The 10 best gifts that give back this holiday season

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The true spirit of the holiday season is all about giving. And while “giving” is usually thought of in terms of presents under a tree, it’s also important to give back during the holidays — and beyond.

But giving a cool gift that gives back at the same time? Now, that’s a whole lot to love.

These gifts that give back not only make amazing presents, but also give back to incredible causes making tangible change in the world. If you need a little gift inspiration this holiday season, consider giving one of these ten stellar charitable gifts. You’ll be “giving” in more ways than one.

1. The Little Market With Love Gift Set, $64

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The Little Market is a nonprofit shop selling ethically-sourced home goods and accessories made by refugees, people with disabilities, young mothers, survivors of sex trafficking and those living in poverty. Since the market’s launch in 2013, the nonprofit has generated 864,929 hours of work for underserved communities. If someone in your life likes chic decor and luxe candles, then look no further.

2. Everlane’s 100 Percent Human Masks, Set Of 5, $25

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Everlane’s 100 Percent Human line includes tees, baseball hats and even face masks. For every 100 Percent Human product sold, Everlane donates 10 percent of profits to the American Civil Liberties Union. To date, the ACLU has donated over $1 million through the 100 Percent Human line. Plus, who doesn’t need another face mask?

3. Pottery Barn’s Doctors Without Borders Ornaments, Set Of 3, $37.50

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To show gratitude to first responders and healthcare workers, Pottery Barn created these ceramic ornaments in tribute to essential workers. The retailer donates 25 percent of the purchase price to support Doctors Without Borders. These ornaments are a great way to remember all the good done this year by first responders, even in the scariest of circumstances.

4. Love Your Melon Black Speckled Pom Beanie, $35

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Love Your Melon makes stylish knit beanies (and other products like blankets and sweaters) to benefit kids with cancer. The brand donates 50 percent of net profits directly to organizations working to support children and families or working toward research efforts. Since its launch in 2012, the brand has raised more than $7.2 million to fund pediatric cancer research. The brand has also gifted more than 200,000 hats to children battling cancer.

5. Thistle Farms Hope For The Holidays Gift Set, $65

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Thistle Farms is a nonprofit dedicated to helping women survivors of exploitative sex work, trafficking and addiction. The nonprofit provides housing for these women, while also providing employment and recovery support. The nonprofit’s online store sells products created by these women, and the order fulfillment is also done by survivors. All profits benefit the program’s continued running and provide income for workers healing from trauma.

6. Cuddle + Kind Penelope The Flamingo, $80

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Cuddle + Kind sells adorable fair trade knit dolls handmade by women artisans in Peru, providing these women with reliable income and sustainable working conditions. Not only that, but the purchase of any Cuddle + Kind doll provides 10 meals to poor and at-risk children around the world. Since September 2015, the brand has provided more than 13 million meals to children in need.

7. UNICEF Market Soapstone Jewelry Box, $44.99

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UNICEF Market is the ultimate place to shop for gifts that give back. The market sells handcrafted goods by artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America, providing these makers with fair working conditions and income. But proceeds also benefit UNICEF’s mission of protecting the world’s most vulnerable children through fundraising, advocacy and education.

8. Who Gives A Crap The A-Z Edition, $55

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Among a lot of things, 2020 has been the year of toilet paper. Capitalize on the bathroom staple’s popularity by gifting 48 rolls of the good stuff by Who Gives A Crap. The brand not only creates sustainable toilet paper made of bamboo and recycled paper but it also donates 50 percent of profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. 

9. LottoLove Two Pack Gift, $20

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Forget reckless gambling. LottoLove takes the concept of scratch-off tickets and flips it for good. For every LottoLove card purchased, the impactful brand donates to nonprofit partners, supporting access to clean water, solar light, nutritious meals or literacy tools. Every card is a “winner,” and shows what your money gave to those in need, whether it be a week of clean water, four months of solar light or three meals for hungry children.

10. Bombas Holiday Ankle Socks, $85.50 (Orig. $90)

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Bombas creates socks (and T-shirts) you’ll actually want to give for the holidays. For every item purchased, the company donates an item to those in need. Socks are one of the least donated and most needed items for poor and homeless populations, making the mission of Bombas especially impactful. To date, the brand has donated more than 43 million socks to those in need.

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