25 gifts that let you give back


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Many holiday budgets are a bit tighter this year, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the U.S. economy. If giving gifts to your loved ones and organizations in need is on your holiday shopping to-do list, you might be happy to hear there are ways to cross off both items at once. Many retailers have made charitable giving part of their company’s mission statement and will donate items or funds when all or some of their products are sold. Here are 25 gifts that let you give back. (Note: Prices subject to change.) 

Gifts that give back

No Kid Hungry spatulas
Williams-Sonoma / iStock

1. Williams-Sonoma ‘No Kid Hungry’ Tools for Change spatula


Thirty percent of the retail price from Williams-Sonoma’s exclusive celebrity-designed spatulas benefit “No Kid Hungry”, a national campaign run by non-profit Share Our Strength, which works to solve hunger and poverty around the world. Participating celebrities include Kris Jenner, Kristen Bell, Ina Garter, Misha Collins and Dolly Parton

Bombas socks

2. Bombas apparel

Price: Varies

The sock and apparel company donates one clothing item to homeless shelters and community organizations for every Bombas clothing item someone purchases. Prices on Bombas items vary, but the Snowflake Calf Sock Gift Box (pictured), which contains four pairs of socks, costs $65. You can order a pair of Bombas women’s ankle socks on Amazon for about $23.

Warby Parker glasses
Warby Parker

3. Warby Parker glasses

Price: Varies  

In April 2020, Warby Parker shifted its “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program to focus on public health: Personal protective equipment and prevention supplies are currently distributed to people in need for the majority of Warby Parker glasses sold. The Toddy sunglasses, pictured, start at $175.

Unicorn pin

4. Rainbow Headquarters pins

Price: $9.90 to $11

Esty shop Rainbow Headquarters donates 10% of the net proceeds from its pins to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Its “I’m Not Weird, I’m Limited Edition” unicorn pin, pictured, cost $9.90.

Lush Charity Pot
Lush Cosmetics

5. Lush Charity Pot body lotion

Price: $29.95 for the 8.4-ounce pot (pictured) 

One-hundred percent of the price of Lush’s Charity Pot (minus taxes) goes to small grassroots organizations fighting for human, animal and environmental rights. The lotion is made from ingredients sourced through the cosmetics company’s Sustainable Lush Fund, an initiative that supports regenerative agriculture.

Brilliant Earth Diamond pendant
Brilliant Earth

6. Brilliant Earth’s ‘Diamonds that Care’ collection

Price: Varies

Brilliant Earth specializes in procuring and selling ethically-sourced jewelry, crafting pieces from conflict-free diamonds, lab-grown gemstones and recycled precious metals. Ten percent of each purchase from its “Diamond that Care” collection, which features ethically sourced brown diamonds, goes to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The Inner Compass diamond pendant (pictured) cost $990. 

The Trevor Project mug

7. The Trevor Project Collection from Williams-Sonoma

Price: Varies

Williams-Sonoma brands, which includes Pottery Barn, West Elm, Mark & Graham and Rejuvenation, launched a special collection in April 2020 that benefits The Trevor Project, a national non-profit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. The flagship brand’s Trevor Project mug (pictured) costs $14.95 with 50% of its purchase price going to the non-profit.

Casely case

8. Casely phone cases

Price: Varies 

Casely donates 5% of its net proceeds per phone case sold to a myriad of charities each year through its “Every Case Counts” initiative. Proceeds from cases sold in December will go to Tackle Kids Cancer, which raises money for pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at the Children’s Cancer Institute. The plaid case, pictured, retails for $35 on Amazon.

Ban.do necklace

9. Good Intentions necklace from ban.do

Price: $38

A portion of the proceeds from ban.do’s Good Intentions necklaces go to Girls Inc., a nonprofit on a mission to empower girls and young women. The necklaces are available in six different “intentions”: strength, gratitude, confidence, joy, optimism and kindness (pictured).

S'well Stainless Steel water bottle

10. S’well water bottle

Price: $25 to $45 

The reusable water bottle company has partnered with Unicef since 2015, committing $1.6 million to help provide safe, clean water to vulnerable communities around the world. Its 17-ounce, stainless steel water bottle — named one of Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite things in 2019 — is available on Amazon for $30. 

St. Jude's superhero ornaments
Pottery Barn

11. St. Jude superhero ornaments from Pottery Barn

Price: $17.50 for the set

Pottery Barn is donating 25% of the ornaments’ purchase price to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric treatment and research facility dedicated to curing childhood cancers and catastrophic diseases. The brand is similarly selling a special candle in partnership with St. Jude and will donate $5 to the children’s hospital every time someone purchases a gift card with artwork created by one of its patients.

