Gifts that Give Back

Generosity for the holidays: A charity-friendly gift guide

By Audrey Ashe

The saying “the best gifts are the ones that keep on giving” has always been meaningful, and perhaps now more than ever as we unite to support and help others. With the holidays just around the corner and good will towards men and women in our hearts, here are some delightful gift ideas that are either partnered with or donate an amount of their proceeds to all sorts of charitable causes.



For Fashionistas

Colorblock Tote Bag from Hozen

Meaning “conservation” in Japanese, Hozen produces small-batch bags made from sustainable vegan leather and incorporates fair wage for employees. Ten percent of their profits go to Mercy for Animals, an international nonprofit charity for animal rights. Hozen boasts a catalogue full of chic and unique styles of bags and clutches that can dress up any outfit. HozenCollection.com, $270

Faux Fur Pom Beanie from Mitscoots Outfitters

Founded deep in the heart of Texas, Mitscoots Outfitters employs people transitioning out of homelessness to help them establish a stable environment and source of income. For every article of clothing purchased, they donate the same product of equal quality to someone in need. They offer a variety of comfortable, versatile clothing for men, women, and babies. Mitscoots.com, $35

For Foodies

Energizing Delights by Packed with Purpose

Each goodie box is composed of products bought from a multitude of local and sustainable businesses and organizations, including those in fair trade, women’s outreach, employment programs, sustainable textiles, and clean water. By purchasing one of their boxes, you are supporting multiple causes in one fell swoop! They offer munchies of all varieties as well as gift boxes for babies, gardeners, eco-enthusiasts, aromatherapy lovers, and more. PackedWithPurpose.Gifts, $75

Coffee of the Month Club from Fire Dept. Coffee

Veteran founded and owned, this company employs both active and veteran firefighters. 10% of proceeds go to their charity foundation that provides resources and help for injured firefighters and first responders. Receive a bag of specialty coffee each month in a custom-designed bag that includes notes on what region the beans are from and their unique flavor profile. FireDeptCoffee.com, $15.99/month

For Beauty Gurus

Charity Pot from Lush Cosmetics

Lush has always been a defender of sustainability, fair trade, and animal rights. It’s a no-brainer that they give back to communities as well. By purchasing a Charity Pot lotion size of your choice, 100% of proceeds minus tax go to the current grassroots organization with the Charity Pot foundation, with charities changing every few months. LushUSA.com, $7.95 to $29.95

The Essential Box from Lovegoodly

Love Goodly partners with and donates to animal rights organizations such as Farm Sanctuary and Paws Works, and organizations involved in cancer support and finding a cure for cervical cancer. The purchase of their ethical and sustainably sourced products helps continue their support. The most bang-bang-for-your-buck (and also most fun!) is the monthly mystery beauty box. LoveGoodly.com, $34.95/bimonthly

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