When buying gifts for the holidays, I always look to companies that give back. It’s important that my purchase helps people, provides resources, and grants opportunities to communities that have less than myself. Gifts that give back to charity is a cause I’m extremely passionate about.
If this sounds like you, I’m happy to tell you that there are so many companies that have initiatives benefiting those in underprivileged communities. If you’re looking to support companies that give back to charity when you’re shopping for holiday gifts, check out these brands!
Co-founders Stephanie Pollaro and Wendy Dailey created nonprofit International Sanctuary to provide resources to women escaping human trafficking. Purpose Jewelry’s items were created by women in the program, and 100% of the proceeds for these items go directly to International Sanctuary.
100% of the proceeds from Lush’s Charity Pots go toward organizations dedicated to human rights, animal protection, and environmental justice. Since the program started, Lush has raised $50M, giving proceeds to 1,850 projects in North America, and 950 globally.
Aside from their socks being super cute and warm, Bombas has a deeper purpose: with each pair of socks purchased, they donate a pair to the homeless community.
Kendra Scott’s “Shop for Good” is…a shop for good. On her site, you’ll find a page of jewelry benefiting multiple organizations, funding everything from breast cancer research to educational scholarships for the families of those with fallen service members.
Uncommon Goods began their Better to Give program in 2001. Basically, shoppers can give back simply by shopping, and Uncommon Goods will donate $1 to a charity partner. To date, they’ve donated more than $2.5M to causes including American Forests and RAINN. If you’re looking for a way to give back in a way your loved one would appreciate, gift them something they adore and donate $1 to a cause they genuinely care about.
Parks Project has all types of products for adventurers, but they’re also dedicated to giving back to the places you love. They fund a variety of initiatives, including preservation of public lands and bear-proof canisters at Denali, and have raised more than $2M in total.
UNESCO estimates that 132 million girls are out of school globally. Tatcha’s Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures fund helps keep girls in school through the Girls’ Education Program in Asia and Africa. Purchases have equated to 5,856,659 days in school so far.
Artisans all over the world are employed by Pura Vida — 800, approximately. But Pura Vida also believes in giving back through donating to disaster relief, planting trees through charity partnerships, and by offsetting their carbon emissions.
Whether you need prescription glasses, sunglasses, or blue light blockers, you’ll find the cutest frames at DIFF. But the brand also believes in giving back. They have partnered with Eyes On Africa to provide vision support, and so far, they’ve helped more than 20,000 people; Svosh, with whom they have granted eye exams to 10,000 children in developing countries; and RestoringVision, which donates one pair of eyeglasses if you buy a pair of DIFF’s sunglasses, donating more than 1.5 million worldwide.
STATE Bags has created a series of events, their Bag Drops and Special Products. At these events, members of STATE Bags visit schools to dance, motivate through speeches, and bring fully-loaded backpacks to underserved communities.
This veteran-owned and firefighter-run coffee company gives back 10% of net proceeds to ill and injured firefighters and first responders through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation.
Pottery Barn really believes in giving back. Certain items provide proceeds to a variety of organizations. For example, superhero ornaments support St. Jude’s; serveware dishes benefit No Kid Hungry; and a rainbow doormat’s proceeds go to The Trevor Project. The gift options for giving back are endless.
Williams Sonoma encourages donations first and foremost — they believe in giving directly to the organizations. But they also offer items to support causes, like Christmas mugs for St. Jude’s and black-and-brown rainbow mugs for NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).
Did you know that 785 million people live without safe and clean water? It’s something many don’t think about — but Corkcicle does. Partnering with charity: water, Corkcicle aims to donate proceeds to provide underdeveloped countries with the water many take for granted.
FEED makes it easy to see your impact: the number on each of their products indicates how many meals your purchase provides. Thanks to serious shoppers, they’ve provided more than 100 million meals to children in schools, helping them to thrive in less-than-ideal conditions.
Which companies that give back are you supporting through holiday gift shopping? What gifts will you be nabbing to give back to charity? Tell us in the comments!
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