Everlane T-Shirt

12. Everlane’s 100% Human collection

Price: Varies

Clothing company Everlane donates a portion of all sales from its 100% Human collection to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to defending constitutional rights. The 100% Human Being Human T-shirt, pictured, costs $32.

Love Your Melon hat
Love Your Melon

13. Love Your Melon hats

Price: Varies

Apparel company Love Your Melon donates 50% of its net profits after taxes to nonprofit organizations that fight against pediatric cancer. It also donates beanies to children battling the illness. The kids’ Mickey Mouse beanie, pictured, costs $65.

Military Grade coffee

14. Military Grade coffee

Price: $18.99

The online coffee company donates 10% of its net profits to the Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit that helps active duty military members, veterans, first responders, and their families. A one-pound bag of its premium dark roast coffee costs $18.99.

Nordstrom throw

15. Nordstrom Bliss Plush Throw

Price: $39.50

The chain is donating a portion of the proceeds from this polyester throw to Operation Warm, an organization that provides winter coats to kids in local communities across North America. To contribute, you can purchase the throw online or in Nordstrom stores through Dec. 31, 2020. 

West Elm ASPCA mug
West Elm

16. West Elm ASPCA mugs

Price: $6.99 to $24.99

Like other Williams-Sonoma brands, West Elm donates a portion of the profits from special collections to various charities. Among other philanthropic efforts this year, it will donate $1 to animal welfare organization ASPCA for every Cat and Dog mug (pictured) purchased, with a minimum donation of $30,000 by Jan. 31, 2021.

Hand in Hand soap set
Hand in Hand soap

17. Hand in Hand soap

Price: Varies

Going by the mantra “buy a bar, give a bar”, the company donates soap and clean water to children in need through a partnership with the non-profit My Neighbor’s Children. The Hand in Hand soap set (pictured) comes with four scents (lavender, citrus grove, cactus blossom and sea salt) and costs $16.99. 

Grounds & Hounds coffee

18. Grounds & Hounds coffee

Price: Varies

The online organic coffee company donates 20% of all profits to rescues offering dogs a second chance (hence the name). Its three-blend starter kit (pictured) features the brand’s most popular blends and costs $27.99.

Need more “cup of Joe” inspo? Check out our ultimate gift guide for coffee lovers

Rainbow tote
Uncommon Goods

19. Rainbow Market tote by Uncommon Goods

Price: $25 

Online shop Uncommon Goods is donating 100% of the profits from this Rainbow tote to non-profit Americares’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The tote features artwork by kids in the retailer’s community.

Family Meal cookbook

20. “Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community”

Price: $5.99

All of the proceeds from this e-cookbook from Penguin Random House benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which provides assistance to individual workers, restaurants and non-profits that are supporting them during the pandemic. 

Rescue Candle

21. Rescue Candles

Price: Varies

Etsy shop Rescue Candle donates 25% of the net proceeds from its hand-poured, soy candles to animal rescue organization fundraisers. The eight-ounce Banana Nut Bread mason jar candle, pictured, costs 24.99.

LifeStraw water bottle

22. Lifestraw products

Price: Varies

Lifestraw, which makes and sells water filtration and purification devices, provides one child in need with safe drinking for a year for each product sold. Its filtered water bottle costs $44.95 on Amazon.

Patagonia vest

23. Patagonia clothing

Price: Varies

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has pledged 1% of its sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment since 1985. The purple Men’s Nano puff vest, pictured, costs $149.

Pure Vida Sea Turtle bracelet

24. Pura Vida bracelets

Price: Varies

Jewelry company Pura Vida donates proceeds from many of its signature bracelets to partner charities. For instance, 5% of the purchase price of its Sea Turtle bracelet, pictured, goes to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The Pura Vida Sea Turtle bracelet is available on Amazon for $14.99.

Toms boots

25. Toms shoes

Price: Varies

Footwear and apparel company Toms distributes shoes and grants, worth at least one-third of its nets profits, to a wide array of charities each year. It’s currently donating to partners battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toms Women’s Avery ankle boots, pictured, are available through Amazon for $59.99 to $99.95.

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Jeanine Skowronski

Jeanine Skowronski is a veteran personal finance journalist and content strategist, she has previously served as the Head of Content at Policygenius, Executive Editor of Credit.com and a columnist for Inc. Magazine. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, American Banker Magazine, Newsweek, Business Insider, CNBC and more.