Gifts That Give Back 2023

It’s that time of the year again! Before you rush out to malls or websites to purchase your holiday gifts, make sure to check out our sustainable gift guide first. The 2023 collection includes gifts at all price ranges that give back to social causes from healthcare and the environment to a number of women’s causes. Check out what’s new or visit one of previous editions and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Forged Flare ornaments

Ornaments for Animal Rescue

Looking for a Christmas party gift, hostess gift or a unique stocking stuffer for an animal lover? Forged Flare specializes in creating unique ornaments that are reminiscent of stained glass. Handcrafted in Texas and perfect for gifting, my Mother’s Angels ornaments make people feel seen, appreciated, and heard. Pick a design filtered by an emotion – representing luck, love, peace, etc; by birth month, holiday occasion or charity.

The Paw Print for Charity ($49.95) holiday ornament that shows an angel with a paw print, gives back 30% of every sale to HOME Rescue, a local animal shelter in the Dalls-Ft. Worth area. The founder, Jen Street and her family created this design with a specific intent — to give back directly as a thank you for getting them through the loss of their pet.

Tote Bags for the Planet

No one needs another tote bag, but yes, they do need this one! Any travel addict on your gift list is going to love the oversized tote bag by Xplorer Maps, with hand-drawn story maps and accessories that illustrate various destinations. Select your favorite national park, city or destination, or collect them all. Made of heavy duty cloth material, the tote bags are reusable and sustainable. Take them grocery shopping, to the beach, or even holiday shopping! Get a matching jigsaw puzzle and keep the entire family engaged during the holidays.

Xplorer Maps is a member of 1% for the Planet, which partners in conserving and preserving our public lands. To date, they’ve donated over $145,000 to nearly 40 different organizations worldwide. 

The bags cost $24.99 and are available through their website and on Amazon.

Sustainable Athletic Ware

Let’s face it – you are going to pack up a few pounds during the holidays and come January, you will likely set a new year’s resolution to eat healthy and exercise more! So, gift someone you love, as well as yourself, Vitality premium athletic apparel and loungewear for added motivation to move. My personal favorite is the Cloud II Trouser ($88) which comes in a dozen colors. It is flattering and super comfortable, perfect for running errands, walking at the trail, and while traveling.

Vitality’s brand designs are for everyBODY, available in sizes 2XS-4XL, including for men and women. Vitality’s mission of inclusivity, commitment to customers, and focus on confidence-inducing apparel remains at the forefront. Each piece of clothing is sustainable, ensuring steps to reduce energy consumption, material waste, and emissions. Along with sustainable and ethical production practices, Vitality has also raised $500,000+ for a variety of organizations including the Special Olympics, It Gets Better project, Active Minds, Girls, Inc., American Red Cross, and more.

Women’s Bean Project Gift Box

Gourmet Food Supporting Women in The Workforce

If there’s a foodie or chef on your gift list, get them a meaningful subscription box from the Denver-based social enterprise Women’s Bean Project (WBP). This initiative encapsulates gourmet products from WBP and additional complementary products from curated brands. For only $75, your receiver will get a box full of surprises each quarter, which includes an assortment of baking, soup and bread mixes, spices, snacks and recipes.

What sets this gourmet food subscription apart is its profound impact – 100% of the proceeds directly contribute to training and employing women who face significant barriers to entering the workforce. Women’s Bean Project hires women with histories of incarceration and homelessness, women who are ex-gang members or former addicts with multiple felonies, and puts them to work manufacturing gourmet food items. But more importantly, the nonprofit addresses the mental, physical, and emotional health of the women participating in the program.

Candier Candles

Candles for Female Leaders

Barbie is not the only one to highlight girl power in 2023! These cute vegan soy wax candles by Candier feature sassy and fun messages that make for the perfect personalized gift any woman or teen girl will love. Send good smells, holiday sprinkles and inspiring messages like the Donut Worry Candle. Warning – It actually smells like a fresh glazed donut and may make you hungry!

Candier’s flagship candles are poured in the U.S. with pure, natural sustainable soy wax and are cruelty-free blended with essential oils. Plus, a portion of all Candier sales go to Girls Inc, to support the next generation of female leaders. They’re also 100% committed to minimizing their carbon footprint and fighting climate change by limiting their plastic use and donating to Greenspark. 

