Holidays are not only about giving, but about giving back, very. The best way to do this is to donate directly to the cause or organization that you – or they – are interested in.
However, if you want to give something to that special someone on your list—whether it’s a child, a friend, or a spouse—there are plenty of ways to give gifts that return the favor as well. Here are 20 ideas to get you started:
Go green and reduce your carbon footprint by offering experience instead of things. Encourage the people on your list to create their own sustainable, unrelated wish list on the SoKind registry, or check out Tinggly, which allows you to give someone an experience package of their choice.
Each WWF sponsorship comes with stuffed animals and an information sheet on that particular species. Many local zoos have similar programs. Extra Bonus: Grant a zoo membership, so you can go visit the animal you’ve nurtured.
Kiva is a non-profit organization that funds group loans to people all over the world without access to traditional lending sources. Kiva borrowers use the money to do things like pay off student loans, start a business, invest in agricultural equipment, or pay for emergency medical care. 100% of every dollar you lend through Kiva goes to Financing Loans. You can loan as little as $25, and Kiva says it has a historical repayment rate of 97%.
Not only is this as cute as succulents can be all the rage, but every succulent garden purchased provides six months of potable water for one person in the developing world.
Lush uses ethically sourced ingredients and 100% of the purchase price of the Charity Pot is donated to small grassroots organizations. Want to do good while also saving the planet? Choose the Charity Pot Coin, which comes in an unwrapped bar.
Social Goods gives a slew of gifts to nearly everyone on your list with every purchase, including a donation to a nonprofit leadership change for the issue at hand. For example, $10 off every purchase of this 1973 shirt (in celebration of the year that Raw vs. Wade decide) goes to the National Institute of Reproductive Health.
Every purchase of these national park candles will benefit from the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program, which “creates pathways for children to connect with nature through experiential learning and cultural heritage exercises.”
And buy the book an ambitious girl By Mina Harris The Baby On Your List Will Benefit USA For Women, a national organization dedicated to “collecting, communicating, and amplifying voices in the fight for full gender equality.”
Project 1619 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning initiative from The New York Times that “aims to reshape the history of the country by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of our national narrative.” With every purchase, The New York Times donates 50% of the sale price to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Not only are 4ocean bracelets attractive, they are made from recycled plastic. Not to mention that every 4ocean bracelet—or any of their products for that matter—includes the organization’s promise to remove one pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coasts. And the bracelets look nicely stacked, so why not buy a set?
This pop up is perfect for the teen in your life. Not only is it bright and cheerful, but 50% of net product sales go to the Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide of teens and young adults.
Not only do every purchase benefit from a wide variety of reasons why the world is better, but the socks are fair trade, made from clean organic cotton and sourced from producers in safe and fair working conditions. sYou can buy socks that benefit the National Urban League, which works to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and civil rights for the underprivileged in America, or socks that benefit the Reading Room Literacy Program, or socks that benefit the Animal Society of Best Friends Keeping Dogs and Cats. And these are just a few of the reasons and organizations that every pair of socks benefits from; There is a lot to choose from.
With a mission to “Leave It Better Than We Found It,” the Parks Project sells a variety of themed items for national parks, including puzzles, hats, and mugs. The organization uses the proceeds from its products to fund projects in national parks across the United States. To date, the organization has funded more than $2 million for environmental protection efforts.
FEED is on a mission to end childhood hunger. Every Feed purchase – be it a tote bag, scarf or apron – delivers meals to schoolchildren in need around the world. For example, the Meet the Host package with bib, tea towel and jam provides 36 meals for schoolchildren in need.
Every purchase at Project Honey Bees nurtures one unique bee, helping spread awareness and help conserve honeybees. They sell necklaces, pins, and stickers.
The Outrage calls itself the ‘hub of action’ that brings together fashion, community and activism to create meaningful change. They sell a wide range of trendy and unique products – from shirts to bags to socks – with net proceeds going to social justice organizations or to support Outrage community spaces. For example, 15% of proceeds from these Let Love Out socks are donated to the Trevor Project. The Black Lives Matter pin benefits organizations that fight for racial justice. This RBG contract benefits organizations working to advance the feminist movement.
The Giving Keys sells jewelry—including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets—and donates a portion of the profits to its longtime partner Chrysalis, which provides employment and support resources for people transitioning from homelessness.
SendingSun’s subscription sponsorship packages are perfect for the college kid on your list. Through the Make A Day initiative, SendingSun is partnering with the Adoption and Adoption Sponsorship Coalition to support teens currently in the foster care program. For every 10 sponsorship package subscriptions purchased, SendingSun provides an unforgettable sponsorship package for a teen in foster care.
This edible cookie dough company is dedicated to reducing the stigma around mental health and addiction recovery. A portion of every sale is donated to the SHE RECOVERS® Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to connect, support, and empower women in their pursuit or recovery.
With every pair of Bombas socks purchased, the company donates a pair of socks to homeless shelters across the country. To date, they have donated more than 50 million items to more than 35,000 community organizations. While you’re at it, why not buy some extras to have at your local shelter?