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18 Gifts That Give Back This Holiday Season

By: colleen clark

December 7, 2016

Image from Cuddle + Kind

We love giving and receiving gifts as much as the next person. But sometimes the frenzy of holiday consumption can start to feel a little, well, Scrooge-y. So how do you show that you care about both your loved ones and the wider world? By giving a gift that gives back. We’ve rounded up 18 beautiful pieces from companies with beautiful missions. From serveware that benefits the homeless, to environmentally friendly textiles whose proceeds help fund healthcare in India, these good deed gifts keep the holiday spirit burning bright.

For Hip Moms and Boho Beauties:


Cali company Block Shop Textiles creates heirloom-worthy, environmentally friendly pieces that help support the local economy in Bagru, India. In addition, they donate 5% of their profits to implement health programs, from primary care to water filtration. We’re obsessed with their indigo pillows ($85) and hand-stitched baby blankets ($250).

For Cuddly Cutiepies:


Family-run Cuddle + Kind creates seriously adorable (and ethically produced) toys like these cuddly foxes ($65 each), which are hand-knitted in Peru. For each toy sold, the company donates 10 meals through the World Food Program USA, the Children’s Hunger Fund or the CHF Mercy Network, which runs orphanages in Haiti.

For Outdoorsy (and Stylish) Adventurers:


For each environmentally friendly product sold by hip Philly gear company United by Blue, they remove a pound of trash from our oceans and waterways. That means that this camping cocktail kit ($75) and cabin living gift box both go a long way towards supporting the outdoor spaces that your adventurous friends and family love.

For Savvy Chefs:


Citizenry scours the globe to develop relationships with artisans around the world. They provide grants and pay fair wages, cutting out the middle man to bring high-quality goods at a reasonable price to a larger market. We love their thoughtful take on everyday items like this gorgeous, hand carved gourmet set from Mexico ($255) and this glazed ceramic dish set from Ireland ($375).

For Your Sweet Aunt or Mama:


Your mama always tucked you in and made sure you had a safe and cozy night’s sleep. And Crane & Canopy believes that all people should feel the same. That’s why they donate bedding to domestic violence shelters across the country. Plus their luxury linens are manufactured in ethically and environmentally friendly factories. So your sweet aunty or mom can sleep well at night in their soft bedding (from $30).

For Your Globetrotting Friend:

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Travel-inspired decor brand, Dear Keaton aims to make every day feel like a resort day with their globally made products. You can feel good about gifting your globetrotting friends an inlaid frame ($64), indigo vase ($50), cluster bud vase ($25), or pineapple jar ($32) because their goods are fair trade and ethically sourced.

For the Hostess With the Mostest:


Funky serveware brand Cheeky makes playfully printed platters, mugs and dish sets for Target. They also make it their mission to address hunger in the US by providing a meal through Feeding America for each item purchased, like this porcelain bowl ($16.99).

For the Too-Cool-for-School Trendsetter:

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Fancy candles are, hands down, one of our favorite gifts to receive. They fall into the category of “things I wouldn’t splurge on myself.” And they make an even better gift when they come from Brooklyn company Keap, which makes environmentally responsible products with edgy designs like this tea light sampler ($50) or this gift set ($110), complete with a concrete tray and sculptural snuffer. Even better, they donate $1 from every candle sale to bring solar lamps to the 1.3 billion people around the world that don’t have access to the electrical grid.

For the Winter Hibernator:


The design minds behind Local + Lejos have pretty much the best jobs ever — scouring the planet to find beautifully crafted home goods, working with artisans to create modern designs and then bringing them to a larger audience. Proceeds from the sale of products like this lumbar pillow, handwoven in Southern Mexico ($150), help support local communities.

For the Stylish Foodie:


Founded by Lauren Bush, FEED is one of the most well-known, socially conscious companies. They create environmentally friendly clothing, accessories and home goods under fair-labor conditions with cooperatives from Kenya to Colombia. Proceeds from the sale of goods like their FEED + West Elm apron ($29) to their FEED + Mouth holiday gift bag ($74) go towards providing school lunches for children in need around the world.

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