15 Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Worthy Causes

Make your present count towards the present. (Get it?)

Design By Morgan McMullen

Sure, when you find just the right gift (like that life-sized cutout of Jamie Fraser for the Outlander fan in your life), it brings joy to both you and the recipient. But the holidays are about more than that; the holidays are about people you've never met before also experiencing joy. So make your purchases count (and help someone else out) with an even greater gift—a gift that helps the greater good. Choosing any of the presents, below, will have a positive impact on this big ol' world we call home, with proceeds benefitting worthy causes.

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A Bracelet That Gives Peace of Mind
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Alex and Ani

*Breathe in, breathe out.* Alex and Ani's collection featuring the Meditating Eye not only reminds your recipient to take some time and relax but also sends money to the David Lynch Foundation, an organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress.

A Cocktail Holder That Gives Others Water
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Absolut Elyx

This rose gold pineapple not only is a fun/cool/Instagrammable bar cart accessory, but every sale provides access to one week of safe water to someone in need. Cheers indeed.

Assorted Gifts That Will Help Puerto Rico Rebuild
Shop and Hire Puerto Rico

Non-profit Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust has launched "Shop and Hire Puerto Rico," an initiative that highlights Puerto Rican goods (like this Be You U Be book bag, $35) and services for hire in an effort to support the long-term recovery goals of the island, following Hurricane Maria.

Soft Skin For A Better World
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'Tis the season for dry skin. Lush Charity Pot body cream keeps skin smooth, hydrated, soft, and smelling of ylang ylang and rosewood, and keeps your heart happy knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. Plus, the ingredients are sourced from the Sustainable Lush Fund projects, an initiative that supports regenerative agriculture around the world. 

Glowing Skin to Help Growing Careers

Who knew that you could get radiant skin while also supporting a good cause? Profits from beauty brand LXMI's products work to preserve Nilotica trees in Uganda, which produces the main ingredient in many of the brand's products: Nilotica Reserve™. They also pay women three times the local wage to harvest the nuts from the tree, providing them with sustainable income. 

A Blanket that Will Warm Your Heart
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Mitscoots Outfitters

Blankets are a classic holiday gift. Send one that's extra special by purchasing from Mitscoots Outfitters, which employs people transitioning out of homelessness into stable employment to package each and every blanket, like this cream colored chevron one. With every purchase, a blanket of equal quality is donated to a shelter.

The Backpack That Makes Dreams Achievable
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If the holiday season is the time to make dreams come true, this backpack's the way to do it. By purchasing a bag or backpack from State, you'll also be helping an American child learn. For each item bought, the company will hand-deliver a backpack filled with "essential tools for success," according to its mission page.

A Feminine Cuff For Feminist Causes
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Bird and Stone

Brooklyn-based jewelry company Bird and Stone wants to fight inequality while inspiring women everywhere. They've partnered with Planned Parenthood of New York to launch The Future Is Female cuff.

Cheers to Charity
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One Hope Wine

Not sure what to bring the host of all those holiday parties you're attending? We've got your back. With One Hope, you can contribute to all different types of causes, like ending childhood hunger and supporting veterans, with each purchase of a bottle of wine. The company has donated more than $3 million since it started in 2007.

A Notebook To Change The World
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Some of the coolest stuff on the school supply market is coming from YOOBI. And what's even better is that for every purchase, a YOOBI classroom pack is distributed to schools in high-need areas all across the country via the Kids in Need Foundation.

An Environment-Saving Water Bottle
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The movement towards using less plastic exploded in 2018, and almost everyone is trying to do what she can to be more eco-friendly. If you've got a friend who's trying to go plastic-free, a sleek S'well bottle is the perfect gift for them. Not only do they keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours, but S'well has committed $800,000 to the UNICEF Tap Project since 2015, in an effort to provide clean water and sanitation facilities to children around the world. If you buy this (PRODUCT)RED bottle, S'well will contribute 20 percent of the retail price towards the organization's fight against AIDS in Africa.

Pet Accessories That Save Pets
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Found My Animal

Got a friend who loves animals as much (or more) than they love people? With Found My Animal, you can spread the love to them and their fur-baby, and somebody else's fur-baby. Found My Animal sells a variety of pet accessories and donates part of the proceeds to rescue organizations. 

Make A Statement In A Statement Tee
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Stand up and be heard seen in this statement tee from Everlane. The retailer wants to remind you that we're all human, and also wants to protect human rights. Five-dollars of every purchase goes to the ACLU.

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