Have you heard of #GivingTuesday?
It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, which is when many people focus on their end of the year giving. It is also a great day to get involved in your community. You can search this site for more information on ways you can get involved.
If you want to use your dollars to make a difference this year, check out these 20 ideas and companies where you can find gifts that give back to charity.
20 Websites with Gifts that Give Back to Charity
1. Winter Hats & Apparel: Love Your Melon
50% of profits go to nonprofits to help fight pediatric cancer. I’m pretty obsessed with their beanies, but they also sell mugs, backpacks, scarves and other apparel.
2. Succulent Gardens: Lula’s Garden
These succulent gardens make great gifts and they are eco-friendly and long-lasting. Although it doesn’t say what percentage of their profits go to help with clean water, it is part of their mission (hey Lula, I’d love to know what percentage you donate and which organizations you work with!)
3. Stylish Back Packs: State
These super stylish backpacks also give back. For each bag sold, they hand-deliver a backpack – packed with essential tools for success – to an American child in need.
4. Adorable Stuffed Animals: Cuddle + Kin
For each doll they sell, they give 10 meals to children in need. Not only is this an amazing cause, the dolls are adorable! I definitely plan to get one for each of my kids this Christmas.
5. Natural Home & Body Products: Thistle Farms
This company offers natural home and body products that are handmade by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. They also offer a lot of great gift sets that would be perfect for the holidays.
6. Bath Products: Mayfair Soap Foundry
They offer various products for the bath. With each item purchased, Mayfair Soap Foundry helps provide moments of joy and normalcy, such as camp experiences, for American families going through difficult health challenges in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation.
7. Candles: The Starling Project
If you’re going to get someone candles this year, think about the Starling Project, which was founded in 2015 with the mission of providing solar energy to communities in need around the world.
8. Soaps, Bath & Body: B.A.R.E Soaps
They give 20% of their proceeds to Uganda and India to help with education and sanitation.
9. Baby Blankets and Bibs: Everything Happy
For every product purchased, a second product will be donated to a child in need. They offer adorable blankets and other products for kids.
10. Dog Leashes: Found My Animal
This company offers very stylish dog leashes and they donate to animal rescues and help with pet adoption.
11. Gonna Shop on eBay? Check out eBay for Charity
12. Books: Better World Books
If you’re planning to get someone a book this holiday season, check out Better World Books, which will donate a book for every book purchased.
13. Jewelry: PURPOSE Jewelry
PURPOSE Jewelry is beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking. By Purchasing with Purpose you are providing freedom, dignity, and hope for these amazing artisans. They work with survivors in Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA. From creation to shipping, these young women are playing a critical role in every step of the process. They are able to earn a fair wage and gain employable skills for the future.
14. Headphones: LSTN
LSTN was founded with a singular purpose: to change lives through the power of music. Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide.
15. Scarves: Bloom & Give
If you plan to give someone a scarf this year, check out Bloom & Give, which gives 50% of their proceeds to support education for girls around the world.
16. Stuffed Dolls: The Doll Kind
If you want to get a little one in your life a cute doll, the ones from the Doll Kind also make for a good cause. For every doll purchased, they will donate a doll to a child in need.
17. Handbags: Be Brilliant Bags
Be Brilliant Bags is a luxury handbag company that designs handbags with a purpose – 10% of each sale supports initiatives to help women entrepreneurs succeed in business.
18. Stationary: Hooray for the Underdog!
Every purchase from Hooray for the Underdog! helps shelter pets and animal welfare charities. They sell stationary, cards, journals, and more.
19. Glasses/Sunglasses: Warby Parker
With their buy a pair, give a pair program, Warby Parker will donate a pair for each pair purchased. So far, they have distributed 3 million pairs of glasses to people in need with impaired vision.
20. Water Filters: Soma
For every water filter sold, Soma donates to water charities around the world. These contributions go directly to sustainable, community-owned water projects in developing countries.
These are just 20 ideas of places you can find gifts that give back to charity. If you’re looking for some other gift ideas, here are some tips about subscription boxes, and here’s a recent post about hostess gifts.