Moon Sonders Dreamighty® wearable throw blanket

Blankets For Breast Cancer Victims

Want to gift a warm hug across the miles? Moon Sonders Dreamighty® wearable throw blanket will keep adults and kids warm and snuggly all through the winter. Available in solid colors and character patterns, the soft fleece blankets with sleeves are perfect to wear as you sip on hot chocolate, watch a feel good movie or while you wrap Christmas gifts.

The founder, Karen Bonnici is herself a breast cancer survivor and committed to supporting breast cancer victims. Her “Let Your Strength Shine” blanket is a heartwarming ally for the Pink Fund’s essential mission and 5% of profits from sales of blankets goes to alleviating the financial strain on breast cancer patients.

Order the Moon Sonder blankets for the entire family on Amazon. Kids $29.99 and adults $49.99.

Enjoy Ceramic Art Coffee Mug

Coffee Mugs Supporting Art

Gift the coffee lovers on your holiday list characteristic handcrafted coffee mugs and espresso cups created by artisans. These are no ordinary mugs! They are especially designed for those who cherish art, culture, and coffee. The best selling Snowman Mug ($49.99) with gold handle was conceptualized during a workshop where artisans shared tales of their childhood winter memories. Today, every purchase of this mug ensures their stories continue, fostering a community of shared memories and art.
For every mug sold, a portion of the proceeds is directed towards supporting local artisans and their families. Enjoy Ceramic Art also collaborate with community initiatives that focus on preserving traditional ceramic craftsmanship, ensuring a future for this art in the modern age.

Hats For Social Impact

Hats are a must have in my travel suitcase so I always love it when someone gifts me a new hat! You can’t have too many, right? One of my favorite hat companies is Wallaroo, which is made in Colorado and inspired by Australia. For nearly two decades, this company has been dedicated to creating trendy hats that effectively protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Skin cancer is a growing concern around the world, and Wallaroo takes skin cancer education and prevention seriously. Make sure to select a hat rated according to the UV radiation blocking capabilities. A UPF 50+ Palm Beach ($55) fabric fedora blocks 97.5% of ultraviolet rays, according to the Australian Radiation Protection Agency, and is fashionable to wear at ant resort. The wide brim Sanibel hat ($53) ensures maximum sun protection and the chin strap provides extra wind resistance for when you are out at the beach or open water.

Wallaroo Hat Company is part of a growing global community of 2,100 Certified B Corporation® making business a force of good. In addition to designing fashionably functional hats, Wallaroo donates sanitary products to women in need.

Saffron Marigold block print shower curtain

Block Printing Honoring Artisans  

If you are looking for household gifts for the parents or in-laws, Saffron Marigold is a fair trade, handcrafted textile company that produces beautiful, boho-chic home decor and accessories with unique block-printed designs. They work in fair trade partnership with artisans in India who utilize eco-friendly materials from local sources and adopt low-energy production techniques, mainly handcrafted methods. You can find table lines, bedspreads, quilts and shower curtains made of natural fibers like cotton, alongside reclaimed or upcycled materials, as well as low-impact and natural dyes. As a result, the patterns are vibrant and stylish!

Every purchase ensures a wonderful ripple effect: steady employment for skilled artisans, economic self-sufficiency for apprentices, and safeguarding the time-honored craft of block printing.

Alexis Jae Aircraft Pendant

Jewelry Supporting Breast Cancer Research

Alexis Jae Jewelry offers one on a kind solid 14k gold and diamond statement pieces that female travelers on your gift list will love. Ethically sourced gems and recycled gold ensure that the jewelry is not only pretty, but sustainable. They are also sold at wholesale prices without any middleman markups. What’s more? 25% of profits from all product sold support breast cancer research through a partnership with A Cure In Our Lifetime.

Check out the compass necklace ($600) that will remind you to stay course and follow your North Star, or get the jet setter a chic and versatile 14k gold aircraft pendant ($115).

Burlap & Barrel Spices

Spices For Equity

If you love to cook like me, you will love the quality of spices from Burlap & Barrel. They are a leading purveyor of single origin spices sourced equitably around the world. Founded in 2016, Burlap & Barrel is a single origin spice company and social enterprise working directly with expert spice farmers in more than 20 countries to source unique, beautiful spices for home cooks and professional chefs.

