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The Best Holiday Gifts That Give Back
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January 4, 2024

The Best Holiday Gifts That Give Back

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The Best Holiday Gifts That Give Back.
The Best Holiday Gifts That Give Back

The holiday season is a time to feel joy and spread joy. While the most important thing about this time of year is creating treasured memories with loved ones, let’s be real: the presents are also a big deal.

If you buy gifts from a company that gives back, you can feel extra warm and fuzzy while sipping hot cocoa and watching those closest to you tear through wrapping paper, knowing that those presents not only brought a smile to the recipient’s face, but also made a positive impact on the world. For kids, these gifts are just as wonderful as anything else they’d receive—there are tons of personalized gifts and great subscription gifts—they just happen to come from companies with great missions.

Many brands give back to charitable organizations, donating proceeds to causes ranging from wildlife conservation to human rights, while others make a statement with their products by using sustainable materials or decreasing their carbon footprint.

Some companies make their mission clear in their marketing, but others are more subtle. If you’re curious about a brand’s charitable or sustainability practices, you can often find information on their website under tabs commonly labeled “Our Story,” “Our Mission” or “About Us.”

Making a point to support a charitable company may lead you to discover impacts some of your favorite brands are making (like Toms, Melissa & Doug and B. Toys) or find something new you might not have come across otherwise.

There are many wonderful holiday gifts for the whole family that give back, too. These are some of our favorites.

mini mioche 
Baby Organic Long Sleeve Bodysuit

A portion of all proceeds will support Project Halo in its mission to create hospital spaces devoted to parents and caregivers.
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STATE Bags 
Kane Kids Bike Bag Printed Canvas Multi Check

Each bag purchase helps fund initiatives like donating fully-packed backpacks to US kids and families in need.
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Bombas 
Youth Ankle Sock 8-Pack

One pair of socks is donated to homeless shelters for every pair purchased.
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Tegu 
8 Piece Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set

Tegu also positively impacts the families of workers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras by paying a true living wage, maintaining safe and secure working conditions and giving back to local schools.
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Melissa & Doug 
Geometric Stacker Wooden Educational Toy

Melissa & Doug is 100% carbon neutral. The company has also partnered with One Tree Planted to plant 10 million trees by 2030.
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Everytown 
Big Mom Energy Tee

Every purchase helps Everytown build awareness and advance solutions to gun violence in America.
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Greta and the Giants Book

A percentage of the cover price will be donated to 350.org to support the future of clean energy.
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WWF 
Tub of Cubs Plush Animal Set

This purchase makes you a member of the WWF and helps support worldwide conservation activities.
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Frankie Cameron 
Fiesta Bag

A portion of sales from every bag supports Project Night Night, an organization that provides support and nighttime comforts like blankets, loveys and books to unhoused children.
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Wallflower Workshop 
Where Flowers Grow So Does Hope T-Shirt

All proceeds go to World Central Kitchen to help efforts in Ukraine.
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Out of Print 
Kids' The Monster at the End of This Book T-Shirt

Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
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Human Rights Campaign 
You Are Water Bottle

100% of your purchase fuels the fight for LGBTQ+ equality and makes you an active member of the Human Rights Campaign.
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Uncommon Goods 
Construction Plate & Utensils

With every purchase, Uncommon Goods will donate one dollar to a Better to Give partner of your choice.
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St. Jude Gift Shop 
Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

Purchasing this item will benefit the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Yoobi x Marvel 
Spider-Man Bento Box

For every purchase, Yoobi donates school supplies to children in need here in the United States.
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Abby & Finn 
Diaper Bundle Subscription

The company donates 30 diapers for every subscription box purchased.
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Allbirds 
Smallbirds Wool Runners

Allbirds is 100% carbon neutral and focuses on strategies like regenerative agriculture, renewable materials and responsible energy.
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Pura Vida 
Leopard Mini Backpack

Pura Vida provides sustainable jobs to artisans worldwide and raises awareness for charities with products that give back.
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LUSH 
Charity Pot Coin Body Lotion

100% of the purchase price (minus taxes) goes to grassroots organizations supporting human rights, animal rights and the environment.
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cuddle+kind 
Hand-Knit Doll

Cuddle + Kind donates 10 meals to children in need for every doll purchased.
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Melissa & Doug 
Take-Along Farm Play Mat

Melissa & Doug has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant 10 million trees by 2030.
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Skylar Yoo 
She's Magic, That One Toddler Graphic Tee

The company donates 10 percent of net profits to Planned Parenthood.
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WWF 
Wildlife Nesting Dolls

Your purchase supports wildlife conservation efforts around the world.
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St. Jude Gift Shop 
St. Jude Rocket Xylophone by Stephen Joseph

A portion of proceeds benefits St. Jude’s Research Hospital’s mission to treat and defeat childhood cancer.
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Kohl’s Cares® Sesame Street 
We're Different, We're the Same And We're Wonderful by Bo...

All net profits go towards Kohl’s Cares which supports the health and wellness of families across America.
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Patagonia 
Baby Furry Friends Bunting

Patagonia has pledged to donate 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the environment.
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Uncommon Goods 
Personalized Ocean Friends Nightlights

Uncommon Goods donates 1% of each sale to a Better to Give partner of your choice.
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tea 
Long Sleeve Pocket Romper

Tea Collection gives 10% of profits to projects and organizations both worldwide and locally, including the Global Fund for Children.
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The Company Store 
Fair Isle Matching Family Pajamas

Each holiday season, one dollar of every sale of family pajamas is donated The Ronald McDonald House New York.
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Toms 
Tiny Resident Heritage Canvas Toddler Sneaker

Toms invests one-third of its profits into grassroots organizations that support mental health.
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Tegu 
Magbot Magnetic Wooden Block Set

Tegu gives back a portion of the profits to the community in Honduras where these block sets are made.
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State Bags 
Kane Kids Travel Backpack

For each bag sold, STATE gives back to families and children in need across America.
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Magic Bag 
Warmy Ollie the Owl

A portion of the profits from each Warmy sold is donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Little Sleepies 
Blue Merry & Bright Zippy

Little Sleepies donates a portion of every sale to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
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Katrina Nattress

Katrina Nattress is a writer and mother of two who resides in Portland, OR.

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