital you want the second blanket to go to via the website’s “One to Give” function.
  9. For the Sunshine StalkersWarby Parker Sunglasses - Almost anyone would appreciate a new pair of sunglasses, especially a pair of well-made, well-designed glasses from a company as well-known as Warby Parker. Purchasing glasses from this company donates a pair of glasses to someone in need, increasing that individual’s productivity, personal earnings, personal skill levels and much more.
  10. For the TravelersBackpacks from OAK Lifestyle - A variety of styles and several different colors make these backpacks great gifts for just about anyone who travels. For every backpack purchased from OAK Lifestyle, another backpack is donated to at-risk and homeless youth in the United States and Rwanda.
  11. For the Confection LoversGift Baskets from That’s Caring - With a large variety of products ranging from coffee and tea with cookies or muffins to gourmet confections and wine & cheese gifts, That’s Caring truly has something for everyone. Best of all, when you purchase a gift box from That’s Caring, you donate to food banks across the United States that distribute Weekend Bags of food to hungry children in food-insecure households. 
  12. For Those on-the-Go GifteesMarket Tote Bags from Esperos Bags - Everyone needs a bag to toss all of their on-the-go items in when they’re a headed out the door. These canvas market tote bags come in several color combinations, meaning you’ll definitely be able to find something personalized to your gift recipient. Each online purchase donates money to a partnership with non-profits to help provide education to children in need.
  13. For the Fashionable OnesStylish Items from Greenola Style - Greenola has a little bit of everything from jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings) and gloves to hats, headbands and scarves. The colorful, creative items are crafted by artisans in marginalized regions of the world, and Greenola has an empowerment model providing those artisans with healthcare, design education, business training and community building.
  14. For the AdventurersLiving is the Adventure Men’s Shirt from Sevenly - Every item purchased from this company donates $7 to charity, meaning your purchase immediately gives back. Specifically, the purchase of this tee donates $7 to First Descents, a group that provides free adventure experiences for cancer fighters and survivors.
  15. For the Hunger FightersThe Jude Necklace from Half United - If you have family and friends that are into the fight against hunger, this Fighting Hunger necklace is a perfect gift for them. Each necklace incorporates three recycled bullet casings, putting the “anti-hunger” stance on full display.   Purchasing this necklace donates to partners who provide crops and gardens, fish farms, education and backpack meals to those who need them.
  16. For the Babies That’s Caring Baby Onesie - A tri-blend (25% cotton, 50% polyester, 25% rayon), unisex onesie, this super soft little outfit helps even the smallest of do-gooders contribute to spreading the word about the world’s hunger crisis. Purchasing a onesie donates sustainable, nonperishable weekend meals for a hungry child in need.
  17. For the Fitness Fanatic or Water EnthusiastFaucet Face Water Bottles - Glass bottles from Faucet Face don’t taint liquid like plastic bottles and aluminum cans are known to do. That means that not only will your gift recipient enjoy the delicious taste of the water in the bottle, but will also be giving fresh water to families in India…100 liters of clean water, to be exact!
  18. For the Bakery FrequentersA Box of Gourmet Baked Goods from That’s Caring - Whether your gift recipient enjoys all-natural, homemade, gourmet cookies (in a variety of flavors) or all-natural, homemade, gourmet muffins (also in a variety of flavors), you’ll find the perfect gift for those bakery goers on your shopping list. You have a choice of sizes and combinations, and each purchase donates nonperishable, sustainable, nourishing, all-natural food supplies to hungry children in food-insecure households.
  19. For the People with PetsPet Items from Stand Up 2 Cancer - Industrial strength toys, leashes, collars and even sustainable, eco-friendly pet clothing bearing the Stand Up 2 Cancer logo will help any pet enthusiast show his or her support for the fight against cancer. Each purchase donates to the cause, donating to scientists participating in SU2C-funded research, clinical trials funded by SU2C, patient enrollment in SU2C clinical trials and more.
  20. For the Literary FansWhere the Wild Things Are Collection from Out of Print - If your gift recipient loves books like Where the Wild Things Are, this collection is perfect for him or her. It has everything from baby onesies and long and short-sleeved t-shirts to canvas bags and pouches. Give these gifts and a book is donated to a community in need through Out of Print’s partnership with Books for Africa.