Really, their spices taste fresher and more flavorful because they come directly from small farms! With a better-than-fair-trade sourcing model, they help improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. You can find practically any spice on their website, from Royal Cinnamon and Zanzibar Black Peppercorns, to rare botanicals like Amazonian Pompona Vanilla and Wild Timur Pepper from the Himalayas. My personal favorite is the chef Floyd Cardoz masala gift set ($66.99) because it is packed with six essential flavors from all over India, but you really cannot go wrong with any of their spice collections.

Shiki Wraps

Gift Wraps For The Planet

Finally, wrap all your gifts this holiday season with Shiki Wrap’s reusable gift wrap and bags made from sustainable materials. You can machine wash and reuse these soft, stretchy, fabric wraps without any need for tapes and ribbons. These beautiful printed gift wraps not only help save the environment, they also support artists and feature designs that benefit nonprofit organizations. For example the Ocean Conservation themed prints benefit The Rozalia Project for clean oceans and a healthy marine ecosystem. Prices range from $14-25 per wrap. Get the entire holiday collection for $135 and you will have plenty to wrap all your gifts this year.

Shiki Wrap is a 1% for the Planet member that includes thousands of businesses and environmental organizations working together to support people and the planet.

Gifts That Give Back 2022

This year, it feels like holiday decorations were up before Halloween and Black Friday started two weeks earlier. I guess we just can’t wait to celebrate, so let me help you do just that! Like every year, I share a list of my favorite products to give and receive, but ones that also give back. Each of these are hand selected by me because they are not only wonderful gifts, but also meaningful. From empowering women and young girls to saving manta rays, these businesses make an environment or social impact. So make your holiday shopping worthwhile and give a unique, sustainable gift that also gives back in 2022 and beyond.

Fashion for The Ocean

A great gift for women who care about responsible fashion. FLORE QUO’s Iris cross-body shoulder bag ($350) is sleek and fashionable to carry during the holiday parties. I also use it to travel as it goes from the cocktail bar to the beach. The bag is made in Spain and comes with two crystals embellished interchangeable ornaments – signature Butterfly Crown and Manta. You can get it in pink, vibrant green and classic black.   

By wearing this bag, you won’t only make a fashion statement, but also show your love for the ocean and manta rays in particular. 10% of the profit from the bags are donated to the Manta Trust, a charity registered in England and Wales.    

Receive 10% off your purchase with FLORE QUO with code “GOEATGIVE.”

Jewelry for a Cause

Remember a loved one or give hope to someone battling a life threatening disease. Revive Jewelry’s affordable bracelets, rings and earrings (retail prices ranging from $25-$117) make for great gifts to moms, daughters, survivors and caregivers. Each of the pieces honors loved ones and survivors by incorporating cellular imagery in the design. The best part is you have flexibility to choose which cause you want to stand for.

10% of proceeds from sales are donated to an associated charity. For example, if you purchase the Forever Tied Awareness Bracelet, you can select which cause you want to give to – Alzheimers, breast cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. There are 18 causes to choose from.

Use code “GOEATGIVE” to get 10% off your purchase on Revive Jewelry. Valid through 12/31/22.

candles are gifts that give back

Candles by Refugees

Who cannot use a candle that gives back during the holidays? Prosperity Candle’s Burmese Candles ($28) are handmade with all-natural soy and coconut wax and premium fragrances. Each scent in this series evokes a cherished memory from the women artisans and refugees who came to the U.S. from their homeland of Burma (Myanmar). With handwritten Burmese symbols, each candle reflects the incredible qualities they brought with them as refugees seeking to build a brighter future for their families: such as peace, kindness, gratitude, joy, and compassion. Your purchase helps provide employment at a living wage.  

Use code “WELCOME10” at prosperitycandle.com to receive 10% off your first order. 

Wall Decor By Emerging Artists

Make a big impact in the life on an artist when you gift this trendy BIG Wall Decor ($40-700). The innovative two-part durable and portable wall decor system makes for good holiday, housewarming, office and college grad gifts. Designed by emerging artists, there are colorful abstracts, soothing nature and contemporary imagery for any space. And what is great is the massive size that fills up the wall without costing hundreds of dollars to frame. Since BIG Wall Decor started in 2019, they have paid over $500,000 to new artists. 

