Each year, we love putting together some of our favorite gifts that give back in substantial and specific ways — not just some undetermined percentage of your purchase going to “charities.”
While we definitely share these kinds of gifts that give back year round, it has special meaning to us today on #GivingTuesday, in which we take a moment to count our blessings, while finding ways that we can do good for others.
Now we know that with Giving Tuesday coming right on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (phew) you may be experiencing a little bit of shopping burnout. But we hope there’s still room in your hearts — and your budgets — for some of these lovely gifts that give back.
And while we picked just one item from each of these makers or webshops, be sure to look at the rest of their collection too. These are some truly good people selling a lot of gorgeous gifts for worthy causes out there.
Oh…and of course, you can always make a direct tribute donation supporting a charity doing work that’s important to you and to your recipient.. That’s what we did this year, too.
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Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Shades
6 gorgeous shades from this high-end, fabulous cosmetics company. Each supports a different nature conservation org like David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust, Monarch Butterfly Fund, American Wild Horse Campaign, Xerxes Society, and Widecast Sea Turtle Conservation Society.
$40, Chantecaille | Portion of proceeds supports conservancy organizations to protect our planet’s essential wildlife.
Altruette Charm Bracelets and Necklaces
Choose from lots of gorgeous bracelets or necklaces, then add charms, each one supporting a specific charity in the categories of children, animals, community, education, women, education and the arts
Charms $49 and up, Altruette | Significant percentage of proceeds support your choice of charity
Kate Spade On Purpose Collection Bags
Handcrafted by the women artisans of Masoro, Rwanda, the collection over the years has helped reshaped tens of thousands of lives of the artists and their families.
$258, Kate Spade NY On Purpose Collection but try code CYBERFUNDAY for a big discount | creating sustainable income for a community of 20,000
C&B Feeding America Housewares Collection
Crate & Barrel has several give-back initiatives, including a small collection of lovely housewares donating $5 from each purchase to support the impactful work of one of our top charities.
$19.95/Handcrafted Polish Pitcher, Crate & Barrel | supporting Feeding America
Succulents Subscription Box
Receive 1 air plant or between 1-4 succulents each month, all grown organically in California.
$5 a month and up, Succulents Box | 5% of purchase go to One Tree Planted to support reforestation efforts
We can’t say enough great things about To the Market, which helps reinvent women’s lives around the world in so many meaningful ways. Their accessories collection has so much to love.
$199 and up, To the Market | Creating a sustainable living, health care benefits, and economic opportunities for artisans in Ajmer
Handcrafted Abera Leather Crossbody Tote
Named for Abera, one of the Ethiopian women who originally created the bags and is supported by her trade, it’s one of many gifts that give back at ABLE (fka FashionABLE)/.
$135 on sale at ABLE (add $8 for personalization) | Profits positively impact the lives of makers in both Ethiopia and the US who are paid living wages and important benefits.
Petite Edition Handmade Dumye Dolls
Handcrafted, organic heirloom dolls with linen and cotton blend lace clothing. Just order by Dec 8 to receive in time for Xmas.
$54 and app at Dumye | For each doll, an orphan or refugee child in need will be gifted his or her own doll
“She Inspires” Candle Collection
Natural soy and coconut wax candles in containers meant to be cleaned and reused Lots of options here, all made by an LC3 organization in Massachusetts.
$20 each/ $75 for gifts set of 4, Prosperty Candle | Purchases support women to lift them out of poverty through entrepreneurship.
$75/adult hoodies,, $35/kids tees, The Phluid Project | 10% donated to The Born This Way Foundation to spread kindness and make the world a better place.
Heart & Stone Giving Is Good Necklace Collection
Gorgeously crafted keepsake necklaces in 9 styles, supporting different charities.
(Feel the Love necklace supporting the International Rescue Committee shown here)
$110 and up, Heart & Stone | 15% donated to orgs supporting health and wellness, refugees, adoption, autism, and more.
Alexa Fingerless Gloves by Krochet Kids
Handmade in Peru, these alpaca-poly blend gloves are stylish and practical (at least if you’re texting.
$28, Krochet Kids | Profits help change the life of the woman who made it
One Hope Glitter Brut Sparkling Wine
Everything at One Hope supports a great cause, but this one is particularly gorgeous. And the cause is important to us.
$59, One Hope Wines | Supports at-risk LGBTQ+ youth through the Trevor Project
Natural Dyed Clothbound Journal
Made by Borderline, a fair trade collective supporting families in the dangerous refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border.
$25/ea, Global Goods Partners | Proceeds help provide food, health care and economic opportunities for refugee women and their families.
Etkie Native American Artisan Bracelets
Spectacular beaded earrings and bracelets using unique traditional Navajo techniques and equipment.
$275 for Alice Glass Bead Cuff shown here, Etkie | Purchases entirely support Native American artisans on New Mexico reservations to help provide a living wage and preserve an important cultural history.
Cuddle & Kind Handmade Mermaid Doll
Gorgeously hand-knit in Peru by fair trade artisans, the’ve been one of our favorite gifts that give back for several years now.
$72, Nordstrom or at the Cuddle & Kind website | Each purchase provides meals to hungry children
Box of 18 Stained Glass Dove Cards
The world is changing fast, and this is a gift from an org supporting the planet in meaningful ways.
$27.99, National Wildlife Federation | Purchases help protect wildlife for our children’s future
Bamboo Woodland Creature Ornament Set
Paper Culture is best known for their eco-friendly, sustainable stationery and gift cards but love these ornaments.
$9.99 on sale, Paper Culture | A tree is planted for every order at the shop
Stella & Dot x Dress for Success Heart Studs
So pretty, and supports a wonderful cause.
$19 at Stella and Dot | 20% donated to empower women to achieve economic independence through business attire, support networks, and professional development tools.
Baby Swaddlers and Blankets
Beautifully designed, so many patterns, and each swaddle purchase supports the nonprofit Swaddle4Swaddle. Including bibs, loveys and more.
$39 and up for swaddles, Audrey & Bear | Each purchase donates a similar item to a baby in a NICU or pediatric cancer center
Caliber Collection Jewelry
A series of hand-forged bracelets and cufflinks created with metal from shell casings and engraved with the serial numbers from illegal guns obtained through buyback programs in Detroit, Newark, Hartford and San Francisco. Every bracelet worn means one more illegal gun off the streets.
$190 and up, Caliber Collection | 20% of proceeds donated to Caliber Foundation to support victims and communities devastated by illegal gun violence
$26 and up, Mitscoots | Your purchase employees transitioning homeless in the US; for each purchase in the shop, an identical one is donated to a person in need.
Pottery Barn Teen x St. Jude’s Faux Fur Pillow Cover
Also available as a cozy throw blanket.
$39.50 (but on sale today), Pottery Barn Teen | 25% supports St. Jude’s Research Hospital providing lifesaving research, treatment and care for sick children and their families.
Teal Kantha Bracelet with Tassel
Tiny beads made of teal Kantha textiles wrapped on a thin brass band. All sustainably sourced and handmade by women paid fair wages.
$15.75, Heifer International | supporting women artisans in Industry to help break the cycle of poverty