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17 Gifts For The Holidays That Give Back

Sarah Midkiff

Gifts that give back are always a good idea. After all, what's better than a gift that you know helped other people? It's like giving two gifts in one.

We've put together a list of gifts that pledge a donation with every purchase, or come from non-profit companies. Some come from big brands you probably were planning on shopping at this holiday season, and some from smaller companies who have developed a community of supporters. Their missions range from helping the environment, to providing essentials to low income families, to helping women in developing countries afford a college education.

Click through to see some of our favorite gifts that give back.

TOMS

TOMS has a long-standing deal that gives back — for every pair of TOMS purchased, they will match your purchase with a pair of shoes for a child in need. TOMS boasts over 60 million shoes delivered to children around the world, and their winter options are a perfect holiday gift.

TOMS Black Plaid Faux Fur with Tassels Women's Ivy Slippers, $, available at TOMS

Girlfriend Collective

Each pair of leggings is made out of 25 recycled water bottles. On top of that, Girlfriend Collective makes sure that all of their factories are fair and safe for its workers. As if we needed another reason to stock up on leggings.

Girlfriend Collective Moss Compressive High-Rise Legging, $, available at Girlfriend Collective

Bird + Stone

Bird + Stone offers a lot of products and even lets customers shop by causes they are interested in giving back to. This season, their Climate Cuff represents a lot of what 2019 was about — a movement toward sustainability. Made of upcycled brass, 10% of proceeds from this purchase go toward New York Renews and environmental justice.

Bird + Stone Climate Cuff, $, available at Bird + Stone

House of Marley

Each year, the earth-friendly audio maker donates money to One Tree Planted which works to plant trees to increase biodiversity, clean air, and water filtration.

The House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 Wireless Headphones, $, available at The House of Marley

The Lipstick Lobby

Kiss My Pink lipstick is packed with vitamins C and E, and best of all, 100% of proceeds go straight to Planned Parenthood. The product is also vegan, cruelty free, and an idea gift to support reproductive rights.

The Lipstick Lobby Kiss My Pink Lipstick, $, available at The Lipstick Lobby

Fazl Socks

Who doesn't love cozy socks during the holidays? The only thing better is knowing that 50% of their net profits are donated to orphaned and low income children in India to help pay for their food, housing, education, and clothing.

Fazl Khushee (Happiness), $, available at Fazl

Wild Fang

The clothing line donates a percentage of all full priced merchandise to a list of rotating charities largely aimed at helping women, particularly women of color and LGBTQ women. They released an "I Really Care" collection to directly benefit The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Additionally, they have raised money for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Wildfang Wild Feminist Tee, $, available at Wildfang

Sseko Designs

This ethical fashion company hires women in Uganda to help change their life for the better. Each woman hired is then assisted in going to and affording a college education with the goal of creating jobs, healthy communities, and end the cycle of poverty.

Sseko Saddle Crossbody Bag, $, available at Sseko Designs

Thinx

When you were a kid, getting underwear for Christmas might have seemed like the last thing you'd want, but times have changed. Thinx underwear acts as a pad and is a more environmentally conscious option for replacing or supplementing tampons (or menstrual cups if you want to go fully sustainable with your period products). So, not only is it good for the earth, but Thinx also donates menstrual products to women in homeless and underprivileged communities.

THINX Cheeky, $, available at THINX

S'well

S'well's giving back strategy is two-fold. First, replacing single-use plastic water bottle use is better for the environment. Second, they gave over 320,000 of their water bottles to New York City public schools.

S'well S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $, available at Amazon

Everlane

Everlane already is deligent about its fair trade and ethical factories, but it's 100% Human collection donates $5 for every item purchased to the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Now.

Everlane The 100% Human French Terry Hoodie in Large Print, $, available at Everlane

Lush

Lush's yearly Charity Pot not only smells amazing (ylang ylang and rosewood!), but it 100% of the price, minus taxes, goes to grassroots organizations working on environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.

Lush Charity Pot, $, available at Lush

Mayfair Soap Foundry

Soak up all the relaxation with these bath salts knowing that while you were enjoying the smell of grapefruit and bergamot, part of your purchase went to Starlight Children's Foundation, an organization that helps kids staying in hospitals for extended periods of time.

Mayfair Soap Foundry Mayfair Soap Foundry Bath Salts in Grapefruit Bergamot, $, available at Amazon

STATE

For every STATE bag purchased, they hand-deliver a backpack packed with essential tools for success to local children in challenging and often low-income circumstances.

Cleo and Clementine Bedford Backpack, $, available at The Sarah Seven

The Giving Keys

Taking on the Pay It Forward model, every purchase made at The Giving Keys helps provide job opportunities to people transitioning out of homelessness.

The Giving Keys Never Ending Key Choker Necklace, $, available at The Giving Keys

Warby Parker

The cool kids in the eyewear game have given away more than 4 million pairs of glasses thanks to its "Buy A Pair, Give A Pair" program. If you're worried about buying your loved one something so intimate as glasses or sunglasses (will they fit? will they like them?), you can always send a gift card.

Warby Parker Lapis Crystal with Grey Gradient lenses, $, available at Warby Parker

C hoose Love

Instead of buying a gift for yourself, or even someone you know, you could chose this season to give back in an entirely new way — shopping for refugees. Choose Love is a store that sells products delivered directly to refugees, like coats, blankets, and supplies.

Help Refugees Child's Coat, $, available at Choose Love

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