Use code “GIVE20” to receive 20% off BIG Wall Decor

Eco Friendly Slings

Anyone outdoorsy on your holiday gift list? Urban Bower is a sustainable eco-friendly outdoor gear store that sells high-quality products while caring for the environment. You can get lanterns, blankets, cutlery, chargers, towels, bento boxes and hammocks, but my favorite is the Circadian Sling Bag ($52). Made from plastic bottles and designed in Portland, Oregon, the bag is super light, hands-free with tons of storage for walking around town or hiking in the forests. Plus, you can get a design to represent your favorite animal – lion, camel, eagle, cobra and more!

Each of their products is sourced from businesses that are either a B-Corp, part of 1% for the planet, help clean waterways of plastic, give back to their community or give back in other ways.

Get 10% off your oder on Urban Bower with discount code “goeatgive10.”

Food To Fight Hunger

Foodies on your gift list will appreciate Bookmarks and Breadsticks’ Read It & Eat It Winter Hot Sauce box ($60). The perfect holiday gift contains a copy of the book – Hot Sauce Nation, a trio of hot sauces from woman-owned business Queen Majesty’s, and Bee Sting Honey Sriracha Flavored Chips for dipping. The site also offers holiday peppermint and hot cocoa boxes and $5 from each purchase is used to fight hunger in Buffalo. These holiday boxes support FEEDWNY and The Good Deed Grocery, organizations that bring free food to area schools.

best toys to gift in 2022

Toys That Empower Girls

Did you know that two-third of girls don’t think they can be whatever they want to be? Why is that? If you have a pre-teen girl to shop for, inspire them with fun and interactive LeadHER craft collection ($24.99). These craft kits includes an educational story of a known powerful woman, such as Maya Angelou, Greta and Amanda Garman Thunberg. They also include thoughtful discussion questions that encourage them to use their voice for change.

What’s more, LeadHER donates a portion of proceeds to organizations working to empower girls across the globe. They have given over $30,000 in products to Girls Inc. of Westchester and Girls on the Run LA this year alone.

dates that give back

Chocolate Covered Dates

If you gravitate to sugary sweet treats on cold winter afternoons, here’s one that is good for you, good for the world, and good for the planet. Hot Date Kitchen dark chocolate covered sweet and salty organic medjool dates ($9.79) filled with spiced sunflower butter are plant-based and gluten-free. They are also a Carbon Neutral company and donate 10% of their profits to the Clean Air Task Force (considered one of the highest impact charities working on Climate Change Mitigation), and to GiveWell (high impact non-profit working on poverty alleviation in developing countries).

But wait, this Black Friday weekend, they will be donating 100% of profits to Climate Change nonprofits.

Taaluma bag give back to artists in Rwanda

Totes Funding Micro Loans

I like to buy locally-made souvenirs from the places I visit, but don’t always have the luggage space to haul them back. That’s why, when I saw Taaluma Rwanda Tote by Isabelle S. ($95), I fell in love with the colorful fabrics and the backstory. As seen on Shark Tank, Taaluma works with fabric-making artisans from around the globe to make limited quantities of culturally-inspired tote bags. These can be used as backpacks at school, office or while traveling (they have passport and laptop pockets).

Each purchase contributes to funding a micro loan for a small business owner, therefore helping reduce poverty, eliminate hunger and increase access to education. Get one Taaluma tote from each country!

socks that give back to Seattle children hospital

Socks For Children’s Health

Get down to the basics. For your last minute stocking stuffers, get Arvin Goods‘ soft, fitting and responsibly made socks ($12+). They come in a variety of colors and athletic, crew and no-show styles. Made with 50% or more certified organic materials, each pair of socks helps save 50+ gallons of fresh water.  Arvin Goods donates 10% of profits annually to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

give back to nature

Fashion For Earth

If you are shopping for activewear, tees or loungewear, Happy Earth Apparel is a new, stylishly sustainable B Corp certified fashion company that puts people and the planet first. The fabrics are organic and made with sustainable material. They partner with fair trade and carbon neutral businesses. When you check out, you get an option to give to causes such as reforestation, climate change and stopping pollution.

Make a statement with the soft and sustainable give a damn hoodie ($60) on your hikes, travels and gym visits!