Watching someone open a present you picked out is nerve-wracking—but when you get it right, it feels amazing. But it can be tricky to find that perfect something for the people on your list you don’t know so well, like your cousin’s partner you matched with in the family Secret Santa or Janice in accounting who lets it slide when you turn in your expenses late. My fail-safe plan for these situations? Gift a product that has a charitable tie-in.
This year, I’ll be wrapping treats like the Right to Shower’s body wash, which supports nonprofits offering hygiene services to people living on the streets; a Garnier WholeBlends hair kit that helps educate children in need; and the Hope floral candle, made by a company that donates all of its profits to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. Even if the recipients don’t like the goods (though how could they not?), they’ll be thrilled to know their gifts supported good causes.
'Tis the season for dry skin. Ylang ylang, rosewood oils, and nourishing cocoa butter come together to create a luxurious concoction that leaves you smelling good and feeling moisturized all day long.
Lush gives the full retail price for this body lotion to grassroots organizations working in human rights, animal protection, and environmental justice.
Do good and feel good with a sudsy shower sesh. This citrus-smelling body wash gives back to homeless communities, so you can feel extra joyful knowing that your right to a refreshing shower is being shared with others.
All profits support mobile showers for people living on the streets.
Calendula, known for its skin-soothing abilities, is the hero ingredient of this dreamy quartet, which includes a face wash, a toner, and a face cream. The set also includes an Amazonian white clay-powered mask for when your pores need an extra detox.
For each four-piece skincare kit sold, Kiehl’s donates $1 to Feeding America.
One swipe of this coral blush will leave your cheeks buzzing with life.
A portion of proceeds from this blush shade is donated to the Xerces Society, which helps preserve bees and their habitats.
A collection inspired by "strong icons, rule-breakers, record-makers, and history-shakers," these lipsticks come in an array of statement-making shades, ranging from a peachy nude to a deep wine.
Sales of all Hot Lips shades support Women for Women International. (The brand will donate $1.3 million in total.)
Bring some hope (and light) into your home during the winter months with this floral scented candle.
All of this company’s net profits go to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.
This hand cream is infused with ultra-moisturizing ingredients, like shea butter and coconut oil, and age-deflecting ingredients like niacinamide to keep your hands nourished and wrinkle-free.
Ten percent of the purchase price goes to the breast cancer charities Fab-U-Wish and the Pink Agenda.
Wave brittle winter hair goodbye. This lush trio of shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment uses honey, royal jelly, and propolis to leave your hair subtly scented and not-so-subtly shiny.
One dollar from each three-piece kit is donated to UNICEF.
Outrage is that elusive shade of red that instantly transforms everybody into a femme fatale.
The ACLU gets $5 for every tube of Outrage sold.
For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter (subscribe here).