Gifts that give back... and people actually want!

Gifts that give back

What’s better than seeing a smile on someone’s face when you give them a gift!? Giving them a gift that gives back or makes an impact in some way!

Every holiday season I try to get creative with personalized gifts for people. This year I decided I wanted to give even more… meaning I wanted to support brands or small companies that were doing what they could to make a difference in some way.

Initially I thought that would be tough because can you really find gifts that give back but are still thoughtful, personalized, and that people would be excited about!?

Turns out there are some really great options!!

I did some research and I’ve got you covered if you want to get all philanthropic with me this year... here are 15 great gifts for amazing causes AND happy giftees!

  1. Love your melon hats

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These adorable hats have been around for a few years. They are trendy, cute, and cozy. Added bonus half of the net proceeds from each sale go to pediatric cancer organizations.

2. Sseko bags and accessories

Beautiful leather bags, accessories, and more! This company is committed to creating opportunity and community for women globally.  Their goal is to help curb poverty in Ethiopia by employing women in meaningful, sustainable work. Additional profits from the products are also used to empower and provide education to women in Uganda through dedicated programs. When you buy one of their products you're giving a woman the opportunity to pursue her dreams and become leader in her community and our world. AMAZING!

3. Swell Water Bottles

You know I’m big on hydration! These reusable bottles of beautiful, sustainable, and charitable. S'well has provided over 320,000 reusable bottles to NYC public high school students across all five boroughs, hoping to help displace more than 54 million single-use plastic bottles in New York City.

4. Wewood watches

Holiday Gifts that Give Back

This is for my fellow fashionable nature nerds! These watches are completely free of toxic and artificial materials, making it more sustainable than other watch brands..

And the company collaborates with Trees For The Future to plant a tree for every watch purchased. Their Goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every watch. Since 2011, WeWOOD has planted over 600,000 trees with its partners. Their goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2020. Keeping forests healthy and happy keeps us healthy and happy!

5. Life Straw Waterbottles

Drinking clean water and staying hydrated has never been easier! LifeStraw Go 2-stage filtration water bottles are equipped with a real-time filtration system, which cleans bacteria and contaminants out of water as you sip.

Through the company's Follow the Liters program, every LifeStraw product sold provides a child in a developing country with access to clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year.

6. Cuddle and Kind dolls

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Imagine is a cuddle could change the world. The makers of these cute dolls at Cuddle + Kind think it can.

Cuddle + Kind's dolls are ethically produced by Peruvian women artisans, and the company was started by a family on a mission to help feed starving children. The sale of one doll equals 10 meals provided to children in need. These are adorable gifts for children and you what better way to introduce them to the true spirit of giving and gifting.

7. State Back Packs

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STATE's Mini Kane backpacks are fashion-forward bags that deliver both style and impact. The bags feature a main storage compartment, zippered front pocket and velcro side pockets. Plus, they come in stunning color combinations, like pink and mint or green and navy. There's even an old-school Nickelodeon-themed bag.

For each Mini Kane backpack sold, STATE will donate a pack filled with essential "tools for success" to a U.S. child in need, through the company's #GiveBackPack campaign.

8. Sevenly Outfitters  

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Whether it’s clothing or accessories…. You can find a gift for any age or gender here and you can even choose a product based on a cause you want to support. The company started on a simple, core belief that ‘People Matter.’ The team activated the now global ‘cause art’ movement and started creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase “advocacy art, apparel and accessories” that donate to non-profits.You choose apparel based on the cause you want to support - from autism to cancer to human trafficking and more.

9. Starling Project Candles

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The Starling Project candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn,  New York and are composed of soy wax, recycled glass, cotton wicks and ethically-sourced essential oils. Each candle burns for a minimum of 60 hours. The company was founded in 2015 with the mission of providing solar energy to communities in need around the world

10. Mudlove

Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Cute mugs, planters, animal bowls, and more. Really there are so many cute options! This company is on a mission to transform pottery into love. Through their partnership with Water for Good , every product you purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need.

Were you as pleasantly surprised as me!? So many amazing gift ideas that will bring smiles, make an impact, and warm your heart!

Here’s to a holiday season of giving even more.