There is nothing like giving someone that perfect gift. The one that makes them gasp in surprise and then beam with excitement. Now, if that gift could also pay that joy forward and do good for someone else, then that is even sweeter. That was our motivation for putting together this Gifts That Give Back Guide for Christmas 2020 when extra help has never been needed more.
We have found a wide selection of companies and organizations that offer a variety of products certain to suit everyone on your list. Plus they all directly support a number of people and causes. Click the links or images to learn more about these great businesses and organizations and to get shopping.
It is only fitting to start with TOMS as they are the original One for One Company. While traveling through Argentina in 2006, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie saw the hardships faced by children without shoes. This inspired him to create a for-profit business with giving at its core. The idea? For every pair of shoes the company sold, a new pair would be given to a child in need. And with that, TOMS—short for Tomorrow’s Shoes—was born.
Since 2006, TOMS has given nearly 100 million pairs of shoes to people in need. And while shoes can have a big impact, they have learned that giving grants can have an even bigger impact. Now, for every $3 made, TOMS will also give $1 away. Shop TOMS extensive product line knowing they lead by example and always looking to take giving to the next level.
BOMBAS started with a belief that everyone, no matter their circumstances, deserves to put on clean clothes that feel good. Their mission since day one has been to help those experiencing homelessness.
They then perfected socks and t-shirts that people would want to buy and created a business model that would donate an item for every item purchased. To date, they have donated more than 40 million items to more than 2,500 community organizations.
Check out BOMBAS products made with the best materials and the smartest design. They’re more than just a good holiday gift. They’re a kinder, cozier, and more generous present that everyone on your list will be able to use and love, year-round.
While volunteering in Austin, Texas the founders of Mitscoots discovered that right after food and water, there was no greater request among the less fortunate than for quality clothing. They created Mitscoots in response to this need.
For every item purchased, they give an equal quality item to someone in need. They also employ transitioning homeless to get each and every style packaged up and ready to go.
Warby Parker believes everyone has the right to see. Alleviating the problem of impaired vision is at the heart of what Warby Parker does. Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses as they are not affordable to them. Warby Parker was created with the aim of providing designer eyewear at affordable pricing.
Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. To date, over seven million pairs of glasses have been distributed through their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. If you are looking for a pair of glasses or sunglasses, head to Warby Parker where you’re sure to find the perfect pair.
Bird + Stone was founded on the idea that brands have the power to be vehicles for change. They are committed to ethically-made products that support organizations building a more equal world. They believe in creating a community of change makers, and leveraging collective purchasing power to drive change.
When you shop with Bird + Stone, you are not only helping to invest in organizations driving change — you are joining a community of changemakers that stand up against injustice and build the world we want to see.
You can Shop by Cause and select a product that most closely aligns with your values. Be sure to read the description for the amount or percentage to be donated.
ROMA Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot. Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education.
For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. ROMA‘s ultimate goal is not only to provide aid, but to educate. By doing so they hope to empower impoverished children around the world to break out of the cycle of poverty and contribute their gifts and talents to society.
Check out ROMA‘s full line of boots knowing that each pair you buy, gives a pair to a child in need.
UNICEF Market is an online gifts shopping catalog featuring artisans from around the world. Proceeds from UNICEF Market online gift catalog supports talented artisans and their families while helping UNICEF save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children.
Shop UNICEF Market‘s eclectic catalog of well-designed and beautifully handcrafted products perfect for everyone on your list. You can even Shop by a Cause to find products that support your preferred initiatives.
The founders of cuddle+kind know the crucial role nutrition plays in a child’s development. After seeing a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world, they were inspired to help. On that day, they decided to start a company whose purpose is to help improve the lives of children and make a difference.
cuddle+kind was created because they wanted to make beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children. For every cuddle+kind doll sold, they give 10 meals to children in need. Since 2015, they have helped provide over 13 million meals to children in need! You can shop their adorable dolls and help feed a child. What more could you want?
The Little Market is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of women worldwide through dignified income opportunities. The company is co-founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla. Their mission is anchored in the fundamental belief that every person has the right to safe jobs, and fair, liveable wages.
