The holiday season is supposed to be the season of giving back. But, we can’t pretend that it isn’t also the season of giving gifts.
So we thought, why not merge these two elements of the holidays and share 12 gift ideas that actually give back to something bigger, and greater, than all of us?
If you’re looking to give, and give back, all in one fell swoop, then these 12 companies are a great place to start.
Out of Print is on the mission to bring more books to the children of Africa. They partner with Books for Africa by donating a book for every purchase made on their website.
Out of Print sells unique clothing and accessories – each item is adorned with a famous book or author. Take, for example, their 1984 Orwell T-Shirt collection, or their Moby Dick shirts. If you have a bookworm on your list, Out of Print is a can’t-lose option.
The company has donated well over a million books since they began.
For every pair of Roma Boots sold, the company donates a new pair to a child who needs one, and 10% of all proceeds go to educational initiatives.
Roma Boots are incredibly popular rain boots, and the company’s dedication to merging fashion with philanthropy has built them a loyal fan base.
1Face sells modern watches for various causes, including cancer, hunger, clean water, animal rights, breast cancer, disaster relief, environmental, AIDS and education. They also offer a watch that supports all nine of their causes.
They are known as the largest charity watch brand in the world. Their philanthropic efforts have helped change more than a million lives, and counting. Here are just a few examples of how they have helped change the world:
– 175,267 meals provided to Kenyans in need
– 2,648 AIDS treatments provided to people living in South Africa
– 2,003 homeless animals placed in homes in Canada
– 618,776 cancer patients supported in the U.S.
And that’s just a few.
Many countries don’t just lack running water. They also lack hygienic and effective toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Kids around the world suffer constant oral pain. They suffer from lack of self-esteem that makes them not want to smile.
Smile Squared aims to change all that. Their toothbrushes are made of bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and with every purchase, Smile Squared donates a toothbrush to a child in need. To date, they’ve donated oral care products in all 50 states and in 24 countries around the world.
Twice as Warm follows the “Wear One, Give One” model: Every time you buy one of Twice as Warm’s hats, gloves, scarves or other clothing, the company gives that same item to someone in need.
All of their products are made in the USA and their donated items are sent to local shelters and organizations.
Yoobi’s school supplies are both fun and functional (not to mention very colorful). They offer everything from desk organizers to writing tools, notebooks and more.
Best yet, the company donates its supplies to students who need them in schools around the U.S. With every item purchased, Yoobi adds an item to a Classroom Pack, a grab-bag of essential learning tools. Once a Classroom Pack is full, Yoobi’s partner, Kids in Need Foundation, helps the company find a school to send it to.
The New York-based company Warby Parker started out with a simple goal in mind, bring affordable yet stylish glasses to the masses, and provide eyewear to people in need all around the world.
One of the only carbon-neutral eyewear brands in the world, Warby Parker has distributed over a million pairs of eyeglasses to people in need. According to the company’s website, a pair of glasses increases productivity by 35 percent and can increase monthly income by 20 percent.
Partnering with non-profit VisionSpring, Warby Parker is committed not only to providing glasses, but also to creating sustainable networks of both manufacturing and eye care in communities across the globe.
Project 7 is a specialty gum and mints company committed to improving the world. The company takes its name from seven global issues it supports, including environmental sustainability, housing for the homeless, food and water shortages around the world, healthcare, education, and anti-bullying campaigns.
To date, Project 7 has planted 3.7 million trees, provided 3.1 million meals in the U.S., facilitated 1.1 million hours of education, and more.
Sevenly helped pioneer the “cause art” movement with products that relate directly to a specific charitable endeavor. Each week, Sevenly activates a new campaign.
With every purchase of an item linked to that campaign, the company donates 7 percent of the profits.
For example, here are two t-shirt campaigns the company has:
– The Mountains are Calling – 7% of each purchase benefits environmental nonprofits, including the National Parks Foundation
– People Matter – 7% of each purchase funds Sevenly’s pledge to Give Kids the World
In less than five years, Sevenly has raised $4.5 million for a host of charities and causes.
Love Your Melon sells beanies, hats, clothing, and more, in an effort to help children battling cancer. They’re dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America. In addition, 50% of profits from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to their nonprofit partners, focused on fighting and curing pediatric cancer.
Founded in 2010, MiiR makes sleek, eco-conscious water bottles, bicycles, bags, and other accessories.
They take their name from one of the original environmental conservationists, John Muir, for a reason: They pride themselves on sustainability.
For every MiiR hydration product sold, the company helps provide a full year’s supply of clean water for one person. To date, MiiR has completed 44 large-scale water projects around the world, including Uganda, Laos, Honduras and more.
In addition to its focus on sustainable water supplies around the world, MiiR is also very active in contributing bicycles to communities in need: The company has provided over 3000 bicycles to people both at home and abroad.