Each piece in their nonprofit fair trade shop is made following fair trade principles. Ultimately contributing to a life-changing sustainable income and giving back to the people who made it. Shop The Little Market‘s ethically sourced, artisan-made products and be sure to read the description to learn more about the artist and how your purchase supports them.
The mission of The Joe Strummer Foundation is to provide opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music. Their objectives are: 1) The prevention or relief of poverty, particularly of young people, anywhere in the world by providing: grants, items, and services to individuals in need and/or charities, or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty; 2) To promote, improve, develop and maintain the education of the public in the art, culture, and science of music in all its aspects. This is for the public benefit, in particular young musicians, including by the provision of funds for the purchase of musical instruments and studio rehearsal; and 3) To promote, improve, and advance the arts, including music, for the public benefit including by the presentation of exhibitions, public events and concerts. They accomplish this through donations from supporters and proceeds from the merchandise they sell through their online store. Shop The Joe Strummer Foundation now to support this great cause in honour of the late, great Joe Strummer.
Olivela founder and CEO Stacey Boyd joined Malala Yousafzai on a visit to refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda where she met amazing girls with extraordinary stories. She realized these girls had to risk their lives for the same opportunities – like access to education and to live a free life – that she and her two daughters were lucky to have. In that moment, it became clear that while talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not. From this realization, a new kind of retailer was born – one with giving back built into every, single transaction.
Olivela makes it very simple – you shop your favourite designer fashion and beauty brands and they give 20% of the proceeds directly to one of their partner charities. And at absolutely no additional cost to you.
BoxLunch is a civic-minded web + brick and mortar based speciality retailer offering a curated collection of licensed and non-licensed merchandise. With every $10 spent on any of their pop culture-themed products, BoxLunch will help provide a meal secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. Click here for more information on their giving program.
Give-A-Care is a full collection of helpful, high-quality products created by Rethink Breast Cancer, a registered charity with over 15 years experience working with young women with breast cancer. It is the first line of products for young women with breast cancer, that actually understands young women with breast cancer.
Show that you Give-A-Care by building a custom care package that acknowledges what they’re really going through, while opening doors for conversations to get real—and most importantly—giving her the care she really needs.
Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. They do this by providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support. They believe that together, we can rise up against systems that commoditize, criminalize, and abuse women.
Shop Thistle Farms beautiful line of products knowing that you are helping to light a pathway of healing and hope for women survivors.
Lauren Bush founded FEED in 2007 after seeing the reality of childhood hunger firsthand while traveling with the World Food Programme. She created the first FEED Bag as a tangible way for her peers to get involved.
Through the sale of their products, they not only provide meals, but also sustainable livelihoods for their artisan partners and their families. To this day, every product FEED makes has a number on it, representing the school meals donated with its purchase. By partnering with on-the-ground giving partners, they are improving access to nutritious meals for children in 63 countries around the world, including America. To date, they have provided over 100 million meals. Shop FEEDs complete line of artisan-made products for everyone on your list.
Sevenly was founded in 2011 with the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a simple, core belief that ‘People Matter,’ the Sevenly team activated the now global ‘cause art’ movement and started creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase “advocacy art, apparel, and accessories” that donate to non-profits.
Now widely recognized as one of the world’s leading ‘social good’ companies, Sevenly activates its Campaigns and cause-themed Collections created to change lives by raising funding, awareness, and followers for the world’s greatest causes. You can choose your preferred cause to support with every Sevenly purchase.
Hand in Hand was formed in 2011 shortly after its founders read an article with an alarming statistic: 5 million children die each year from water-related illnesses. They founded the sustainable soap company that, today, has expanded to include an array of products and has donated approximately 3 million bars of soap.
All Hand in Hand products are palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and petrochemical-free. So shop without worry knowing that with every Hand in Hand purchase, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated to a child in need.
If you are looking for something to give the beauty junky in your life, you can check out our Beauty Gift Guide. Are you more apt to spend money if you know that the company gives back? Let us know if it has an impact on your shopping habits in the comments.